Boy Scouts revive Venture Crew, set Dec. 15 organizational meeting

Venture Club

Original Crestview Venture Crew 773 members and former crew adviser LauraJo Hust, second from right, met during spring break 2009 with retired forester John McMahon, left, and Boy Scout area commissioner Rae Schwartz, center, to discuss organizing programs at Crestview’s McMahon Environmental Center.

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Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Area teens between 14 and 20 years old have another option for after-school, weekend and school break activities with Venture Crew 773’s revival.

An organizational meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s Fellowship Hall, with regular monthly meetings beginning in January after the holidays. Teen and adult leaders will give an overview of Venturing during the hour-long meeting and pass out registration forms and T-shirts.

Venture Crew, a branch of the Boy Scouts, takes young adults beyond tying knots and building campfires.

“In Venturing, the crew officer youths are the leaders; the adults are advisers,” Boy Scouts of America Unit Commissioner Rae Schwartz said. “The crew determines activities, programs, awards and activities. The adults assist the crew in obtaining the skills and other assistance they need to fulfill the crew goals.”

The revived crew, attached to Troop 773 under Assistant Scout Master Kelly Carrico, is chartered to First Presbyterian Church of Crestview — and they’re recruiting now, Carrico said.

“In the next couple (of) months, we want to introduce (Venturers) to rock climbing. We have a wall. Not long after that, we want to do a trek ride. We’re going to introduce them to horses,” Carrico said.

“In the past, Crew 773 members learned to pistol shoot,” Schwartz said. “Even the Boy Scouts can't do that! They have also gone to Winterfest in Gatlinburg (Tenn.), the annual Jamboree for Venturers and Explorers, twice. The girls in the crew learned scout skills and competed in Boy Scout Camporees; they even ran one.”

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