Become a Venturer with Blackheath Scouts

The 1st Blackheath Scouts are looking to open the Venturer Section of Scouts which is for young people from 14 to 17.

Would-be Venturers don't have to have experience in Scouts or Guides first. Scouts is an inclusive group open to all genders.

Venturers are meeting provisionally at 1st Blackheath Scouts Hall, 2 Park Lane, Blackheath on Wednesday 7-8pm. (Normal meetings will run at a day and time nominated by the youth.)

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.

Other activities that the youth are able to schedule or sign up to, can include abseiling, snorkling, caving, bushwalking and more.

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.

At the end of this year and the beginning of next year Oz Venture 2021 will occur, activities offered vary but include South Coast diving, tall ship sailing, flight school, alpine resort, water-skiing etc. Further information is available at www.ozventure2021.com.au.

Accredited courses offered through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training

By achieving your Venturer Award, you are eligible to apply the Nationally Recognised Certificate II in Business, a nationally recognised qualification which is an excellent qualification for people who are joining or have recently started in the workforce.

The Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation is a nationally recognised qualification which provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in performing core skills in outdoor recreation environments and assisting with the conduct of a range of outdoor activities.

Work would be undertaken in field locations such as camps or in indoor recreation centres or facilities, in differing environments such as water-based, dry land and mountainous terrains, using a diverse range of equipment.

For more information contact our membership hotline on 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or info@nsw.scouts.com.au about training opportunities for Venturer Scouts.