Why should I join Venturing?
A Venturing Crew is a great way to have fun and meet new friends, and do really cool things, like camping, bicycle trips, mountain biking, canoe trips, weekend backpacking, weeklong backpacking, caving and even going to High Adventure Summer Camps when school is out. You learn new things and you get to feel proud of your accomplishments. There are a lot of different new activities to explore. We learn about our world and new skills along with leadership.
Why should I join Crew 222?
The Crew members in Crew 222 are the leaders of the crew. They make decisions in the Crews General Meetings along with the Youth Leadership and the adult leaders (Advisors) supporting them in what they want to accomplish. We keep very busy all year long.
What sort of time commitment is this going to be?
All of our Crew Members are very involved in sports, as well as school, community, church, and many other activities. As with any activity, you need to demonstrate a commitment in order to be successful and to enjoy it. The Advisors recommend that the Crew Members try to attend at least one of the two monthly meeting at minimum so they can stay up on what outings or activities we have planned. Most members find it possible to achieve this even with their other commitments.
How much does it cost to join Venturing?
It's only $27.50 to join Venturing, this includes their registration and insurance. If you wish to recieve a subscription to Boy's Life Magazine it will be an additional $12.00. This is the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America which does have some information and articles about Venturing.
How much does it cost on a monthly bases?
Venturing Crew 222 collects dues of $5 monthly. The crew is involved in an annual fundraiser . Most of the proceeds are returned directly to the Crew members in the form of equipment to use, Crew camping gear, some camp fees, some of the outing costs and far to many other ways to list. Camp-outs/Activities usually cost between $25-$40 which cover fees, food and miscellaneous cost. Annual week long High Adventure Camps/Summer Trip fee's vary depending on in state verses out of state mainly due to transportation cost.
What do we do at our monthly Crew meetings?
We meet twice a month on the first (advancement meeting) and third (planning meeting) Monday nights. At the Crew meetings, we prepare for (and clean up!) from outings, learn new skills, work on rank advancements, and of course have a game time of some sort.
What kind of outings does Crew 222 go on?
Well, Since we are a fairly new Venturing Crew I will tell you about some of the things that we have done in the past few years in our Boy Scout Troop and our new Venturing Crew that we plan to build on and create even more high adventures from. We have gone on campouts featuring orienteering, caving, canoeing, camping, hiking, first aid, wilderness survival, mountain biking, cooking in dutch ovens, staffing the Halloween Haunt at La No Che, and backpacking just to name a few.
What about High Adventure Summer camp?
Well again Since we are a fairly new Venturing Crew I will tell you about some of the things that we have done in our Boy Scout Troop that we plan to build on and create even more high adventures from. Keeping in mind that the highlight of our Scouting year is marked by a week of High Adventure whether it be at a High Adventure Summer camp, a week long canoe trip or even backpacking on the Appalachian Trail for a week.
Here is some of the High Adventure Activities we have done in past years, we have gone to:
As Boy Scout Troop 222:
June 2008 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going North" Wayah Bald, NC. to Fontana Dam, NC.
June 2009 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going North" Base of Standing Indian Mt. (Deep Gap), Ga. through Wayah Bald, NC. then North on Bartram Trail to Nantahala River put-in
July 2009 Woodruff Scout Reservation High Adventure Program, 5 Rivers, 5 Days- whitewater program near Blairsville, Ga.
January 2010 Florida Trail Backpacking 4 Day trip "Going South" FTA Map 15 Osceola National Forest, West Tower to Olustee Trailhead
March 2010 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going North" Dicks Creek Gap, Ga. to Base of Standing Indian Mt. (Deep Gap), Ga. and down to Standing Indian campground
July 2010 Woodruff Scout Reservation High Adventure Program, Ultimate Zone-Climbing, backpacking,cope course,horseback riding, whitewater rafting, mountain biking just to name a few. near Blairsville, Ga.
January 2011 Florida Trail Backpacking 4 Day trip "Going South" FTA Map 11 Aucilla WMA, Aucilla River North of Upper Aucilla Camp to Parking Area South of Aucilla Sinks Camping area.
June 2011 Ranger Camp at Frank D. Merrell Army Ranger Base Training with the Army Rangers, Highlight 250ft repel at night off of Mt. Yonah near Delonga, Ga.
July 2011 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going South" Dicks Creek Gap, Ga to Neels Gap, Ga.
February 2012 Florida Trail Backpacking 4 Day trip "Going North" FTA Map 19 Ocala National Forest, FR11 East of Grassy Pond to Rodman Reservoir Parking Area
June 2012 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going South" Neels Gap, Ga. through Springer Mt. to Amicalola State Park, Ga.
July 2012 North Carolina Canoe Trip 7 Day trip "Going North" Little Tenn. River Iotla, NC. through Fontana Lake to Fontana Dam, NC. Week long backcountry camping canoe trip
January 2013 Florida Trail Backpacking 4 Day trip "Going South" Forest Road 30 North of Farles Prairie though SR 19 and Billies Bay Wilderness to County Road 445 near Alexander Springs Recreational Area.
As Venturing Crew 222:
February 2013 Florida Trail Backpacking 3 Day trip "Going South" Forest Road 54 North of Hopkins Prairie though Juniper Spring Wilderness to Juniper Springs Recreation Area.
June 2013 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going North" Snowbird Mountain N. of Pigeon River (I-40) thought Hot Springs N.C. to Rich Mountain (Fire tower) 6.5 miles south of Allen Gap (Tenn. 70).
February 2014 Florida Trail Backpacking 3 Day trip "Going South" from County Road 445 near Alexander Springs Recreational Area to the first/original Florida Trail marker on County Road 42 outside of (Clearwater Lake Campground) Paisley Florida.
June 2014 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 7 Day trip "Going North" From Rich Mountain (Fire tower) 6.5 miles south of Allen Gap (Tenn. 70) to Sams Gap North Carolina (I-26).
July 2014 North Carolina Canoe Trip 7 Day trip "Going North" Little Tenn. River Iotla, NC. through Fontana Lake to Fontana Dam, NC. Week long backcountry camping canoe trip
February 2015 Florida Trail Backpacking 3 Day trip "Going South" Forest Road 30 North of Farles Prairie though SR 19 exiting just North of Bay Wilderness. Ocala National Forest.
June 2015 Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip 14 Day trip "Going South" From Roan Mt at Carvers Gap, NC. to Uncle Johnny's on the Nolichucky River outside of Erwin, Tenn. Then we went the other direction "Going North" from Sam's Gap, NC. back to Uncle Johnny's hoping to go Tubing this time before heading home.
June 2015 Post AT Backpacking Trip Came out early from our backpacking trip so we headed to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain National Park. We spent 2 days camping and playing in Cades Cove.
February 2016 Florida Trail Backpacking Trip 3 Day trip "Going South" From the North Campsite, Richloam tract, Withlacoochee State forest to the South Campsite just South of Croom Rd. Ridge Manor
June 2016 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 21 Day trip "Going North" from Roan Mt Shelter at Roan Mt. Cavers Gap, NC. to Dickey's Gap North of Troutdale VA and just South of Mount Rodgers National Recreational Area outside of Marion, VA., hiked 140.4 miles.
January 2017 Florida Trail Backpacking 4 Day trip "Going South" from City Road 14 to Powell Hammock Road North of US 98 in the Aucilla WMA East of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Overall, hiked 13.9 miles.
March 2017 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 10 Day trip Smoky Mountain National Park "Going South" from Newfound Gap NC south on the AT for 40.3 miles to Fontana Dam, hiked 40.3 miles.
June 2017 Appalachian Trail Backpacking 14 Day trip "Going North" from (Week 1) Dickey Gap just South of Mount Rodgers National Recreational Area outside of Marion, VA. to VA65/FR222 Ceres, Va. (Week 2) Continues on from there to finish at VA608/SR42 outside of Cranton, Va. (Week 1- 44.4 miles) (Week 2- 91.4 miles)
Just look at some of the things we have done as Boy Scouts, Then look at what we have done so far as a Venturing Crew and you can only imagine what we plan to do next as a Venturing Crew!!!!!!!!!!
What other types of activities are we doing or have done as a Venturing Crew in the last few years?
Climbing at Vertical Adventures, Mountain Biking at Alafia River State Park, Florida Trail Statewide Conference, Pistol shooting and camping at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, Juniper Springs Kayaking/Canoeing Trip just to name a few of our plans. Not to mention more backpacking on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina and Tennessee again for a week at a time. Florida Trail Backpacking trips on extended weekends. Extended week trips canoeing and camping on the Suwanee River in North Florida. This is just the things we have thought of so far......
What do my parents have to do?
Committed and interested parents stand behind successful Crew members. Parents may be asked if they can contribute in some way. This may be by serving as a registered adult leader, or by simply participating in carpools to transport members to their camps and activities.