Scouting is a journey of personal development through fun, adventure & challenge. Scouts learn by doing, acquire confidence within a group of friends, discover self-sufficiency and independence while on activities and especially on camps, hikes & expeditions.
The journey is structured within a programme that is divided into five sections:
- Beaver Scouts are aged 6-8.
- Cub Scouts are aged 9-11.
- Scouts are aged 12-15.
- Venture Scouts are aged 15-17.
- Rover Scouts are aged 18-25.
Venture Scouts are females and males aged 15-17. If you’re teen is interested in joining Ventures click here. Even if they’ve not been in Scouting before they’re welcome.
Ventures meet regularly to prepare for expeditions, camps and their next outdoor challenge.
The activities are all geared to allow each Scout to develop in the areas of Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional & Spiritual growth according to their own abilities and particular interests.
When they have met a set of challenges or have mastered a particular level in a skill they earn a badge to sew on their uniform.
Ventures work in small teams called Crews which vary from task to task. The Venture section is run by a small team of Ventures called the Venture Executive. Most of the planning and prep work for events and overnights is done by the Ventures themselves. Supported by Adult leaders - known as Scouters, just one of the many Scouting Terms you’ll learn - they plan camps and trips (with advice from Scouters). They organise venues, travel, food, budgeting, cooking, equipment and activities. They will be invited to Group and Scout County planning sessions and perhaps get involved in national events and teams.
They learn about teamwork, about leadership and how to look after themselves. They also get to socialise and simply hang out with like-minded friends. It’s all good.
Weekly meetings are only half the story. The real adventure is in the outdoors – hill walks up mountains, water-based activities, mini-expeditions, camps & expeditions from one night to ten nights in length, community service projects, hostel stays, and sometimes overseas trips. Venture Scouts love being in the outdoors with their friends and once they have the right gear, won’t mind a bit of rain or cold.
If you’d like to enjoy those activities with them then consider becoming a Scouter – we always need more volunteers. Scouters are Garda Vetted and trained in Child Protection issues. Scouting Ireland is committed to Scouting Safely at all ages.
National events for Ventures include Scout Fest, Ventact, Mountain Havoc, Venture Challenge and also Jamborees (national and international camps). You’ll find more details on these in our Glossary. There are also events run by the Scout County and Scout Province.