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Southern Region JULY 2018

In this issue: Venturing Fest Kodiak Challenge Area Events Page JTE Tip of the Month Save the Dates President’s Corner W

Close to 2000 participants and staff attended VenturingFest, with over 800 Ventureres from the Southern Region hanging out at BaseCamp Delta. Thank you to everyone who made this a summer to remember. We met Scouts from all over the United States, as well as, Canada, Ireland, Egypt, Trinidad and Tabago. We played in the rain, walked 10+ miles a day, Zip-lined, shot bows and arrows, swung from the canopies, rode bikes and skateboards, learned about conservation and sustainability in the coolest treehouse ever, conquered the water obstacle course, paddled in Goodrich Lake, caught some fish, ran a 5k, partied all night long at the most epic Dance Party, played a little glow in the dark capture the flag and had the BEST WEEK of our LIVES!! We had so much fun getting to know so many of you. I don’t know about you, but this will be a summer to remember. -Kynzee Ganz Southern Region, VP Communications

To celebrate the twentieth year of Venturing, Southern Region has created an exclusive neckerchief. It features a maroon base with green and gold borders. Our special year cannot go without the twentieth year logo embroidered to the maroon base. All funds go to support the Southern Region Venturing program. www.srvbsa.com


Southern Region VOA Officers We are so blessed to be officers in an amazing organization. We had a great time coming together to create a vision of how to better serve each and every Area, Council and Unit. Expect big things this year and know you can reach out to any of us for help. If you need a cheerleader, a sounding board, a shoulder to cry on, you name it, we are here to celebrate your journey with you guys.


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VenturingFest offered the Kodiak Challenge and a Course Directors Conference. Over two hundred youths and adults participated and took away meaningful experiences and a new understanding of leadership. As the senior crew guide, I was able to see change not only in the participants but staff alike. There are five segments to the Kodiak Challenge: communication, stages of team development, inclusiveness, ethical decision making, and servant leadership. Leaders left our course to make their communities better. An incredible sight from our course was the closing ceremony- youth created a large circle, surrounded by the advisors. Our final debrief was filled with inspiration and the spark of enthusiasm for leadership. Prior to this, all nine crews formed their own circles and conducted a Start, Stop, and Continue, a method of collecting feedback about how the course went and what they took away. The highlight of our course was to create leaders who can reflect and make the next time better. From all of the Kodiak Challenge staff, we hope all two hundred participants learned more about leadership and themselves. Thank you for the opportunity to lead this course, and we’ll see you soon!

AJ McGugin, Senior Kodiak Guide Southern Region VP: Administration


We had two amazing guests come and visit us at VenturingFest and speak with our Kodiak participants. Mike Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of BSA spoke about his vision and all the opportunities Summit can offer Scouts for years to come. Richards “Doc� Miller, creator of the Kodiak program and one of the founders of Venturing spoke about how excited he was to have the program make a big come back this year and for the future of Venturing.


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August 10-12, Area 2 VOA Orientation @Camp Wisdom in the Circle Ten Council Sept. 21-23, Venturing the Gathering @TRJ, hosted by Circle 10 VOA October 5-7, Area 2 Catalyst @Sid Richardson, hosted by Longhorn Council

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Nov. 9-11, Highland Games @Camp Tahuaya in Belton Dessert Social by Crew 445 March 2019 (exact date TBD) – Area 2 Venturing Rendezvous @ Camp Wisdom

September, Powderhorn Capitol Area and Longhorn @Camp Tahuaya September/October, Powderhorn Alamo Area Council

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August 10-12, Area 2 VOA Orientation Aug 17-18, Area 5 Orientation @Camp Wisdom in the Circle Ten Council Legacy is the annual gathering of Venturers in SR5! September, Legacy 6 will be held at Camp Old IndianPowderhorn outside of Capitol Area and Longhorn @Camp Tahuaya Greenville, SC from Sep 21-23. sr5ventuing This year's theme is Wild Wild West! See you 2019 then! (exact date TBD) - Area 2 Venturing Rendezvous @ Camp Wisdom March

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Jan. 26, 2019—Leadership Conference

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September 8th- Fall Leadership Conference September/October, Powderhorn Alamo Area Council (options to camp the whole weekend)

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July 27-29: Area 9 Officer Orientation April 12th-14th: Venturing Olympics 2019 September/October, Powderhorn @Woodruff Reservation! SeptemberScout 8th- Fall Leadership Conference (options to camp the whole weekend) Alamo Area Council

September, Powderhorn Northeast Georgia Council

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Council Journey to Excellence #JTE #goforthegold JTE form

Objective 4. Activities: Council VOAs host activities for its Venturers; crews use VOA-hosted events to full advantage. Bronze: 15% of crews attended * Silver: 30% of crews attended * Gold: 50% of crews attended

** Do you know how many crews are registered in your council? If not, how will you know your goal of crew participation. Start with the basics and Advertise, Advertise, Advertise. We are here to help, reach out to your Area VOA officers or any of us on how to achieve this goal and #goforthegold

President’s Corner By Ryan Davis I truly hope that each and every Venturingfest participant had the same amount of fun all of the staff did while attending Venturingfest 2018! Overall, from what we have been told: the event was a major success but we still want to hear from you on what WE Could improve upon for the next Venturingfest! There have been many concerns about ordering Neckerchiefs if you were unable to at Venturingfest, visit: www.srvbsa.com to pre-order your 20th Anniversary Southern Region Venturing Maroon Neckerchief for this short time period! -Ryan Davis, SR President

Save the Date VenturingBLAST at Philmont As an Advisor if you can recruit 2 VOA officers to attend, you can attend for FREE. July 22-28

Winterfest February 8-10 Gatlinburg TN

World Scout Jamboree July 22- August 2, 2019 @ The Summit Bechtel Reserve


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Southern Region President: Ryan Davis sr.venturing@scouting.org

Southern Region Advisor: Sherry McGugin mcgugin6@gmail.com

Southern Region VP Communications: Kynzee Ganz KynzeeGanz@gmail.com Southern Region Associate Advisor of Communications: Todd Graczyk t.graczyk@nfcbsa.org _________________________________ Newsletter Designed and compiled by Kynzee Ganz

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