2018 VenturingFest will celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary

Update, Feb. 28, 2017: VenturingFest registration is now live.


Venturing turns 20 in 2018, and you and your crew are invited to the party.

The BSA’s high-adventure program for young men and young women has announced that the next VenturingFest, celebrating the program’s 20th anniversary, will take place July 1 to 6, 2018, at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Venturing became an official BSA program on Feb. 9, 1998. Since then, thousands of young people have buttoned up those green shirts and had their lives changed. I’ve always been a fan of Venturing, where Eagle Scouts and young men find new reasons to be excited about Scouting and where young women can, at last, enjoy the same program they grew up envying.

Venturers design their own path to high adventure, resulting in dozens of different specialties.

The inaugural VenturingFest happened this week at SBR, and hundreds of Venturers zip-lined, climbed and paddleboarded around this haven of high-adrenaline fun.

But with Venturing’s 20th anniversary in 2018, the next VenturingFest promises to be bigger and better.

Erik Saderholm, a Venturer from the Baltimore Area Council and the 2016-2017 Northeast Region Venturing president, has the scoop.

“Whether you came to VenturingFest and loved your time here, or if you missed coming, you should sign up — and tell your crews to sign up as well,” he says. “More information will follow. For now, save the dates, and we hope to see you there.”

As always, the best place to get Venturing news first — indeed, where I get my Venturing news — is on the Venturing Facebook page. Be sure you’re following the updates there.