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December 18
Venturing Event Draws 350 Participants to Beaumont

Venturing Event Draws 350 Participants to Beaumont

Have you ever heard of Venturing? Thanks to people like Trevor Vogan, you will soon if you haven’t already.


ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When the sun went down Friday evening, the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) put the finishing touches on its council-wide event called the Hunger Games last weekend, a game of capture the flag in the dark. The event, completely free of charge for high school boys and girls, was used as a way to introduce new youth to the exciting world of Venturing and its fun possibilities.


The inaugural game was a huge success as it drew around 350 participants to Beaumont Scout Reservation Friday night. Attendees were divided into more than a dozen teams, with two groups at a time playing capture the flag in the 200-yard long Shippey Field. A bonfire and hot chocolate helped keep individuals warm in between games.


If Friday was any indication, then Venturing appears ready to take off within GSLAC. An increase in the program’s popularity would mean Gravois Trail Venturing Officer Association President Trevor Vogan will likely have his hands full in his new role.


“As the district president, I’m basically one of the main people who help plan district activities for the year,” said Vogan, a junior at St. John Vianney High School. “There is also the admissions vice president, communications vice president and program vice president who help me and have their own specified areas. I help with all of them. I also have the ability to form committees to work on projects and activities.”


One particular event that Vogan is especially excited for is an upcoming campout scheduled for the spring.


“This year we’re planning for a spring camping trip out at Beaumont where we’ll have a cookout and use the horses,” explained Vogan, who lists camping as one of his favorite activities. “That should be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to that.”


Vogan first joined pack 169 in elementary school after seeing a boy talk while attending Assumption Catholic School. Since becoming a VOA president, Vogan has been able to see how the Boy Scouts prepared him for such an important role.


“The Boy Scouts helped me learn how to manage my time so I could get everything done and also to use my resources,” Vogan said. “I think (the Boy Scouts) help teach leadership and other skills and abilities that can be used later in life. It teaches you not to be afraid to ask for help. It also teaches new skills that you can use towards different careers.”


For now, Vogan will use those skills to help Venturing continue to grow in the Gravois Trail District, as well as the St. Louis area.


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