REGAL YET REAL

REGAL YET REAL

REGAL YET REAL
1999 Tournament of Roses, Rose Queen is Member of Boy Scout Program

Pasadena, California, December 22, 1998 - Not only does Christina Farrell have the distinction of reigning over the last Rose Parade of the 20th century, she is also one of nearly 170,000 young men and women in the Boy Scouts of America's Venturing program. Christina, a member of Venturing Crew 105, is actively involved in several of the community service and high-adventure opportunities provided by this BSA program.

The 17-year old Arcadia High School student and 47 of her school mates, friends, and fellow Venturers have participated in expeditions by canoeing, hiking trips up Mt. Whitney, travels to Europe and a tour of a nuclear submarine base. In addition to the high-adventure actives, the Venturing crew also gives back to the community helping out at local food banks and hospital fundraisers.

Venturing is a young adult program of the BSA for men and women ages 14 (who have completed the eighth grade) through 20. The program is designed around six experience areas; citizenship, leadership, service, social, outdoor and fitness. The Venturing crew that Christina serves as crew secretary is chartered by Kiwanis International of Arcadia, California.

When reflecting on where she's been and where she's going, Christina is quick to respond that her participation in the Venturing program has her helped in many ways. Not only did it give her additional confidence to compete with more than 800 other young ladies for the Rose Queen title, but it has given her the opportunity to experience things she may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience.

Other Venturing crews across the nation have participated in activities such as sailing along the coast of Africa, sending experiments on a space-shuttle mission, and making national forest nature trails accessible to the blind by installing trail posts in Braille. The activities that the young men and women experience are balanced by their commitment to their communities, with members of Venturing crews doing community projects as a group and individually.

Would Christina recommend Venturing to other young people? Her answer is enthusiastic: "Yes, not only does it give you a great opportunity to do fun things with your friends, but I've gained great teamwork and leadership skills. It's amazing that one can have so many wonderful experiences in a single program."

Current crew President, Jared Bohonus, and past-President, Laura Park, both three-year members and seniors at Arcadia High School, agree that they have grown personally. Both formerly very shy, they now have a great sense of confidence, leadership and commitment as a result of their participation in the Venturing crew. When asked whether Christina's new title of 1999 Rose Queen would make a difference, crew members all said they are very happy for her, but, when she's with them, she's just one of the crew.

For more information about the Venturing program visit www.scouting.org/venturing.

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Pictures of 1999 Tournament of Roses, Rose Queen Christina Farrell and of her with several members of the Venturing crew on a canoe trip can be viewed here.