Venturing District News
Welcome to the Orange County Council’s NEW Venturing District! We are all excited to start this new adventure and welcome you all to the community! My name is Laurel Berkheimer and I am the Venturing District Executive. I grew up in Tustin, moved to Virginia to attend The College of William and Mary where I graduated with my Bachelors in history in 2011. I moved back home where I attended the University of Southern California where I received my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012. My brother is an Eagle Scout out of Troop 36. While he was in the troop I became a jealous little sister and decided I wanted to go backpacking too! When I turned 14, I joined Crew 36 with my brother and dad. My Venturing Crew experience was among my favorites as a high school student. I am extremely privileged to now work for the Orange County Council and work solely with the amazing Venturing Crews in this Council!
As we move forward with the new district I hope to meet each and every one of you and involve you all in our district events! As you may or may not know, the third Tuesday of every month is the Venturing Forum. This is similar to a geographic district’s roundtable. However, unlike roundtable, youth are encourage to come and meet fellow Venturers and collaborate with other crews. This is also a great opportunity for collaboration among the adults involved in crews.
· Our next Forum will be January 21st at 7pm at the Council office (1211 East Dyer Rd Santa Ana) This forum’s program will be a safety and information conversation about shooting sports! This is in preparation for our February 23rd at Firestone
§ Mark your calendars for the February 23rd Shooting Sports event at Firestone open to ALL Venturing Crews!
· February’s Forum will be held at the Newport Sea Base (1931 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach) and will be the Kick-off to the Venturing District! It is also a Dutch Oven Cook off so bring your crew, come at 6 to cook either a main dish or dessert or come at 7 for the meeting! There will be a breakout for ALL youth and another one for ALL adults. No matter your connection to Venturing, come learn about our new district and get information about upcoming events, meet the leaders, how to improve your crew, and much more!
Finally, I would like to come and visit each and every crew to meet you all! Please send me your meeting information or another time you would like to meet!
Thank you all for your time and I can’t wait for an exciting year in Venturing!
Laurel Berkheimer | District Executive
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Orange County Council
1211 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana, California 92705
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