Venturing Officers' Association - GGAC


The purpose of the Golden Gate Area Council’s Venturing Officers’ Association (VOA) is to provide support and guidance to maintain and grow the council’s Venturing program. VOAs collaborate with other committees in providing training for Venturers and Advisors, programming for crews, and monthly or quarterly forums to bring together youth and Advisors.


A VOA consists of a team of officers (youth president, vice presidents for administration; program; communication; along with a secretary, treasurer, etc.), supported by an Advisor, and keeps the VOA organized. This forum provides a voice for youth to help strengthen the Venturing program. A VOA holds several meetings during the year and hosts a few events that help to bring the crews, districts, councils, or areas together. Each event may have a different goal: training, adventure, recognition, fun—or all of the above.


Council Venturing Officers’ Associations provide opportunities for adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service (ALPS). By doing so, they serve to model best practices in programming for local crews and to provide a program resource for Venturers and Advisors throughout the VOA’s Council.

Your 2023-2024 Council VOA President

GGAC VOA President Ally H
2023-2024 Council Venturing President


VOA Advisor & Staff Advisor


Facebook Page/Group and Instagram

Please like our Facebook page and join our Group here to stay informed of announcements when they come!  We also have an Instagram account which you can access by clicking the icon below (must be signed in to to view).

We want YOUR feedback

In the past years of our VOA, we have planned, promoted, and hosted numerous in-person events/activities to bring Crews in our council together.  However, that nowadays is more “easier said than done” and not really feasible at the moment.  As we plan some limited in-person events and more virtual events, we would like to hear your ideas and suggestions!

Please contact the VOA Advisor(s) down below to send us your feedback or click the Yellow Button near the top of the page.  Thank you! 

Contact Us

For more information on the VOA, if you are interested in joining, have any feedback to help improve our program, or have any inquiries about the Venturing program, please email the Council Venturing Volunteer Advisor and Staff Advisor:

Council VOA Advisor/Chair – Dave Fontaine; [email protected]

Council VOA Staff Advisor – Elijah Gonzales; [email protected]

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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