BSA Venture Crew 519
Venturing is an inclusive program through the Boy Scouts of America for males and females aged 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). It’s operated through Venturing Crews, units of youth and advisors that meet on set schedules and plan activities and events for youth like you!
Venture Crew 519 is based in Janesville Wisconsin and its primary area of adventure is Scuba Diving in Wisconsin and all over the world. Crew 519 dives recreationally in the summer months and plans trips to exotic destinations in the winter months about once a year. Venture Crew 519 is sponsored by AJ Scuba. If you aren't a certified scuba diver, its not a problem! AJ Scuba will get you trained so you can join the fun!
Fight the spread of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin's Waterways!
Crew 519 is dedicated to helping the environment and the spread of invasive aquatic species in Wisconsin's lakes and streams. Whether they come in ballast water, on the hulls of recreation boats or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, many non-native species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil have found their way into Wisconsin’s waterways. Their presence can cause severe damage to local ecosystems, industry and tourism. However, Crew 519 works closely with the Wisconsin DNR in removing aquatic invasive species from lakes in South Eastern Wisconsin.
Fund Raising For Dive Trips And Scuba Equipment
Crew 519 works with the Wisconsin Department of Resources and local Lake associations to control the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil, Curly Leaf Pondweed and 14 other invasive species in Wisconsin's Lakes. Crew 519 members are hired to remove these invasive species from lakes in South Eastern Wisconsin. Crew 519 is trained by the Wisconsin DNR in how to identify and remove these plants while on scuba. These invasive plans species are hand picked and are deposited specially designed bags. Once the bags are full, they are brought to the surface and the surface support team of lake association members transfers the weeds into dumpsters. Hand picking these invasive plant species has been found to be the most effective way to remove localized patches of invasive weeds while maintaining and promoting the healthy growth of Wisconsin's native plant species.
Join Venture Crew 519
We are always looing for new members! If you would like more information about joining Crew 519 or if you would like Venture Crew 519 to remove invasive aquatic plants from your lake, please fill out the form below with your message and we will get back to you promptly!