Those seeking adventure can check out local crews

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What did you do last weekend? Did you just sit around the house watching television? Are you in the mood for something different? Would you like to do activities such as caving, rock climbing and white-water rafting?

If so, then join Venture Crew 615.

The Venturing program, established by the Boy Scouts of America, is coed and focuses on high-adventure activities. It is open to ages 14 to 20, a population that the Scouts thought was untouched by any other program.

Venture Crew 615, which has 17 members, meets at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans, where it plans and prepares for monthly trips. During those meetings, members eat pizza, joke around and hang out, but they still get their work done.

"I like the trips and just hanging out," said Jenna Pasma, 16, a rising junior at Greenbrier High School.

Jenna has especially enjoyed the trips, which have included caving and rock-climbing.

Christian Portinga, 14, a rising freshman at Evans High School, said he enjoys the trips because he gets to travel out of town and see things he would not normally see.

Dee Castillo, who chartered the venturing crew, said it is a worthwhile program for teens.

"I really enjoy seeing the venturers take a step out of their comfort zone to do some of these activities," he said.

If this sounds like a good idea, you can join Crew 615 or one of the other crews in the Augusta area, such as Crew 119, which meets at Grace Baptist Church in Evans.

"It gives you a chance to do something that either you or your friends would never do in their lives," Mr. Castillo said.

For more information, call (706) 855-6442.

John Klement is a rising junior at Greenbrier High School.


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