Southern Region Venturing, BSA


Winterfest is the official Southern Region Venturing event! Held in Gatlinburg, TN, Winterfest is the largest Scouting event in the nation specifically intended for Venturers and Explorers. Over 3000 Venturers and Explorers gather together for a weekend every February that’s packed with fun activities, competitions, and fellowship with others from across the region and surrounding area.

The Winterfest program for Venturers typically includes shooting sports, aquatics, climbing (and a giant rope swing!), archery, two dances, evening shows Friday and Saturday, and that’s just the beginning. Crews also have the opportunity to take part in activities around Gatlinburg through local partnerships. Winterfest is primarily managed by the Northeast Georgia Council, and more information about the event is available on the official Winterfest website. Registration links and the event Leader’s Guide will be posted on the Winterfest website when they are available.

Winterfest 2020 was held on February 7-9 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Stay tuned for more information about next year’s Winterfest!

Did you know? The Southern Region hosts a special brunch at the Glenstone Lodge in Gatlinburg on the Sunday morning after Winterfest! Your whole crew is invited, and the previous year’s Summit Award recipients will be specially recognized. A limited number of tickets are available, so make sure to sign up once registration opens!