Venturing is a program from the Boys Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 21 that's coming to Youngstown.
According to local organizers, Venturing provides the participant opportunity to do activities never done before. Scuba diving, kayaking, ziplining, community service, archery, climbing and rappelling are just a handful of the Venturing activities.
"Venturing provides young people with positive experiences to help them mature and develop into responsible and caring adult," organizer Connie said.
She said the first goal of a Venturing program is to give participants an opportunity to pursue their interest in a way that might not be available in a traditional educational setting.
"We're talking about firsthand, hands-on experiences with people who work in a particular field or have knowledge of it," Connie said. "Venturing recognizes the difference between reading about climbing and going climbing."
The second goal is to lead a life in Venturing that fosters personal, social, and community health.
"That's why a Venturing crew organizes a program of activities around citizenship, leadership, service, social activities, fitness and the outdoors," Connie said. "This kind of program helps us to experience more balance in our lives; to take responsibility for others and our community; and to be mentally, emotionally and physically fit."
The third goal is to learn about leadership from adults who set the example. Members will learn about leadership by experiencing outstanding adult leadership and by practicing leadership.
"With other Venturers, you will run your own crew and exercise your own understanding of leadership," Connie said.
The fourth goal is to create an environment that encourages growth in yourself, in other Venturers, and in advisers. This is achieved in a place that is safe, fun and challenging. Venturing provides opportunities for new experiences and new ideas.
Venturing Crew 829 will be having an informational meeting Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 100 Church St. For more information, contact Connie at 716-930-3578.