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Venture Scouting is a section of the Scout Movement, mostly in countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, for young people roughly in the 15 - 18 age range.

Australia

The Venture Scout Section, often just known as Venturers, is for young people in the 14.5 - 17.5 age range. It is part of Scouts Australia. The program is flexible, but usually with a strong outdoor flavour. The highest award that can be earned by a Venture Scout is the Queen's Scout award. Venture Scout belong to a Venture Scout Unit which can be part of a Scout Group or affiliated to a Scout District. The Venture Scout section holds a Venture every 3 years. During this week and a half long camp the Venturers will participate in activities such as Mountain Biking, Sailing, Wind Surfing, Caving, etc. The next Venture will be held early 2009 and situated in Western Australia.

Canada

Venturers (Scouts Canada) are young men and women ages 14-17. The venturer program, unlike the scout program, is predomonently run as a company (which, incedently, is what a venturer group is referred to as). This means that everything done is done with the say of all members of the group.

Venturers may meet and frequent or infrequent times to discuss the goings on of the group, to schedule camps, or to set up fundraisers. While not limited to these, these are some common actions that a venturer group may choose or choose not to do. Meeting places are not limited to a centralized location; each venturer may host the rest of the group for a meeting at their place of residence.

Outdoor activities may be, but are not limited to: White Water rafting, Mountain climbing, laser tag, and camping in the rough (forest area, or otherwise).

A new program called MedVents has been created. In MedVents the youth learn and provide first-aid for camps and public events.

Ireland

Scouting Ireland Venture Scouts are aged between 15 and a half to 21 years of age. The awards scheme is called Rogha [1] an Irish word meaning Choice. Although many groups use Gaisce, The President's Award as part of their programme also. Each group has a Venture Scout Executive which under the guidance of an adult designs and implements activities. A National Venture Forum Committee [2] represents Venture Scouts on all national administrative bodies. The association however is undergoing a complete review of programme and section age ranges (to be completed in 2007) so much of the current system may change.

Malta

A Venture Scout in Malta is between 15 and 19 years of age. Their programme consists of the Discovery Award, Venture Award, Dolphin Award and President's Award (the Duke of Edinburgh Award).

Singapore

A Venture Scout in Singapore is a Scout between the age of 16 and 18.

The two progress badges are the Venture Scout Standard and the Venture Cord, which have 8 sections each for completion. The highest award that a Venture Scout can achieve is the prestigious President's Scout Award, which is presented to the recipient by the current President of the Republic of Singapore in the Istana.

United Kingdom

In 1967 Venture Scouts had replaced the Rover Scouts section, and was open to young men and women , aged 15.5 to 20. The Venture Scout section was replaced by the Explorer Scout section and the Scout Network following a review in 2003.

Venture Scouts had an active programme, which promoted outdoor activities and community service. There were two awards available to members of the section - the Venture Scout Award, and the Queen's Scout Award. The latter award has been the highest award available to the youth sections of Scouting, and continues to be available to the two sections which replaced the Venture Scouts.

United States

Venturing is a program for 14-21 year-old Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). This is the only coed youth program in the BSA.

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