Venture Scouts are aged 15-17. Ventures meet regularly to prepare for expeditions, camps and their next outdoor challenge.
The real adventure is in the outdoors – mountain hiking, 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 the social aspect of Scouting. National events for Ventures include Scout Fest, Ventact, Mountain Havoc, Venture Challenge and also Jamborees (national and international camps).
There are also events run by the Scout County and Scout Province.
The ratio of adults to Ventures is set accordingly. Scouters are all Garda Vetted and trained in Child Safeguarding.
Scouting Ireland is committed to Scouting safely at all ages.
The activities allow each Scout to develop in the areas of Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional & Spiritual (S.P.I.C.E.S.) 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 are rewarded accordingly.
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, they plan camps and trips. They organise venues, travel, food, budgeting, cooking, equipment and activities. They will be invited to Group and Scout County meetings and have the opportunity get involved in national events and teams.
They learn about teamwork, leadership and how to look after themselves and their community. They also get to socialise and spend time with like-minded friends.