Venturing Leadership Awards
Venturing Officers Association Meetings
The VOA meet quarterly in August, November, February, and May 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.
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 Tanner Fuson, VOA and Venturing Staff Advisor.
2018 - 2019 VOA Officers and Advisors
President - Cassidy Lathrom
VOA Advisors - Brent Lathrom
Vice President of Program - Cavan McCabe
Associate Advisor of Program -
Vice President of Communication -
Associate Advisor of Communication -
Vice President of Administration - Trenity Ralston
Associate Advisor of Administration -
At Large/ Special Program-
Apply to be a VOA Officer by clicking here.
Congratulations to our 2016 Venturing Leadership Award RECIPIENTS
Jessica R. Christensen- Crew 2149
Bonnie Miller- Crew 2052
Cassidy Lathrom- Crew 2052
Laura Phillips- Crew 2052
Haley Finstad- Crew 2052
Peter Houston- Crew 2052
Max Miller- Crew 2052
Nominate someone for the Council VLA by clicking here.
Venturing Leader Specific Training
This is required for all Venturing Advisors, Associate Advisors and Venturing Committee Members.
Now available online! Access the 14-module training online at my.scouting.org on the training dashboard.
All registered Venturing adults are encouraged to complete this training within 90 days of their registration.
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.
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 Tanner Fuson 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.
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 Tanner Fuson
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 Tanner Fuson at 816-569-4926.
The mission of the Venturing Officers Association is to promote and support the Venturing program, utilizing a standard organizational structure that enables local councils to grow membership by advancing leadership opportunities through communication, program, and administration.
The Heart of America Council Venturing Officers Association (VOA) fulfills the mission above by working to provide fun and exciting activities for all Venturers throughout the council on an annual basis. The term of office for an officer in the VOA is one year and lasts from May 1 until April 30 of the following year. Each member of the VOA must be a registered member of a Venturing Crew and must by under the age of 21 for his or her entire term of office.
Each Venturing Crew President is a voting member of the Council Venturing Officer's Association. We want to encourage EVERY Crew President to join us at VOA Meetings to help set the course for Venturing activities in the Heart of America Council. It's your program; provide your input to make the events you want to see happen actually come to happen.
The VOA is comprised of four officers for the 2017-18 VOA year (each officer also has an advisor, listed after the officer name). Click on each link for the full job description of each position:
VOA President - Haley Finstad; Jim & Ann Salisbury
VOA Vice-President of Administration - Samantha Koch; Brent Lathrom
VOA Vice-President of Communication - Cassidy Lathrom; John Milam
VOA Vice-President of Program - Bonnie Miller; Max Miller
The VOA is also supported by a group of advisors in a similar way that Venturing Crews are supported by advisors. The youth officers of the VOA make the decisions and implement the plans of the VOA under the guidance of selected capable adult advisors.
Anyone interested in participating in the VOA is encouraged to do so. The VOA is always looking for youth with ideas about how to improve the things we are doing or about new opportunities for the VOA to provide to Crews throughout the council. Capable advisers are welcome to provide their support to this exciting group of youth leaders so they can continue to help grow Venturing throughout the council.
If you want to volunteer to help plan an event, offer a new event through the VOA, or have questions about the Venturing Officers Association, please contact Tanner Fuson.
Venturing Officers Association Meetings
The VOA meets on a quarterly 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, 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 for which you would like to lead the planning, promoting and delivery, please contact the members of the VOA by emailing Tanner Fuson.
VOA Meetings are held quarterly in August, November, February, and May from 7:00-8:00pm at the Council Service Center.