The following are videos and documents on a wide variety of topics. All should hopefully be useful in our job with Venturers.
Venturer teams work in both the Calgary and Medicine Hat/Elkwater areas. Teams focus on specific projects or scheduled work at our various host sites. Venturers participants experience on the job skills training while benefiting from being part of a real team in the community. An additional outcome of our projects is that they provide an environment that celebrates and rewards the gifts, talents and attributes of each member.
Project 1. Friends of Fish Creek Prov. Park Society Dedication Bench Installation and Maintenance
Participants from the Coyote and Cougar teams install and complete Spring and Fall Maintenance on the FFCPPS Dedication Benches in Fish Creek Provincial Park and Big Hill Springs Provincial Park.
When a Dedication Bench is purchased, the Friends contact The Venturers who then go to the approved location. When weather permits, they dig the holes, install the bench and then fill the holes with cement. The pad and bench are cleaned twice a year including litter pickup, weed control, graffiti removal and refinishing as needed.
Project 2. Park Projects
The Badger and Dire Wolf teams completed a special project for Alberta Parks - Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. They revitalized the parks mini-putt. Here is just one example of the revitalization: obstacles representing the local triathalon. Happy putting!!
We have a contract with all three parks to pay for the work and they also donate the use of our host sites and administration office. Great teamwork!
Project 3. Interest Based Activities
In addition to Acreage work and Park, Camp and Trail Maintenance, members participate in activities of interest to them. This can include recreational or educational activities outside of our program (Calgary Zoo, etc.) or in-house activities like a personal wood project shown here.
Other examples of in-house activities include Bike Maintenance and Horticulture. Abandoned bikes are given to Venturers. If possible the bikes are repaired and then donated to local charities and/or sold to recover the cost of equipment and supplies. The Horticulture component involves gardening as well as production of bird houses, butterfly houses, ladybug huts, bee nests, benches and hypertufa rock planters. These hypertufa rock planters are suitable for succulents, wildflowers and other water-wise plants.