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Park event aims to recruit youth to Scouting-linked Venture Crew

July 30, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Area scouts had a chance to demonstrate things they’ve learned — and how much fun they have — during a joining event for Venture Crew No. 468 on Saturday at Community Park.

Youths enjoying a summer day outdoors were invited to try out some crew activities, including knot tying, team shuffling, sling shooting, tent raising and a dunk-a-scout water tank. Curious adults were encouraged to try their hand at some of the booths and, as one youthful member was overheard to say to a man with gray hair, tell all the teens and young adults they know about the crew.

Venture Crew is an offshoot of the Boy Scouts organization for young men and women ages 14-21. The area crew formed in November; it’s based in Kingman but accepts members who live in communities from Kingman to Needles. The area crew has six members but is actively seeking to increase that number. Crews, such as this one, are led primarily by older members with assistance from adults, said Jennifer Hess, an adult leader who helped organize Saturday’s recruitment event. She is involved in scouting and her husband, Scott, is a crew advisor.

The crew president, Tristen Morganson, 15, also is in Boy Scouts and working on his Eagle Scout project.

The other two are young women, Hess noted.

“I enjoy swimming and other water activities,” Morganson said. “Crew is high-adventure stuff.”

Members of Scout Troop No. 104, from Fort Mohave, set up a table to raise money by selling meat sticks and bottled water. They — and virtually everyone else involved with the event — eagerly tried dropping someone into the dunk tank. Many didn’t rely on their ball-throwing aim, choosing instead to simply walk up to the target and push it so the person in the tank fell into the water.

Almost everyone got to drop someone in the tank at least once in either fashion before an adult instructed them to use the dunk tank as the game of skill that it is. Some younger children fretted that they wouldn’t get the chance at having a turn in the dunking seat before the event ended but mostly complied.

“Venture” stands for adventure. Activities listed on a flier for the event in the park include hiking. Crew members also spend time working in the community and with area scouts. Recent activities included staffing a youth day camp and working alongside other volunteers to carry out Backpack Buddies Dress for Success.

The goal, said Hess, is to recruit enough additional crew members to allow for two groups — one in Kingman and the other in Bullhead City. The goal is to have enough crew members so that there could be eight to 10 people each attending meetings in Kingman and Bullhead City.

They already hold two meetings a month, one in each location so it isn’t overly burdensome for members to get to the meetings at least once a month, Hess said.

“And that will allow them to better focus on charity work in the area where they’re at,” Hess said.

The crew will start meeting again in August. Once students return to school as well as Mohave Community College, future recruitment will occur at area high school campuses while continuing online, she said.

For details, call Hess at 928-234-1503 or go online to beascout.org and search by zip code and “Venturing.”

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