Cub Scouts Crew (Priests Quorum)

Crew (Priests Quorum)

When a young man turns 16 and becomes a member of the priests quorum he may register as a member of the Venturing crew.  LDS Venturing crews participate in activities that help the crew members pursue their special interests, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens. A Venturer may continue working on rank advancement and completion of the requirements to earn the 21 merit badges needed to become an Eagle Scout. He must complete all requirements (including his Eagle Scout service project and board of review) before his eighteenth birthday. Venturers who wish to remain active in the crew beyond their eighteenth birthday may do so. An Adult Application may be required. See FAQs under Leader Resources for details.

Become an Official Scout Leader

To read quotes from Church leaders about the necessity of registering immediately click here:  Church Policies Concerning BSA Adult Registration.

“All adult Scouting leaders must be properly registered and must complete Youth Protection training before beginning their service.” LDS Scouting Handbook, 8.5.

Complete the following two items and return the adult application and the Youth Protection certificate to the crew committee chair.

  1. Fill out the Adult Application at Scouting.org or pick one up at your BSA local council office.
  2. Complete Youth Protection Training at My.Scouting.org.

    Note: You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.                   Youth Protection training is required for all leaders in LDS units prior to submitting the adult application.

    • To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account.
    • From the My.Scouting.org portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training. You will need to take Youth Protection Training – Venturing Version, rather than the standard Youth Protection training, so be sure to click onto the Venturing tab at the bottom of the E-Learning URL.
    • Upon completion of Youth Protection training, print the training certificate and give it, along with your completed adult application, to the crew committee chair (to be submitted to the BSA local council office).

When your Adult Application has been approved by the BSA, you will be issued a BSA member ID number (your committee chair should be able to tell you what it is). After you know your member ID number, log back into my.Scouting.org. Find your name in the upper right-hand corner. Click on the silhouette next to your name. Then click on  “Legacy MyScouting.” Click on “Continue to Legacy MyScouting.” Sign in with your username and password (if requested). Click on My Profile. Update the system by inputting your ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records (and any other training records in my.Scouting.org)  to your BSA membership.

Take BSA Training to Prepare for Your First Meeting

The first part of your required crew leader position-specific training (“Venturing: Getting Started,” indicated in the tab below) replaces what was previously known as Fast Start training, and takes approximately 9 minutes. This and two additional training modules should be completed before you meet with the youth. See “Required Training for Your Position” (the tab below) for guidance on accessing the training site. Time required  for all three modules of Part 1 of Venturing leader position-specific training: approximately 30 minutes.

Required Training for Your Position

REQUIRED TRAINING: Now you are ready to learn more about your duties and responsibilities as a leader in the crew. Some training is only offered live and other training is available online at my.scouting.org. To find out what training is required for most Scouting positions, click on the BSA’s “Trained Leader Requirements: Unit and Other Positions.”

As indicated in the tab “Become an Official Scout Leader,” all adults registered with LDS Venturing crews must take Venturing Youth Protection (“YP”) training (training code Y02) prior to submitting their Adult Applications.

  • YP training expires after two years. Don’t let your certification lapse!
  • A young man who has turned 18 and is still actively involved in the crew must fill out an Adult Application (as a “youth participant”) and must take Venturing YP training (Y02) before submitting his application.

 

VENTURING LEADER POSITION-SPECIFIC TRAINING – Should be completed within three months of being called.

Two options!

Live classroom training OR online training (launched in March 2016).  Due to the major changes in the Venturing program, Venturing leaders who took their training prior to March 2014 would do well to complete the new training.

  • Live Venturing leader position-specific training (an instructor-led course in a classroom setting). New in 2014, live training courses for Advisors/associate Advisors and crew committee members are conducted by your district or council.
    • Check your district or council training calendars for the next scheduled courses.
    • The training is essentially the same throughout the BSA, so you may take your training in a neighboring district or council.
    • Note: These two courses are often taught as a combination course for Advisors and crew committee members. Because the duplicate course material is eliminated, the total time is a little over four hours.
  • Online Venturing leader position-specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning plans. The learning plans are designed for the leader’s specific position and should be taken 1) before the first meeting, 2) within the first 30 days, and 3) within 90 days of being called. The training program is self-paced, allowing volunteers to complete the training at their convenience.

Online training is found on my.scouting.org. Follow these steps to access the training:

Home > My Dashboard > My Training > Training Center > Venturing and Varsity > Take Course (on right side) > you may have to log into Scouting University with same username and password used for my.scouting.org > Venturing > Select a Training Program

After you have selected your training program, click on “My Learning” at the top of the Scouting University screen. To take the training, click the arrow on the right (“Play”).

 

Description of Online Training:

Crew Advisor/Associate Advisor Position-Specific Training (note the completion time for each module)

Part 1. ”Before the First Meeting” (about half an hour)

  • Venturing: Getting Started (8:40) (replaces “Fast Start” for Venturing leaders)
  • Advising vs Leading for Venturing (10:46)
  • Positive Youth Development (10:37)

Part 2. “First 30 Days” (about 45 minutes)

  • Officer Selection (4:56)
  • Crew Structure (8:52)
  • Event Planning (16:56)
  • Awards Program for Venturers (12:00)
  • Officer Training for Venturing (6:43)

Part 3. “Position Trained” (about an hour). All modules should be completed within 90 days of being called.

  • Membership Recruiting (6:16)
  • Fundraising and Budget (9:29)
  • Annual Program Planning (13:19)
  • Selecting Advisors (8:50)
  • Interacting with Young Adults (17:10)

 

Crew Committee Chair and Crew Committee Members

Part 1. “Before the First Meeting” (about half an hour)

  • Venturing: Getting Started (8:40) (replaces “Fast Start” for Venturing leaders)
  • Crew Structure (8:52)
  • Advising vs. Leading (10:46)

Part 2.  “First 30 Days” (about 45 minutes)

  • Fundraising and Budget (9:29)
  • Event Planning (16:56)
  • Positive Youth Development (10:37)
  • Selecting Advisors (8:50)

Part 3.  “Position Trained” (about an hour). All modules should be completed within 90 days of being called.

  • Officer Selection (4:56)
  • Membership Recruiting (6:16)
  • Awards Program for Venturers (12:00)
  • Officer Training for Venturers (6:43)
  • Annual Program Planning (13:19)
  • Interacting with Young Adults (17:10)

 

Crew Board of Review (training for adults and Venturers prior to serving on a Venturing board of review)

  • Venturing: Getting Started (8:40) (replaces “Fast Start” for Venturing leaders)
  • Board of Review for Venturers (17:09)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUTDOOR LEADER SKILLS:  Additional REQUIRED training for Advisors and associate Advisors  (an overnight campout)

Although this course is not required by the BSA for crew leaders, Advisors and associate Advisors registered in Venturing crews sponsored by LDS wards are required to take this course to safely conduct outdoor activities. It would be useful for any adults who are registered with the crew. This is a live overnight training experience, and if it is not offered within the next few months in your district, check the council training calendar and take it in a nearby district or council.

What’s Next

VENTURING FORUM

  • The Venturing forum provides training, information, and motivation to Venturing adult leaders and youth crew officers. Bringing youth leadership into the forum marks a difference from the Boy Scout roundtable format.  Adult Advisors and youth officers receive information about district and council events, campaigns, and priorities. Forum participants receive valuable program ideas and crew leadership help. Forum participation will empower the youth officers to be more effective leaders. A genuine sense of fellowship and feelings of importance and belonging will be engendered as they learn by doing and sharing.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING:      To take these and many other online training courses go to my.Scouting.org > Home > My Dashboard > Training Center > Other > Supplemental Training.

  • Planning and Preparing for Hazardous Weather:  This training is required for at least one leader who is going with your unit on an outing or activity. The course is online and must be repeated every two years. The training takes about 40 minutes to complete and is both age-appropriate and recommended for all adult leaders and for youth in Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews.
  • Safe Swim Defense: Required by at least one leader (preferably all adults) on outings involving activities that include swimming or wading in water over knee deep. The course is online and must be repeated every two years.
  • Safety Afloat: Required by at least one adult on outings involving more than just swimming (boating, tubing, waterskiing, and so on). The course is online and must be repeated every two years.

 

WOOD BADGE:

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course. It was designed by Lord Baden-Powell to enable Scouters to learn the skills and methods of Scouting; it is “learning by doing.” Those attending the course are divided into patrols consisting of about eight adults. The patrols form a troop.  The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week (or for two weekends), practicing Scouting skills, such as fire-building, camping, cooking, tying knots and lashes, and so on.

Many councils offer a “Sunday-friendly” course, over two weekends from Thursday through Saturday. This allows leaders in LDS units and other religious organizations to return home on Saturday night so they can attend their regular Sunday services.

Charles W. Dahlquist, former Young Men president, had this to say about the value of Wood Badge:

“If we are really intent in touching the lives of our young men. . . then we will do whatever is necessary to help us to accomplish that—including getting trained. For most of us, Wood Badge is life-changing because it has to do more with vision and understanding this great tool for strengthening young men of the Aaronic Priesthood than anything else (“The Importance of Wood Badge Training,” LDS Relationships Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, February 2007).  To view the entire article, click here.

To learn more about Wood Badge training and how you can attend, contact your local council office or check your council’s website.

Learn More About Venturing

For more information about Venturing click on one of these links:

  1. Venturing Activities – LDS.org
  2. BSA Official Venturing Page (keep in mind that LDS crews do not include girls)
  3. LDS.org – Scouting

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