Council Wide Venturing Events

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DATE CHANGE!!! 2015 VOA Float Trip July 31st-August 2nd

Living Waters Canoe Ministry on the Big Niangua River

WHO?       Any Venturers and Explorers in Heart of America Council

WHEN?     Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2

WHERE?    Living Waters, 1650 Koehler Rd, Roach, MO 65787; 877-851-8158; Living Waters website:

WHY?        We will float on an exclusive section of the Big Niangua River, a half hour north of Bennett Springs. Living Waters is the only canoeing outfitter that has takeout on our section of the river. Without outfitters we will have that section of the river all to ourselves. You can’t beat the level of Privacy! Completely in the middle of the wildlife this float trip will truly let you truly relax and enjoy the time with your group and other ventures.

COST?       $40.  Included in the fee is camping, the float on Saturday, lunch on Saturday, a cracker-barrel put on by the VOA on Saturday night, insurance, and an event t-shirt!!

TRAVEL?   Crews and Posts will travel to Living Waters on their own.  Upon check-in at Living Waters, you will be directed to the campsite(s) where the VOA is camping.  Units will pick their own camp areas within the campsites, first come, first served!

What will I need?   You will need food for other meals and camping gear.

EVENT QUESTIONS?  Contact Stephanie Regalia @ 816.569.4929 or email @



Congrats to our VOA Officers and Advisors for 2015-16

President-David Smiros                                                      VOA Advisor-Judy Tuckness

Vice President of Program-Dani Stilwell                           Vice Advisor of Program-Jim Salisbury

Vice President of Communication-Mariah Houston         Vice Advisor of Communication-Ann Salisbury          

Vice President of Administration-Michael Thompson      Vice Advisor of Administration-Peter Houston


Congrats again to our 2014 VLA RECIPIENTS!!!!

Youth:  Clara Martin - Crew 2286 & David Smiros - Crew 2888

Adult:  Michelle Legg - Crew 2085 & James Salisbury - Crew 2264


Council-wide Venturing Leader Specific Training TBA

This is required for all Venturing Advisors, Associate Advisors and Venturing Committee Members.


Time:       8:30 AM-1:30 PM

Where:     First Baptist Church

                   2024 E 151st St., Olathe, KS 66062

Cost:           No Cost, but please RSVP

Contact:    Stephanie-Professional Staff-Venturing/VOA Adviser  (816-896-6689) or email at


2015 Venturing and VOA Upcoming Events

July 31-August 2-VOA Float Trip!!! (camping and canoeing) REGISTER AT

August 7-8-Varsity Triathlon!

Thursday, August 27-VOA Meeting, 7:30PM, HOAC Service Center

October 24-VOA Haunted Trails!!!

VOA Meetings

The VOA meets on a monthly basis on the fourth Thursday of every month from 7:30-8:30pm at the Council Service Center.  One of their key responsibilities is to plan and execute activities throughout the year to provide Venturing Crews throughout the Heart of America Council some activities to supplement the program already planned as a Venturing Crew. Those events include the VOA Winter Event, VOA Awards Banquet, VOA Float Trip, and the VOA Haunted Trails.  Ideally, at least one Officer from every Crew in the Council would be in attendance to every VOA meeting.  The upcoming meetings are as follows:

CANCELED-May 14, 2015

CANCELED-June 11, 2015

CANCELED-July 9, 2015

August 27, 2015

September 24, 2015

October 22, 2015

November TBD, 2015

December TBD, 2015

January 28, 2016

If you want to learn more about the VOA, or want to volunteer to help run one of these events, or have an idea for an event of which you would like to lead the planning, promoting and delivery, please contact the members of the VOA by emailing Stephanie Regalia, VOA and Venturing Staff Adviser, at

VOA Meetings can found on the council calendar by clicking here. VOA Meetings are held at the Heart of America Council Office, 10210 Holmes Rd, KC MO.

Recent Age Requirement Changes Took Effect March 1

Remember that all new Venturer youth over the age of 18 must fill out an Adult Application, with Consent for Criminal Background Check, rather than the Youth Application.  They must also take Venturing Youth Protection Training at  Please see page 7 of the guidelines listed in this site for all details.      

2014 Venturing Program Update

The BSA has made some updates to the Venturing Program.  Click here to download the file from the national office detailing much of the new program.

FYI-Awards Information

Effective immediately, Venturers working toward the Venturing Pathfinder Award will not have to complete the Project Management Training as stated in requirement 2.


Beginning June 1, the Project Management Training requirement will be reinstated as a requirement for the Venturing Pathfinder Award. This training will be available at


The Venturing Summit Awards application will be available February 9 at

Area 5 VOA Information

<----- Click this logo to go to the Central Region Area 5 website for all the latest on Venturing in our area.


Crew Events

Crews are holding events all the time, and many of you are looking for additional ways to promote your events. The VOA wants to help you by providing information about your crew event on the council website. All you have to do is provide a flyer with your crews event info (event name, who, what, when, where, why, how, costs, contacts, etc) to the VOA at at least 6 weeks in advance of your event and we will post it to this page of the council website to help you promote your event.

More Information

If you are aware of an item that is scheduled but not listed above, you need more information, or if you have questions about Venturing activities throughout the council, please contact the VOA at

If you have questions about starting a Crew or joining a Crew, please click here to contact the District Executive in your community or contact Stephanie Regalia at 816-896-6689.