The Corps of Discovery is a Service Society for the youth and adults who have shown a willingness to promote service within their organizations (especially Venturing Crews), communities or within their religious institutions. It is intended for youth and adults who have gone beyond what would normally be expected by a unit member or unit leader; ones that provide widespread service. It should not be thought of as a coed Order of the Arrow.
Within Venturing, Venturers who provide widespread service staff District, Council, Area, Regional or National activities and training in their Venturing uniform. It is not for recognition of the Venturer who just serves as a terrific Crew President or earns the Silver or Ranger Award.
Adults who provide widespread service get involved at the District, Council, Regional or National level and help with programs that serve multiple units, whole Districts or whole Councils. They go beyond just promoting their Crew.
The Corps of Discovery at the unit level allows the leadership to encourage his own members to participate in building Venturing and Scouting within the larger community.
Rachel Eddowes Represents Venturing to Congress in 2013
Rachel Eddowes, a member of Crew 502 out of Virginia Beach, was the Venturer selected to represent the Boy Scouts of America before the U.S. Congress in 2013. Rachel is a Corps of Discovery member and holds both the Venturing Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards.
Jim Shannon, a very good friend of mine, was her first Advisor and provided her with her initial direction in Venturing. Venturing is proud to have had Rachel represent the program and to have Jim be the scouter who gave her guidance.
To the left is a video of Rachel in unifom with her Corps of Discovery flap and the Venturing Leadership Award, Venturing Silver and Girl Scout Gold Award knots.
For more information about Rachel, please visit www.tidewaterbsa.com/Rachel.htm (link no longer is available).
A second video presented by "the hampton roads show" can be see by visiting their site at www.wavy.com/dpp/hr_show/reck-on-the-road-rachel-eddowes (link no longer is available).
Rachel Eddowes Continuers to Promot Scouting
In 2018, Rachel graduated from George Mason University and this is the cap she wore. You can read more about her on "Byron on Scouting."
For 2019, she is a member of the U.S. Contingent Management Team for the 2019 World Jamboree. Quite an accomplished young lady!