Our Venture Crew advisor scheduled a ski trip last month. He found someone that would allow us to stay in a condo for free and said we might be able to get the lift tickets for free as well. We planned the trip assuming that we would have free ski lift tickets. Well, the day before we went we found out that it would cost $24 per youth and $40 per leader to go skiing. We couldn't cancel the trip now, we had hyped it up so much so we had to go.
After being very nervous about the cost of the trip, I actually walked away from the activity thinking it was a huge success. Our religious leader wasn't too happy that we spent so much money but looking back, it was totally worth it.
We had a couple of Venture's that really hadn't integrated into our group. On this trip, these two young men became good friends with each other and with the others in the group. We really came together and everyone enjoyed skiing. I think we have finally found our focus in our Venturing group, we all love to ski. So, I think we will try and have 2 more of these ski activities before the ski season is over.
Venture crews are supposed to have a focus or something that everyone has in common and I have been struggling to find what that might be. At first I thought it was sports, but there are a couple that don't like sports, then I thought music, but that didn't work for some. Anyway, we are now going to focus our efforts on skiing since everyone in the groups knows how to ski and enjoys skiing. My only issue is that skiing costs money. We can work around that, if we run the program correctly.
Also, I just wanted to announce that one of our venturers earned his Eagle Scout Award. We have 3 more that are really close. They only have to submit their papers and have a Eagle Board of Review and they will be done. Then, at that point, we will start focusing on the Venturing Awards. My goal is to have 4 of our Ventures with a "Bronze" Award by the end of 2007.
Wish me luck.