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B.P.O.E. Lodge 1246 of Summit Sponsors New Venturing Crew


The B.P.O.E. of Summit Elks, Lodge #1246 and Boy Scouts of America are pleased to announce the chartering of Venturing Crew 1246 to be based in Summit. 

Venturing is a co-ed division of the Boy Scouts of America for boys and girls ages 14 – through 20.  The program is oriented toward providing young adults with opportunities to experience fun and outdoor adventure, while acquiring meaningful leadership skills. 

Participants will train for and engage in outdoor adventures.  No prior experience in scouting is required, just a desire for challenge as a means for building character, new friendships, independence, and strong leadership skills.

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Some activities might include; rock wall climbing, zip-line, ATVing, COPE Course (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience), hiking, camping and white water rafting.

“We’re very excited to sponsor this youth program”, said Lois Pagano, Summit Elks’ Exalted Ruler.  Venturing encompasses many of the values inherent in the Elks mission including:  community involvement, respect for our nation, and development of tomorrow’s leaders.

“We’re pleased to afford something like this to the community”, said Grant Van Eck, B.S.A. District Executive.  “With so many high schools in Summit, we know many teens will be drawn to participating in this Crew.”  He goes on to say,  “It’s up to the young men and women to determine the adventures they want to undertake.”  Fundraisers help offset the costs of the trips which can be as diverse as white water rafting in the Grand Canyon, sailing to Bermuda, or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

All interested area high school and college students ages fourteen through twenty and their parents are invited to an open house to be held Thursday, December 15 at 7-9 PM Summit Elks B.P.O.E Lodge 1246, located at 40 Maple Street.

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