Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 10 Feb 1994 21:32:29 CST
Andrew Heath <HEATHA%BYUVAX.bitnet@UKCC.uky.edu> writes:
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>> (all Explorers) (Sea Explorers)
>> Explorer Acheivement Award Ordinary
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>>Scouting items. There's an Exploring Leader Handbook, but it's more
>>technical (explaining how to run an Explorer Post or Ship) than it is
>>on the operational end. It's that way for a reason...most Explorer
>>Posts and Ships are not into the advancement thing.
> (stuff deleted)
>We have been looking at starting up an Explorer post, and I have heard of the
>Explorer Acheivement Award. I have not, however seen anything on how it is
>earned. Is there a FAQ that talks about the Explorer advancement/awards?
>If not I would be interested in having it explained, as none of the Explorer
>material I have explaines it.
Besides the Exploring Awards and Scholarships flyer that Bruce speaks
of, the Explorer Leader Handbook explains the Exploring Achievement
Award in a summary...and there's a separate flyer that you can get
from your Council office (ask for BSA #23-210).
The Exploring Achievement Award is a individualized award, presented
to a registered Explorer that completes a series of personal
development, service, and leadership projects with other members of
his or her Post or Ship and by themselves over a 18-24 month period.
The Award consists of a special lapel pin, certificate and square
knot (the old "exploring awards" knot).
The exact requirements vary from Explorer to Explorer and each and
every Explorer can participate without having to do the same things to
earn the award. This is one of the best parts of this award and makes
it as close to the Eagle Scout Badge as I and the three others that
sat down to create it could make it.
There are three areas: PERSONAL GROWTH, LEADERSHIP and POST/SHIP
For PERSONAL GROWTH, Explorers have completed a CPR, EMT or basic
First Aid and Safety course, have committed to improving a school
grade by two letters over the present (in other words, from a C to a
A), have planned and carried out a personal exercise or diet program
(one guy and three girls I know of did this to lose weight) over a
six month period of time, one person learned how to use the VAX
computer at a college campus, another person worked with a college
administrator to learn what their job is like, there are lots of
Explorers that have done reading programs with younger kids, either in
school or after school......anything that develops the person in areas
NOT RELATED to the emphasis of the Post or Ship.
For LEADERSHIP, in addition to serving as a leader in a Explorer Post
or Ship, Explorers have served as community leaders, as school or
college leaders (student senators), church leaders, in essence, any
way that a person can execute leadership (to include the development
and implementation of service projects to benefit a population).
Unlike the Eagle, EAA candidates can and have done projects which
benefit the local Council or the local Council's camping programs.
However, leadership as Order of the Arrow lodge members are NOT looked
favorable on, because this in many cases are extra leadership
experiences OUTSIDE the Exploring program (I personally don't have
problems with this...it's just that lots of local Councils, which
approve the applications, make a distinction between what Explorers do
and what the OA does).
For POST/SHIP ACTIVITIES, the action should involve other Explorers or
members of the community, take some time in planning and executing,
and in all other areas, be as close to a Eagle project as it can be.
There should be at least two Post or Ship projects or activities that
this person serves as "activity chair" of. Like the Eagle, the
projects MUST be approved by the Post Advisor/Ship Skipper and the
Post or Ship's Committee before starting and must be "briefed" as to
the completion and how it was done as part of the final part of the
Finally, the Explorer meets with the Post or Ship Committee (with
ideally members of the Council's Exploring Program Committee
present), and reviews the way the Explorer has completed the
requirements. They are looking for what has the Explorer gained from
their participation in the program, and in the quest to earn this
award. The completed application is signed by the Advisor or Skipper
and Committee Chair and is sent to the Council office, along
with outlines of the projects and letters of recommendation from a
neighbor or friend, a school or employer, and from a church or
The Scout Executive approves the application and sends for the award
items in time for a presentation. It takes about three weeks to get
the signed certificate and lapel pin.
The award is usually presented at a Council Exploring Planning
Conference or other gathering where youth are present. It can be
presented at the Post or Ship, but this is rare. However, there has
been developed a presentation ceremony for the Award at the Post or
Ship, like a Court of Honor for Eagle.
In 1993, only 228 Explorers nationally have had the Exploring
Acheivement Award presented to them through a local Council. The
local Council reports the numbers to the National Exploring Division
yearly on or around December of the past year. However, unlike the
Eagle, the requirement to send copies of the award application has not
been enforced, and there may have been more awards presented without
the application or numerical data sent to National.
Hope that's what you need...good luck with the new Post!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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