WHAT IS EXPLORING?
Exploring is the Boy Scouts of America's youth development program for young men and women 14 (who have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age, and who subscribes to the Explorer Code.
As an Explorer..
- I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God, and in the courage, strength and traditions of our people.
- I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my life.
- I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.
- I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.
- I will acquire the Exploring attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our
Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Explorers are ready to explore the
meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and in their communities.
Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. The program of each Explorer post is unique as it is developed around the interests and capabilities of adults in the organization.
Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career or hobby subjects and plan programs that provide the members development in the following six
Developing a better understanding of America's social, economic, and governmental systems
Gaining some insight and practical experience in careers
Encouraging a sense of pride in our American heritage
Preparing to give leadership and fulfill our responsibility to American society and to the people of the world
Improving mental and emotional fitness
Enhancing physical fitness and an appreciation for sports
Instilling stable personal values firmly based on religious concepts
Developing skill in dealing with all people and encouraging a sense of family and community responsibility
Encouraging the skill and desire to help others
Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others
Developing a degree of self-reliance based on courage, initiative, and resourcefulness.
Understanding and appreciating the wise use of resources and the protection of our environment
Young adults involved in Exploring should:
Gain practical experience in a career, special interest, or skill.
Engage in a program of activities centered on the six experience areas (career, leadership, service, social, fitness, and the outdoors) to encourage the development of the whole person.
Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.
Every Explorer post ''specializes'' in a specific career, hobby, sport, or outdoor program area. More than 100 different specialties have been organized, ranging from accounting to zoology. Some specialty programs have grown to include a national committee, activities, and staff support.
Among these is Law Enforcement.
Law Enforcement. This specialty is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Sheriff's Association. More than 2,800 police and sheriff's departments have organized Explorer posts specializing in law enforcement. These posts can provide assistance in crime prevention programs and traffic control, and as aides to patrol officers.
Other popular Explorer post specialties include medical, conservation, computers, engineering, firemanship, music, business, science, automotive, rescue, skiing, radio-TV, military, communications, electronics, secretarial, architecture, banking, photography, accounting, and journalism.
ETHICS IN ACTION
An important goal of Exploring is to help young adults be responsible and caring persons, both now and in the future. Exploring uses ''ethical controversies'' to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflect their caring for what's at risk and for the people involved. Because an ethical controversy is a problem-solving situation, leaders expect young adults to employ empathy, invention, and selection when they think through their position and work toward a solution of an ethical controversy.
What an Explorer post does is limited only by the imagination and involvement of its leaders-build a glider, climb a mountain, make an electric car, run a ski race, go sailing, ride horses, tour Europe, produce a play, conduct a mock trial, go white-water canoeing, prospect for gold, or teach disabled people to swim. All these adventures and many more are being done today by posts across the
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As of December 31, 1994, there were 21,824 Explorer posts and ships with a total membership of 393,444.