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15 TO 18 YEARS It's your life... Get on with it! Bored? Feel like doing something with your life? Don’t know where to start? Try Venturer Scouts. It’s a do-it-yourself mix of fun, adventure and personal challenge that will bring you together with other young people who feel the same way. You may find yourself exploring wilderness Australia, camping above the snowline or diving on coral reefs. You could be abseiling into a limestone cave or climbing a sheer rock face. Perhaps you’ll learn white water kayaking or ride your mountain bike on an expedition across real mountains. Whatever your challenge, there will be trained and highly experienced adults to guide you through the experience, to teach you the necessary skills and safety techniques. Venturers get the opportunity to travel overseas and to organised activities, to live with a different community to provide service to others. Manage your own program Venturers don’t just develop physical skills. You will manage your own Venturer Unit, where the adult leaders are there to provide advice, not rule your life. The Unit Council makes the decisions, plans and runs the activities, drawing on expert help whenever it is required. You can even develop your own website to promote your activities. You’ll have the opportunity to become involved in staging professional shows, learning how to act, sing or play an instrument. Perhaps you’ll make videos, become a sound engineer, develop your own photographs or contribute your writing for publication. You will learn responsibility for the environment and work on service projects, helping other people in the community. Look Wide There are leadership and management courses that will help you in your career and personal life, when you have to make all the decisions. You’ll learn how to meet new challenges, deal with new situations, and develop your own independence. Your achievements will be recognised, with the ultimate goal the Queen’s Scout Award, which employers regard very favourably. Venturers really is the pathway to success. Get a social life The Social side of Venturers is up to you. There will be camps and discos, outings and shared interest so you will meet new people and have plenty of time to get to know them and make lifelong friends. Venturers are serious about having fun. Venturer Scouts is for young people from 14 – 18 and you don’t have to have experience in Scouts or Guides first. It’s your call – find out where your nearest Venturer Unit meets. Award Scheme      The Venturer Scout Award Scheme has two main components: General activity which leads from the Venturing Skills Award to the Queens Scout Award; and the Major Interest Award that is intended for Venturer Scouts who are heavily involved in a particular sport. 1. Venturing Skills Award To achieve this award a Venturer Scout must meet requirements for the basic skills of bushwalking; first aid, and the award scheme and approval of Unit Council. 2. The Venturer Award The Venturer Award requirements are: gain the Venturer Skills Award and the Venturer Award level in Initiative, Environment, Unit Management, Ideals and First Aid plus two other optional areas on approval of the Unit Council. 3. Queen’s Scout Award Queen's Scout Award Policy Handbook (PDF) To achieve this prestigious award a Venturer Scout must be able to set a goal; plan progress towards that goal; organise their self and others; and maintain the determination to overcome difficulties and complete the task. They must also have achieved the Venturing Skills Award and complete the requirements in four award areas: Outdoor Activities – demonstrates that the Venturer Scout is challenged in initiative, expeditions an outdoor adventures. Community Involvement – activities centred on citizenship, community service and caring for the environment. Leadership Development – involvement in Unit management and leadership courses and studying different vocations. Personal Growth – self development through expressions, ideals, mental pursuits and personal lifestyle. Each year only a few Venturer Scouts achieve this prestigious award, which is presented by the Governor and Chief Scout of New South Wales, as a representative of the Queen, at Government House. 4. Endeavour Award To attain the Endeavour Award there are four stages to undertake Select an activity and and complete for about 10 hours at Venturer Award level. Using the same activity, further develop skill/expertise by completing the minimum time required for Queen's Scout level. Using the same activity, further develop your skill expertise by completing an additional 50 hours. Complete your Venturer Award. 5. Other badges There are a number of other badges that a Venturer Scout can achieve to demonstrate achieving various skills and participating in activities, including: Amateur Radio Badge Anchor Badge Deaf Sign Language Emblem First Aid Badge Landcare Badge Language Emblem Scouts of the World Award Royal Life Saving Badge Their Service Our Heritage Badge World Scout Environment Badge Youth Helper Badge Rover Link Badge More information Contact our membership hotline on 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or info@nsw.scouts.com.au about the Venturer Scout Award Scheme. Get Qualified     There are training opportunities available to Venturer Scouts. Accredited courses offered through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training – NSW Campus, a Registered Training Organisation: By achieving your Venturer Award, you are eligible to apply for two Nationally Recognised Certificate II qualifications: Certificate II in Leadership Support Certificate II in Business More information Contact our membership hotline on 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or info@nsw.scouts.com.au about training opportunities for Venturer Scouts. Venturer Uniform The Venturer Uniform consists of the dark blue shirt with the section colour, which is Maroon, across the sleeve, yoke and collar. Click here for Venturer Badge Placements venturer scout uniform
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