Council Wide Venturing Events

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2015 VOA Spring Banquet 

2015 Spring Banquet Flyer-Print and take to Crew Meeting!


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

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

When:  Friday, April 24 at 7PM with a lock-in to follow.

Where:  Breakpointe Community Church 10001 W 88th St., Overland Park, KS

How much:  Just $20!  This includes dinner, program and award recognition, lock-in accommodations, and breakfast Saturday morning!

What:  Recognition for awards earned in 2014.  VLAs, Venturing program awards, and the Council Standards of Venturing Excellence Award.

Who:  YOU AND YOUR CREW!  Invite your family and friends to help recognize these great achievements!

Register at:

Council-wide Venturing Leader Specific Training-NEXT WEEK!

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

Date:       Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time:       6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Where:     HOAC Service Center

                   10210 Holmes Road KC MO 64131

Cost:           No Cost (I will provide light snacks, but bring more (individual or shared) if you like!)

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


2015-16 VOA Officer Applications!  Applications Overdue!

VOA Nomination Form-Print and take to Crew Meeting!

Positions Available:  President, Vice-President of Administration, Vice-President of Communication, Vice, President of Program

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.​

To be qualified for office, a candidate must have held or currently hold an office on the crew/ship, district, council or national level of Venturing.  Each candidate must have submitted a nomination form to become eligible for election on or before April 1, 2015 (self-nominations are acceptable).  The candidate must be currently registered with the BSA as a youth member (under 21 years of age) in a crew or ship within the Heart of America Council for the entire duration of his/her term.  Each candidate must be a positive representative of Venturing within the community and scouting.


Heart of America Council Past Venturing Leadership Award Recipients

Scout Strong Challenge Half Marathon and 5K

May 16th the Scout Strong Challenge Half Marathon and 5K will be held at the Kansas Speedway!  This is a super fun opportunity for Venturers to go camping and earn some volunteer hours.  All Crews are welcome to register as volunteers, camp in the infield on Friday, May 15th, and then volunteer as water and clean-up crew starting at 6am Saturday, May 16th.  Campers may arrive any time after 11am on Friday.  Volunteers earn a free T-shirt, light dinner Friday night (if camping), and breakfast Saturday morning!  See website below for more information and to register your Crew ASAP!

International Scout OPEN HOUSE!

At the HOAC Council Service Center
Tuesday, May 5th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The HOAC International Scouting Committee invites Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and all leaders to an informal Open House to learn about the many opportunities to participate in an International Scouting event. HOAC will sponsor at least one International Scouting trip each year and will support the participation of local Scouts, Ventures and leaders in national contingents, camp staff opportunities, world jamborees, and more.
Find out how you can participate in one of these outstanding activities. Join us at the open house!
Learn about International Scouting Opportunities Available to Scouts and Venturers
Here a sample of the many activities coming up in the near future.
European Camp Staff Exchange•                         2015 World Jamboree.•
Gezer/Israeli Sister City Program•                         Israeli Song/Dance Troupe at Naish 2015•
International Scout Staff at Bartle/Naish•                 Mongolian APR Jambo 2017•
Scotland- Blair-Athol-2016•                                       InterAmerican Jamboree-2017- Christmas break•
Iceland- Rover Moot- Summer 2017•                         Area 5 Central Region Trip-Kandersteg- Winter, • 2018-2019
Messengers of Peace•                                                  International Spirit Award•
World Friendship Fund•                                                  HOAC Youth- Outbound for Exchanges•
Kandersteg international staff•                                         Ecuador-HOAC council trip in 2016•
Mongolia- Summer 2017- Asian Regional                          • Jamboree
World Jamboree- Summer,2019 Bechtel•                             Costa Rica- 2020 •
Sponsored by the Heart of America Council International Scouting Committee
For more information on this event, contact:
Dean Carlson < >

2015 HOAC-VOA Events Calendar

Upcoming Venturing Events

Wednesday, April 1-VOA Officer App. Deadline, email to

Friday-Saturday, April 24-25-VOA Spring Banquet, 7PM, Breakpointe Community Church

Tuesday, May 5-International Scouting Open House, 7-8PM, HOAC Service Center,

CANCELED-Thursday, May 14-VOA Meeting, 7PM, HOAC Service Center

May15-16-Scout Strong Challenge Half Marathon and 5K at Kansas Speedway, camping and volunteer hours for Venturers,

Thursday, June 11-VOA Meeting, 7PM, HOAC Service Center

July 10-12-VOA Float Trip (camping and canoeing) REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

August 7-8-Varsity Triathlon!

VOA Meetings

The VOA meets on a monthly basis on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm 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

June 11, 2015

July 9, 2015

August 13, 2015

September 10, 2015

October 8, 2015

November 12, 2015

December 10, 2015

January 14, 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

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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.

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.