After a Successful Debut, VenturingFest Announces 2018 Event

This summer, more than 700 Venturers from across the country joined together for the first ever VenturingFest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. The event was a mighty success and the next VenturingFest has been officially announced for 2018—just in time for the High-Adventure program’s 20th anniversary.

BSA VenturingFrom zip lines and water sports to concerts with new friends, VenturingFest shows off the best the Summit  has to offer. And according to Bryan on Scouting, the High-Adventure Base will once again host the dynamic youth of BSA’s Venturing program from July 1 to 6, 2018.

“VenturingFest 2016 was such a success because it brought together hundreds of youth from all around the country to have fun around something they have in common, Venturing.,” said Jessica Janscha, Venturing Staff Advisor at BSA’s National Service Center. “Their love for the program showed in the service projects, friendships made, and photos and videos on social media.”

Venturing invites young men and women from ages 14-20 (or 13 and have completed 8th grade) to participate in exciting and meaningful activities that not only thrill and excite, but also help develop character and leadership skills.

Venturers can chose a specialty from a plethora of different activities, so naturally, the Summit was the perfect venue to host the summer celebration. And with the program’s 20th anniversary in 2018, the next VenturingFest is sure to be an unforgettable Summit celebration. As Bryan on Scouting puts it, “Venturing turns 20 in 2018, and you and your crew are invited to the party.”

In fact, the Venturing staff is already hard at work, planning the anniversary festivities. “We’re working to make the 2018 event the most incredible Venturing experience yet by having more crews join us for an event that will celebrate 20 years of Venturing in the most epic way possible,” said Janscha.

Learn more about the Venturing program by heading to

For more on Venturing’s 20th birthday bash, make sure to check out the full story by Bryan on Scouting.


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Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at