Council Wide Venturing Events

VOA Annual Banquet

The VOA is holding it's Annual Recognition Banquet on April 25-26 at Breakpoint Community Church, 10001 W 88th St, Overland Park, KS.  All Venturing youth and adult members are invited to join us for the Banquet and overnight fellowship.  We will recognize the recipients of the Venturing Leadership Award for 2014.  These are youth who have made exceptional contributions to Venturing and who exemplify the Venturing Code and Venturing Oath.  The 2014-15 Venturing Officers Association Officers will also be installed at the Banquet!  The Early Bird cost of the Banquet is only $20 if you register on or before April 11, 2014; the full Banquet price of $30 will be charged if you register from April 12-22, 2014.  Register online NOW to attend the VOA Banquet!

2014 Venturing Leadership Award Nominations

Congratulations to the 2014 recipients: Josh Akers, Melissa Denning, James Klingele, Mercedes MacDonald, and Rayna Weibrecht.  They will be recognized at the VOA Banquet on April 25.

Click here for a list of Venturing Leadership Award recipients from the Heart of America Council

2014-15 Venturing Officers Association Nominations

Each year, the Heart of America Council Venturing Officers Association (VOA) is led by a group of youth selected from among the best youth nominated for the leadership roles in the council.  Nominations to these positions may be made by peers or the individual themselves.  All nominations MUST be submitted to the Council Office on or before April 1, 2014.  Nominations may be mailed or delivered to the Council Office at 10210 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO, 64131 or faxed to the attention of VOA Nominations at 816.942.8086 or emailed to the attention of VOA Nominations at  Click here to download the HOAC VOA Officer Nomination Form.

VOA Float Trip

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 relax and enjoy the time with you group and other Venturers.  The cost of the Float Trip is only $40.  Included in the fee is camping, the float on Saturday, lunch on Saturday, a crackerbarrel put on by the VOA on Saturday night, an event t-shirt, and insurance!  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 cam areas within the campsites, first come, first served!  Register online NOW!

VOA Xterra Triathlon

Welcome to the second annual VOA Xterra Triathlon!  This event will take place at Naish Scout Reservation on Saturday, August 9.  Check-in will open at 8:00 a.m.; events will begin at 9:30 a.m.  This event is intended to promote Venturing in the Kansas City area and is open to all registered scouts ages 12 to 20 and adult leaders.  The 2014 Venturing Xterra Triathlon will be conducted as a “Super Sprint” with a 200 yard pool swim, 6 mile mountain bike ride, and a 2 mile cross country run.  Entries will be organized by Venturer, Scout and Adult Leader categories.   This event is intended to recognize participation and promote camaraderie among each unit.  Times and rankings will be recorded and posted.  Participation is the focus for this event.  There are a few documents you can download to learn more about this event:

Haunted Trails

This is the largest event Venturers put on each year and it continues to get bigger and better each year!  We are looking forward to another awesome event this fall.  Start planning NOW to join us for Haunted Trails.  It will be held at Naish Scout Reservation on Saturday, November 1.  You won't want to miss it!

  • Venturing Info:
    • Haunts must be ready by 5:00 p.m.  Trail hikes start at 5:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour.  The final hike will begin at 9:30 p.m. and should finish around 10:30 p.m.

    • No cost to staff, but PLEASE, you MUST pre-register by October 29, so we have supplies for staff dinner!  Include any food restrictions, please.

    • REGISTER ONLINE or Download the Venturing Haunted Trails flyer

  • Cub Scout Info:
    • Trail hikes begin at 5:30; the last hike begins at 9:30 p.m.  Trail hikes start every 15 minutes.  Trail hikes are capped at 50 participants.  Arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled time at the K32 Parking Lot.

    • Price: Ages 5 and up: $8/person; Includes busses from K32 Parking Lot to Camp and back to Parking Lot, one meal, insurance.  Ages 4 and below: $4/person; Includes busses from K32 Parking Lot to Camp and back to Parking Lot, one meal, insurance.

    • Pre-registration will be required for this event.  Registration will end for this event on October 29 at midnight.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but due to the interest in this event, we CANNOT accept walk-ins to this event.  To properly prepare and execute this event for your Cub Scouts, we have to plan for pre-registered attendees and cannot accept walk-in participants.

    • REGISTER ONLINE or Download the Cub Scout Haunted Trails flyer

2014 HOAC-VOA Events Calendar

VOA Meetings

The Venturing Officer's Association (VOA) is comprised of four elected youth members voted on by Venturing Crew members from across the Heart of America Council among nominations submitted from across the Council on a yearly basis. Their term runs from May 1 through April 30 of the following year. Additional leadership positions exist as determined by the needs of the VOA.

The VOA meets on a monthly basis and 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 Triathlon, and the VOA Haunted Trails.

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 Cortland Bolles, VOA Staff Adviser, at

VOA Meetings can found on the council calendar by clicking here. VOA Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Heart of America Council Office, 10210 Holmes Rd, KC MO, unless otherwise noted on the council calendar.

Area 5 VOA Information

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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.

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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.