Southern Region Venturing Advisor: Jennifer Hancock
Jennifer L. Hancock is the current Chairman of the Southern Region Venturing Committee and Regional Advisor to the Southern Region Venturing Officers Association. Mrs. Hancock is a devoted Scouter from the South Plains Council in Lubbock, TX. She is a practicing international and family law attorney with a Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law.
Before assuming the chairmanship and becoming the Regional Advisor she had served Scouting in countless other ways. Mrs. Hancock has served the youth of our program as a Venturing Crew Advisor, a member of her local councils executive board, an International Representative, and as an Associate Area Advisor. She also currently serves on the BSA International Committee.
For her service to youth she has been recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, the Silver Antelope Award, the International Scouters Award, the Area Venturing Leadership Award, and the Silver Fox awarded by Scouts Canada.
As someone who believes that youth learn best from new experiences, she considers herself privileged to have lead local and international youth groups to some of the most amazing Scouting venues in the world. She has lead crews to Germany and the United Kingdom, and to events in Costa Rica and at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland, just to name a few.
She has a true devotion to not only Scouting, but to the development of youth, and to the betterment of the world through them.
Southern Region Associate Advisor – Program: Danny LeGaye
Danny LeGaye is an Eagle Scout and has been an active scouter for over 20 years. Scouting has always been a passion of his which he has tried to share with people through his service to the program. In addition to his role as Advisor and Chairman for the Sam Houston Area Council Venturing Program, he is also a member of the Order of the Arrow As a youth, Mr. LeGaye participated in the Junior Leader Training Conference (JLTC) and National Junior Leader Instructor Camp (NJLIC) at Philmont. Both of which were critical in helping to strengthen him in his role as the founding President of Venturing Crew 911 in Houston, Texas, for which he was honored with the Council Venturing Leadership Award. His love of scouting has only grown and broadened it’s reach internationally when he took the opportunity to participate in the European Camp Staff program and got to spend seven weeks in southern Germany at the International Guide and Scout Camp Bucher Berg with some great scouters from around the globe. His love of the program has only continued to inspire and encourage him to spread and strengthen the bonds of the World Brotherhood of Scouting.
Southern Region Venturing Associate Advisor – Communication: Tom Roberts
Tom Roberts has been a Scoutmaster and served as a member of Pack, Troop and Crew Committees. Tom is particularly proud of his 12 year tenure as a Venturing Crew Advisor. He has been privileged to advise scouts as a World Jamboree Scoutmaster, National Jamboree Crew Advisor, Philmont Trek and Cavalcade Crew Advisor, Florida Sea Base Scuba and Sailing Crew Advisor, and Northern Tier Canoe Trek Assistant Leader.
Tom has staffed six National Jamborees and two World Jamborees. Closer to home, Tom has been a COPE Director,
Climbing Instructor, Ranger Camp Instructor, NCS Trek Director, and Wood Badge Course Director.
Tom has served as the National Camping School Trek Leader Section Director 14 times. Tom supports the Southern
Region Venturing Officers Association website and has served as the Advisor to the Area 9 Venturing Officers Association.
Tom Roberts is a member of the Northeast Georgia Council where he serves as a
Council Vice President, a National Council Representative, Philmont Contingent organizer,
Jamboree Committee Chairman, Outdoor Ethics Advocate, Deputy Chairman for the Exploring/Venturing
Winterfest Committee, and Philmont Training Center Ambassador.
As a Scout, Tom earned the Arrow of Light, God and Country Award and the Eagle Scout Award.
Tom served as the Chief of Tatokainyanka Lodge in Central Wyoming, where he was awarded the Vigil Honor.
As an adult volunteer, Tom has been recognized with several training and service awards including Wood
Badge, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Council and Region Venturing Leadership Award, the Silver Antelope Award,
and the Philmont Master’s Track Award.
Southern Region Venturing Associate Advisor – Communication: Ricky Garcia
Ricky is an avid Scouter with a long history of, and love for, service to Scouting. As a youth he served as a dedicated member of both his Council and Area VOAs, as well as his local OA lodge. He served as Chairman of Venturing Winter Camp during the first rebirth of the Circle Ten VOA while simultaneously serving his lodge as Vice Chief. For his service as Chairman he was awarded the Council Venturing Leadership Award. He then went on to serve as Council Venturing Vice President of Program and later Area Venturing Vice President of Communication. As an adult Scouter, Ricky’s proudest roles have been as an Associate Crew Advisor in his home Crew in Garland, TX and as an Associate Area Advisor for the Southern Region’s Area 2.