Welcome to Venturing Crew 1 in Gardner, Massachusetts. If you are between the ages of 14 (or 13 and completed the eighth grade) and 20, and looking for outdoor adventure, and the opportunity to make new friends, you've come to the right place. Venturing is an inclusive, coed, youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

What is Venturing

Working Together

Venturing activities are interdependant group experiences in which success is dependant cooperation of everyone involved. Learning by doining in a group setting provides opportunities for developing new skills.

Leading Others

Venturing is youth led. Through formal leadership training, and opportunities for hands-on experience planning and leading activities, our members develop valuable skills that will serve them in their future academic and professional lives.

Making Good Choices

Venturing seeks to empower our members to make ethical and moral choices throughout their lives by instilling in them the values of the Scouting program, and help them grow into responsible and caring adults.

Challenging Yourself

Our outdoor adventures encourage our members to learn new skills, try new things, explore new interests, and step outside their comfort-zone, all in a safe and supportive environment.

Positive Role Models

Meetings and activities are planned by our youth members with the support and guidance of our team of adult advisers who are committed to providing a safe and supportive environement in which our members can learn and grow.

Outdoor Adventure

Guided by the interests our members, our outdoor adventures provide opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and learning, as well as an appreciation for the natural world, and our responsibilities as conservation-minded citizens.

About Crew 1

Our Meetings

Meetings are time to plan and train for upcoming adventures. Our monthly meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month (except July). Meetings are usually held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 905 on West St. in Gardner from 7-8:30 PM. Occasionally meetings may be held in conjunction with activities at other locations. Refer to the activities calendar for details.  

Our Adventures

We have year-round fun, outdoors! This includes camping, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing and more. Experience is not necessary to join Crew 1, we'll teach the skills needed to participate. New members and parents are welcome at any meeting.

Our Members

Venturing is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 (or 13 and completed 8th grade) and 20. Members of Crew 1 come from Gardner and surrounding communities. They have a variety of interests and skills, but they all share a love of the outdoors. Our team of adult advisers come from a diverse professional background, and have extensive experience and training in outdoor programs, safety, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Our Sponsor

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult advisers, and organizations in their communities. Crew 1 was founded in 2003. We are sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 905 in Gardner, which provides our meeting space.