Venture Crew 190 Bylaws
Venture Crew 190 Bylaws

I. Preamble - The Venturing Code (should not be changed)

     As a Venturer, I believe that Americaís strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.
     I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.
     I will treasure my American Heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.
     I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.
     I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

II. Venturing Crew Bylaws

A. Objectives - The objectives of this Venturing Crew are:
1. Membership
2. Program
3. Fund-raisers

B. Membership - Membership shall be open to all young adults of High School age and are 14 years of age. No prospective member shall be disqualified because of race, color, creed, or sex. All members must be registered as A Venturer and agree to the Venturing Code and Bylaws.

C. Officers
1. The elected officers shall be President, Administrative Vice President, Programs Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President, with approval of the Adviser, shall appoint a Youth Activity Chair, and make other assignments as needed. The duties of the Officers shall be as described in the Venturing Leader Handbook.
2. The normal term of office shall be for one year starting on January 1. Elections shall be held in December.
3. No member shall serve more than two successive terms in the same office.
4. The President shall appoint a nominating committee, which shall consist of three members. The committee shall interview and present a complete slate of candidates who have agreed, if elected, to serve to the best of their abilities.
5. On the night of the election, nominations may be presented from the floor by any member. If the nomination is seconded and the candidate agrees to serve, he or she must be included on the ballot.
6. All contested ballots shall be secret.

D. Crew Business - Crew Business will be conducted under the principals outlined in Robertís Rule of Order. Voting on all issues will be by simple majority, with the exception of changes or amendments to the bylaws, which will require a 2/3 vote of the total membership. A quorum shall consist of one more than the majority of members for votes on routine business.

E. Officerís Meetings - Officerís Meetings will be held with the Adult Committee Meetings.

F. Newsletter - The Crew will publish a newsletter every quarter, which shall include all meeting dates and other information of interest to the membership. The newsletter will serve as the historical record of the Crew.

G. Dues - Dues will be $2.00 per month, payable quarterly or at any time within the quarter. Members delinquent in dues payments for six months or more will be dropped from the Crew Roster.

H. Money-earning projects - All money earning projects must be approved by a majority vote of Crew Members. Members who do not participate in the project are not entitled to any benefits of the funds earned. All money-earning projects must be approved by the Adviser and meet BSA requirements.

J. Crew Rules
1. All Crew members will respect other peopleís property. If it is not yours, return it.
2. There will be no fighting.
3. Keep foul language to a minimum. No foul language would be preferred.
4. If you cannot make it to a meeting, let an officer know or another member know.
5. If you get hurt, let one of the adults know right away.
6. No picking on others (name calling, putting them down, etc.)
7. When someone is speaking, wait until they finish before you say anything.
8. Respect you officerís decisions and questions, donít laugh at them.
9. Punishment is as follows:
a. First offense - Verbal and written warning
b. Second offense - parents are notified
c. Third offense - suspended from two outings
d. Fourth offense - grounds for suspension from the Crew itself and BSA Office will be notified.

K. Venturing Driver Requirements - When traveling to a Venturing event under the leadership of an adult (at least 21 years of age) tour leader, a Venturer at least 16 years of age may be a driver subject to the following qualifications: (1) six months driving experience as a licensed driver (time on a learnerís permit or equivalent is not to be counted); (2) no record of accidents or moving violations; and (3) parental permission has been granted to leader, driver, and riders.

L. Uniforms - Crew uniforming will be as follows: the Venuring T-shirt and black jeans or black shorts.

M. Ranger Guidebook - Each Venturer is responsible for purchasing the Ranger Guidebook. This book is available from the Buffalo Trace Council Office in Evansville. The phone number for the Scout Shop is 1-800-264-5246.

N. Ranger Guidebook and Uniform - It is required by each Venturer to purchase a Class A uniform and the Ranger Guidebook within 3 months of obtaining membership with the Crew.

O. Outings - On outings that require staying overnight, the Crew will be segregated by gender. Fire guard shifts will be conducted by the adults at the outing. This is for your safety. There will be no sexual or illegal activities at any Venturing outing. If this rule is broken, all parties involved will be kicked out of the Venturing Program and it will be reported to the BSA and parents immediately.

P. Commitments Made To Go On Outings - As you know, it takes a lot of time and effort to plan and put on an outing. In order to make sure the parents and Crew do not lose out on money paid for deposits, food, equipment rentals, etc., if you commit to going on an outing, you are obligated to pay all costs required for that outing (food, deposits, epuipment rentals, etc.) If you find out that you can not attend the outing, you MUST NOTIFY AN OFFICER, YOUTH OR ADULT, NO LATER THAN 1 WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE OUTING. If you fail to notify an officer 1 week befor the outing, you are responsible for paying all costs that are due since you were included in the price of food, deposits, equipment rental, etc.
     If an unfortunate accident or a death in the family occurs within the week prior to the outing, you will not be responsible for paying the costs accrued for you for that particular Crew function or outing.
     In case of a serious illness or in case of hospitalization, you must provide a Doctor's statement in order not to have to pay for fees for an outing or function you commited to.
     ALL OUTING MUST BE PRE-PAID! This will help aid in the ability for youth and adult officer's to purchace food, make deposits, equipment rentals, etc., so we can ensure the outing will be able to happen.

Q. Bylaws - The Venturing Bylaws may have items added or removed from it at any time with the approval of the adult committee.

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