Local Venture Crew hosts open house, welcomes new members

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Fri., May. 27, 2011
The Stafford Venture Crew 8150 recently held an open house at the West Stafford Firehouse. Photo by Wally Robinson.
The Stafford Venture Crew 8150 recently held an open house at the West Stafford Firehouse. Photo by Wally Robinson.

The Stafford Venture Crew 8150 held an open house at the West Stafford Fire Department on May 19, as a way to invite prospective members to learn more about joining the group. Venture Crew is a co-ed scouting program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America for young people who have completed middle school and are under the age of 21.

“Venture Crew is for those who are interested in high adventure and sharing the experiences with members of the opposite sex,” said Deborah Winicki, who along with Daniel Irish, Amy Guilmette and Dave Huffman serves as a group advisor. “The crew was formed a year ago and we’ve already been on a number of trips involving hiking, biking, canoeing and/or camping in interesting places.”

Their most recent outing was a 4.5-mile hike on Mt. Higby, one of the basalt ridges that run along the Quinnipiac River Valley between Middletown and Meriden. It rises to a height of 600 feet above the river and is known for its steep cliff faces.

Ben Carter is the president of the group and his favorite outing was a trip to the Maine shore last summer. “Mr. Irish has a cottage at Old Orchard Beach and, among other things, we got to go canoeing through the local salt marshes,” Carter said. “It was really cool.”

Group treasurer Jenny Bourque is helping to organize a camping trip in June at Rocky Neck State Park. “Going on these trips with the guys is great because in general, the Boy Scout programs are more adventurous than those of the Girl Scouts,” she said. “The Venture Crew basically provides the best of both worlds.”

Also in the plans for this summer are a canoeing/camping trip to Seldon Neck State Park and a biking/camping trip on Cape Cod. Seldon State Park is an island in the Connecticut River, reached only by watercraft.

For more information on the Scout Venturing program, go to scouting.org/venturing. You can contact the Stafford group at crew8150staffordsprings.Scoutlander.com or by calling 860-684-9577.


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