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Great Program Ideas for VOAs

The following examples are drawn from the Venturing Advisor Guidebook, where their inclusion supports Advisors in brainstorming new program ideas for crews to try. They serve a similar purpose here—for VOA officers to help their VOA leadership come up with new program ideas.

Ideas for Fun Events

• Bowling
• Haunted hike
• (Your Community) After Dark
• Venturing Day at an amusement park
• Road rally
• Venturing campout (which could include many of the elements below)
• Sponsoring an annual Venturing camp
• Bike hike on country roads
• Swimming at a lake or beach
• Sailboat sailing
• Catamaran sailing
• Canoeing expedition
• Whitewater rafting
• Whitewater canoeing
• Caving
• Rock climbing
• Ice climbing
• Houseboat trip
• Snow camp
• Ice fishing
• Scuba diving
• Backpacking
• Fishing trip
• Ropes/COPE course
• Zip-lining
• Snowmobile trip
• Ice skating
• Cross-country skiing
• Downhill skiing
• Waterskiing
• Horseback riding
• Fly-fishing
• Mountain biking
• Camping under the stars
• Sleep in wilderness survival shelters

Ideas for Service Events

• Lend a hand on a farm for a weekend—see where our food comes from
• Meals on Wheels
• Sponsor a STEM camp
• Spring/fall cleanup for elderly neighbors
• Safe driving campaign
• Food drive
• Support a blood drive
• Place wreaths at a cemetery on holidays
• Recognize local veterans
• Buddy up with elementary school students to read
• Eating disorder awareness information
• Book drive
• Perform the national anthem or lead the Pledge of Allegiance for a group other than the crew
• Conduct a flag ceremony for naturalization ceremony
• Provide service for community-run marathon/fitness event
• Provide service for community festival
• Cultural awareness clinic
• Disabilities awareness clinic
• Visit elderly and special needs adults
• Sports clinic for elementary or middle school youth
• Soapbox derby for youth with special needs
• River cleanup
• Prairie restoration
• Hiking trail maintenance

Ideas for Recognition Events

• Annual dinner
• Venturing ball
• Venturing dance
• Support and participation in council annual recognition event

Ideas for Training Events

• First-aid training
• Kodiak Challenge
• Project management
• ILSC
• Time management
• Mentoring training
• Personal Safety Awareness Training
• Crew Committee Challenge
• Advisor-Specific Training (have youth train Advisors)
• Career fair
• Training fair
• GPS training
• EMT or first-responder first aid
• Lifeguarding
• Hunter education
• Historical re-enactment
• Edible plants
• Becoming U.S. Sailing instructors
• Search and rescue
• Treating water in the wilderness
• Wilderness first aid
• Bird calls
• Identifying local plants by sight
• Identifying local animals by track or sight
• Ballroom dancing
• Folk dancing
• American Indian dancing
• Faith walk (visiting diverse faith communities)
• Cooking without utensils over an open fire
• Learning some constellations
• Geocaching
• Observing planets through a telescope
• Help individual crews lead annual crew officers seminar meetings.

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