Venturing crews are open to young men and women from ages 13 to 21, providing opportunities to become involved hand’s on in the community. Each crew creates a committee and selects leaders, treasurers and even historians. Crews must design a trip and work together to carry out that specific adventure.
To win the Ad Altare Dei – translated as “to the alter of God” – emblem, some members of Crew 75 attended weekly meetings and Catholic Mass regularly and actively worked on adventure activities. The emblem was the first emblem approved by the U.S. Catholic Committee and Bishop’s Council in 1939 and was approved by the Boy Scouts the same year.
“It’s the 78th anniversary of this emblem and it used to be only earned by young men,” Matt Price, Dioscese of Raleigh Catholic Committee on Scouting, said. “More than 300,000 have earned this emblem. But it was just approved in April 2014 by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting venturing crews for both males and females. The Co-Educational Crew from Fuquay Varina, were the first venture crew in Black River District to receive it. It takes about six months to earn this emblem.”
The special part about girls winning the emblem, according to Price, is the girls earn more than just patches, they’re a part of the Boy Scouts experience.
“It’s nothing against Girl Scouts, but these crews really let the members get involved in high venture activities,” Weiskircher said. “They get to be very active in scuba diving and high adventure type programs.”