On September 12th and 13th, Area 4’s VOA, in conjunction with Western Los Angeles County Council’s VOA, put on a training and networking weekend for the Area Officers at Camp Josepho. The goal was to get people from the active councils to come together and learn how to work together. We had representation from Orange County Council, West LA County Council, California Inland Empire Council, and even San Diego Imperial Council! The officers learned the basic skills, like how to work individually and as a team, and were faced with hypothetical scenarios in which they planned out their visions for the rest of the term and beyond.
In addition to the normal agenda, we had special guest appearances from Hannah Olson, Western Region Vice President of Program, and Edward Abraham, National Venturing President. Hannah delivered a preview of the new Leadership Skills for Crews training, which we integrated as the “Visions” part of our training. Edward shared words of wisdom in a small speech at the end of the day where he encouraged the VOA Officers to work to empower the Crews, as it is a responsibility for them to be in this for Venturers, not politics. Overall, the participants enjoyed the weekend and made many new friends in the program who can assist them in the future that is to come!