Exploring History

Exploring began as a senior program in early Boy Scout troops. These older boys carried out high adventures and service projects, and gave leadership to young scouts. In 1912, Sea Scouting was founded for older Scouts and flourished as a program based on the tradition of the sea.

In 1935, senior Scouts were called Explorers for the first time, and many were organized in separate Explorer crews in troops, using a senior Scout program.

In 1938, Mr. Waite Phillips, a Tulsa oil man, gave Boy Scouts of America 35,875 acres of northeast New Mexico, which became the Philmont Scout Ranch and Explorer Base.

In May of 1949, the national BSA Executive Board revised senior scouting to recognize as Explorers all young men in posts, Sea Scout ships, Air Squadrons, and all Boy Scouts over age 14 in troops.

In 1954, the national BSA Executive Board and the University of Michigan made a national study that revealed the needs, desires, and concerns of boys 14 to 16. As a result, a completely new Explorer program was developed and put into effect January 1, 1959. This new program included activities, methods, and recognition’s that were similar to, but separate from the Boy Scout program.

After almost ten years of limited progress, a study was made of the special-interest posts being organized. The study indicated that 83% of youth surveyed wanted more information on careers than they were getting at home or in school, and 94% wanted adult associations. Coed participation, sports, and adult-life recognition were founded necessary to attract young adults to Exploring.

The opportunity to join posts that specialize in careers or recreational programs attracted large numbers of young adults to Exploring. Exploring locally and nationally became a separate division of Boy Scouts of America designed to serve young men who had dropped out or never were Boy Scouts. In April 1971, young women became eligible for full membership in Exploring, and the upper age limit in Exploring was increased to age 21. With these new methods came a series of national activities designed and conducted to strengthen the local posts.

By 1981, the rapid growth of Exploring led to the development of national specialty programs in aviation, business, science and engineering, fire and rescue, law enforcement, health careers, outdoor, sea exploring, sports, career education, arts, skilled trades, social services and communications.

Today, Exploring continues to grow right here in our community. The Macedonia Fire Department Post 22 has a membership of 12 students from around the Nordonia Hills area. The Explorers will be taking a semi-active role in all that we do as firefighters, and are looking forward to helping their community.

If you are a young man or woman between the ages of 14 and 20, and you are interested in finding out more about our Exploring post please call us at (330)468-8335 or email pcelinski@macedonia.oh.us