On Friday, Nov. 18, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Venturing Crews in the National Pike District (Howard County) came together to honor their youth and adult members at the first annual Venturing Court of Honor and Social, which was held at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.
Four National Pike District crews — Venture Crews 851, 540, 2010 and Sea Scouts Ship 361 — celebrated at the Court of Honor as crew members were recognized.
Venture Crew 851 members Stephanie Burt and Christen Kratz were honored with the Venturing Gold Award. Burt also was recognized with the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award in September for planning, building, painting and installing three nature trail head bulletin boards in the Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park. Burt and Kratz were presented with Certificates of Achievement from Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
In addition, Crew 2010 awarded Certificates of Excellence to Victor Torres, Francisca Pereira and Nancy Castaneda for completing the Kodiak X Training Program.
Venture Crew 851’s leader and adviser, Jeff Burt, also was recognized with the Unit Leader Award of Merit.
BSA Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed eigth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others and develop leadership skills. Their high-adventure activities include backpacking, white water rafting, caving, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, camping and high ropes courses.
For more information about the BSA/National Pike District’s Venturing programs, visit www.nationalpike.org/venturing.