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Venture Crew 56

Venture Crew 56 was established in July 2015 with the purpose to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. 
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Young adults involved in Venturing will:

  • Learn to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling values.
  • Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.
  • Become a skilled training and program resource for other groups.
  • Acquire skills in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts and hobbies, or religious life.
  • Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
  • Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.



The aims of the Venture Crew program are to build character, develop citizenship, and foster personal fitness. The Venturing methods listed below have been carefully designed to achieve the aims of the Venture Crew program and meet the needs of young adults.

  • Leadership. All Venturers are given opportunities to learn and apply proven leadership skills. A Venturing crew is led by elected crew officers. The Venturing Leadership Skills Course is designed for all Venturers and helps teach them in an active way to lead effectively.
  • Group Activities. Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all. Learning by "doing" in a group setting provides opportunities for developing new skills.
  • Adult Association. The youth officers lead the crew. The officers and activity chairs work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders in a spirit of partnership. The adults serve in a "shadow" leader capacity.
  • Recognition. Recognition comes through the Venturing advancement program and through the acknowledgement of a youth's competence and ability by peers and adults.
  • The Ideals. Venturers are expected to promise to be faithful in religious duties, treasure their American heritage, help others, and seek truth and fairness.
  • High Adventure. Venturing's emphasis on high adventure helps provide team-building opportunities, new meaningful experiences, practical leadership application, and lifelong memories to young adults.
  • Teaching Others. All of the Venturing awards require Venturers to teach what they have learned to others. When they teach others often, Venturers are better able to retain the skill or knowledge taught, they gain confidence in their ability to speak and relate to others, and they acquire skills that can benefit them for the rest of their lives as a hobby or occupation.


Ethics in Action

An important goal of Venturing is to help young adults be responsible and caring persons, both now and in the future. Venturing uses "ethical controversies" to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflect their concern for what is a risk and how it will affect others involved. Because an ethical controversy is a problem-solving situation, leaders expect young adults to employ empathy, invention, and selection when they think through their position and work toward a solution.

Activities and Outings
Outing #1
Overnight Camping at Firestone
Aug. 29-30, 2015
*  Collin spitting the handle on a bulls eye hatchet throw!
*  Kayla - the tarantula hunter! Are we up to 30 yet?
*  Paintball
*  Shooting
Outing # 2
5 Mile hike in Powder Canyon
Dec. 18, 2016
*  Thank you Mrs. E. for leading the way while sick!
*  Making a new friend.  Thanks for coming Bryant!
Outing # 3
3 Day / 2 Night camping trip to Amboy Crater and Pisgah Lava Tubes
Jan. 16 - 18, 2016
*  We found Glove Cave, Trilobites, and climbed a volcano!
*  Blew up rockets and had a BLAST!
*  Anyone up for beer?  ROOT beer that is from Roy's! 
*  Get your kicks on Route 66
Outing # 4
Winchester Program
Feb. 21, 2016
*  Qualified for both Pro-Marksman and Marksman! 
*  Great job David, Francesca, Collin, Zach, and Mrs. Aceves
Outing # 5
Skiing/Snow Boarding
March 5, 2016
*  Spam Musubi!  Thanks girls!
*  What do you mean you have never been to Bass Pro Shops?  Road Trip!
Outing # 6
Vasquez Rocks
March 26, 2016
*  Ummm, I don't think this is the trail
*  How often do you enjoy lunch in a cave?
Outing #7
Urban Outting - San Diego
Birch Aquarium 
Balboa Park
Old Town
March 30, 2016
*  Go ahead, just touch it! It's only a sea cucumber 
*  Hot sauce tasting, anyone?
*  We are how close to Mexico? 
Outing #8
Crawfish Boil @ Firestone
May 21, 2016
Outing #9
Winchester Program
Oct. 16, 2016
*  Pro-Marksman - Angela, Andrew, Alice, Greta, Niall, Evan 
*  Marksman - Angela, Andrew, Alice, Greta, Niall, Evan 
*  Marksman 1st Class - Collin, Zach, and Francesca
Outing #9
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Hike
Oct. 23, 2016
*  Lunch at the waterfall
*  Dinner in Old Town!
Outing #11
Father/Son Bowling (La Habra Lanes) & Scout Expo (Rose Bowl)
Oct. 29, 2016
Outing #12
Venturing Training (Montebello)
Nov. 5 - 6, 2016
Outing #13
Mistletoe Harvesting / Hiking (Big Bear)
Nov. 25 - 27, 2016
Outing #14
Young Eagles 
Sept. 16, 2018
Outing #15
Pisgah Lava Tubes, Amboy Crater & Calico Ghost Town
Outing #16
Vasquez Rocks or Joshua Tree
October 2016 - March 2017
President:  Zachary Aceves
Vice President / Administration: Collin Lantz
Vice President / Program: Harrison Lacko
Treasurer: Angela Shasha
Quartermaster: Bryant Durflinger
Historian: Francesca Faccini
April - October 2016
President:   Kayla Lumba
Vice President / Administration:  Zachary Aceves
Vice President / Program:  Collin Lantz
Secretary:  Owen Lozano
Treasurer:  Owen Lozano
Quartermaster:  Harrison Lacko
Historian:  Owen Lozano
July 2015 - March 2016
President:  Zachary Aceves
Vice President / Administration: Stephen Camacho
Vice President / Program: Aaron Espinoza
Quartermaster:  Bryant Durflinger
April 2017 - April 2018
President:  Harrison Lacko
Vice President / Administration:  Evan Aceves
Vice President / Program: Owen Lozano
Quartermaster:  Evan Aceves
April 2018 - present
President:  Evan Aceves
Vice President / Administration:  Harrison Lacko
Vice President / Program: Owen Lozano
Quartermaster:  Niall Moreno

Friday Feb. 11 - 12, 2017
Rancho Alegre: Passport to Venturing (COPE, archery, shotgun)
Sunday Feb. 12, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 pm Crew Meeting
Franciscan Center
Saturday - Monday Feb. 18 - 20, 2017
Pisgah Lava Tubes & Calico Ghost Town
Sunday Feb. 26, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 pm Crew Meeting
Franciscan Center
Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the Month (except when an outing is planned on a Sunday)
6:00 - 7:30pm
Franciscan Center - Conference Room (near counseling)