At age 15, the Venturing program is beginning to show its age.
Membership has declined since 2008. Venturing has the lowest retention rate — 53 percent — of any BSA program. And advancement hasn’t caught on with teens; just 0.66 percent of Venturers earn any awards.
But it’s not all bad news. Beginning next year, big program changes are on the way that amount to much more than just a fresh coat of paint.
I sat down last week with Bob Scott, senior innovation manager, to discuss the complete revamping of Venturing that will change the way the BSA’s youngest program serves young men and women.