Council Wide Venturing Events

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2016 Venturing Awards and Recognition Banquet

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Heart of America Council Venturers!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

6:30pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Community of Christ Church - 500 NE Woods Chapel Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64064

Cost: $20 per person 

Register by Clicking Here


From the North: 70 Hwy, 470 South (4 miles), exit 12 for Woods Chapel Rd, turn right, West, onto Woods Chapel Rd, 0.6 miles to the church on the right.

From the South: 470 Hwy East, take exit 12 for Woods Chapel Rd, turn left, West, onto Woods Chapel Rd, 0.6 miles to the church on the right.

Be sure to submit your Venturing Leadership Award Nominations and VOA Officer Nominations to Elisa Corry at by April 1.

For the VLA Nomination Form, click here.

For the VOA Officer Nomination Form, click here.

Also, please email Ann Salisbury at with a list of all Venturing Awards earned by your youth this year and who earned them. Also include photos from your Venturing Crew activities for our slideshow.

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 

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

Date:      June 25, 2016

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:    Elisa Corry  (816-569-4966) or email at


VOA Meetings

The VOA meets on a monthly basis on the 4th Friday from 7:00-8:00pm 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, 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:

April 22, 2016

May 27, 2016

June 24, 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 Elisa Corry, 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 Elisa Corry at 816-569-4966.