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New Zealand celebrates 50 years of Venturing

1st Jan 2013

The 50th Anniversary of Venturing both in New Zealand and the world kicked off in the month of July, with several celebrations taking place around the country.

One event was held in Wellington over the weekend of 5 to 7 July 2013 where the Lower North Island Regional Venturer Council had organised the amazing race, with the Venturer Activity Teams running all over central Wellington.

Ngati Toa Venturer Unit then hosted a dinner, campfire and games. SCOUTS New Zealand was happy to see many Venturers having fun, learning and enjoying. More celebrations have taken place around the country including the Central North Island Venturers running a very successful amazing race as well. 

Senior Scouting started in Britain in 1947. However it was New Zealand that led the world on making a dedicated section and naming it Venturers, a name that many countries have adopted. The first official “Venturer Unit” started in 1963. This had a new name “Venturers”, a new uniform including long trousers (Scouts had shorts only), a new award scheme, a new method of organisation based on the use of activity groups instead of patrols and what has remained the fundamental basis of a Venturer Unit, the acceptance that Venturer Units be self-governing and self-programming with adult guidance. This still remains the same 50 years down the track.

-- Wayne Philip, APR Honorary Correspondent

SCOUTS New Zealand

Picture 1: © SCOUTS New Zealand