Council Wide Venturing Events

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, October 25.  You won't want to miss it!

  • Venturing Info:
    • Haunts must be ready by 4:30 p.m.  Trail hikes start at 5:00 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 22, 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 5:00; 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 light meal, insurance.  Ages 4 and below: $4/person; Includes busses from K32 Parking Lot to Camp and back to Parking Lot, one light meal, insurance.

    • Pre-registration will be required for this event.  Registration will end for this event on October 22 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 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.

2014 HOAC-VOA Events Calendar

Heart of America Council Venturing Leadership Award Recipients

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.  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 Thursday 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.