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Be Prepared : Learning For Life

Within the Boy Scouts of America is a little known professional branch, in which organizations, and businesses, as well as Government entities can sponsor youth to learn their programs.


The Explorer Program.


This is similar to an unpaid internship for youth between 14 to 21, co-ed, and it is run by the Charter Organization (business, corporation, Police Department, Fire Department, ROTC, any Government entity) through their policies, procedures, and protocols and in tandem with the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.


With a more hand-on approach by the Chartered Organization, and a more hands-off by the B.S.A.




There are 12 different branches available.


8 of those branches deal specifically with areas that F.E.M.A. has as related topics.


I am writing this with no endorsement from the Boy Scouts of America, nor any from the Learning For Life program (Explorer's run on LFL program), but as a prior youth under the Police Explorer program.


Today I am an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America as a volunteer.


I believe the Explorer Program can help America to "Be Prepared" in a professional manner, when our citizens need it most, through disaster preparedness.

Submitted by in Jan 2012

Comments (9)

  1. Great idea!
    in Jan 2012
    1. spartan_dh Idea Submitter

      Thank you but I cannot take credit for it.

      Individually, I have been trying to promote the Explorer Program.

      As a youth I never knew it was a branch of the Boy Scouts.

      The Police Department never promoted its ties to the B.S.A.

      But to me now it was like a junior Police Officer training then.

      We learned 10-Codes, learned policies, procedures, and protocols.

      As well, we did road guard for parades, security for events.

      Dressed as Police Officers, in slight variation of their uniform.

      Wore duty-belts, carried radios, and had badges, no guns though.

      So as to not be mistaken for Police Officers.

      The Public Relations Officer was in charge of us during events.
      in Jan 2012
  2. The BSA is a great organization...problem lies in their compliance with Title VII

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Title VII prohibits employment discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. Title VII prohibits:

    Limiting, segregating, or classifying employees or applicants for employment in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive them of employment opportunities or have an adverse effect on their status as employees.
    Harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
    Retaliation against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices.
    Employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
    in Jan 2012
    1. spartan_dh Idea Submitter

      Two things I need to point out here.

      1) The Boy Scouts of America is chartered by Congress.

      Talking about being employed, when it comes to Boy Scouts is an aside.

      Unless you're specifically speaking of paid positions you're off point.

      It is a volunteer organization run by very, very few paid people.

      The majority of those people within it are unpaid so it doesn't fit.

      2) This post was originated about the Explorer Program.

      Now I know much more detail about how this works.

      I suggest you do some research for yourself.

      I will however quote one sentence in my original post.

      "This is similar to an unpaid internship for youth between 14 to 21..."

      Unpaid, again, volunteer and not employment.

      I will quote one more sentence from my original post as well.

      "With a more hands-on approach by the Chartered Organization, and a more hands-off by the B.S.A."

      The Chartered Organization, in this instance, speaking about the Explorer Program, please remember that is separate, but attached to B.S.A., runs their post (they are called Explorer Post's) as they see fit.

      Using the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America.

      Think of it as being like a McDonalds franchise and you get it.

      The hands-on comment from above was about the Chartered Organization.

      They have their policies, procedures, and protocol to follow.

      As far as I know, the majority of Law Enforcement, Fire Department, and or any other Federal, state, county, and or city agency have open enough policies, procedures, and protocols that negate your comment about Title VII completely about discriminatory practices.

      They have to due to tight restrictions against what you suggest.

      The Boy Scouts of America does not control who the Chartered Organization decides to hire, after having been an Explorer as a youth, through volunteering, nor do they control who the post accepts and or denies entry into becoming an Explorer and or later hires.

      Background checks are done on all applications.

      The nice thing about the Explorer Program is it sidesteps most issues anyone have with the Boy Scouts of America, and puts the onus of these disagreements upon the Chartered Organization.

      Gays and lesbians, because this is your argument, are not discriminated against when it comes to the Explorer Program.

      Due to the nature of the Explorer Program being co-ed, both male and female, the rules are a little different when it comes to the application process also due to the United States Constitution.

      Separation of Church and State.

      Unlike the B.S.A. application the Explorer application does not ask you to tick off a belief in God, nor do churches have anything to do with Explorer post's.

      I suggest you do your own research and read through the link I provided.

      As well please ask more questions if you have them.

      As a side comment, having been an adult volunteer now since 2006, sexual orientation has nothing to do with the Boy Scouts of America, no one has ever asked my sexual orientation, and this is not the military so "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" do not fit this area either.

      Neither have I heard one person ever ask anyone their sexual orientation.

      I cannot speak for anyone else other than myself but to say I am professional.

      In all regards to work and as well my volunteer time.

      I just wish all people were.
      in Jan 2012
  3. Spartan,

    While I agree and support the BSA and their activities, here is the issue right from the BSA National Council

    in Jan 2012
    1. spartan_dh Idea Submitter

      As I referenced previously the Explorer Program is separate.

      I believe you're missing the fact that I have already addressed this, in length no less, about the Explorer Program being done by Government and other professional organizations.

      If you had looked through the original link supplied you might understand.

      From the Learning For Life website, Explorer Program mission :

      “To develop and deliver engaging, research based academic, character, leadership and career focused programs aligned to state and national standards that guide and enable all students to achieve their full potential.”


      Nothing you have stated has anything to do with this topic.

      Except that the Boy Scouts and Explorer Program are connected yet separate.

      This means they are capable of interacting yet they have different values.

      The issue your discussing was negated when the BSA was sued by the ACLU, and Boy Scouts dropped the Explorer Program directly from its process, and the Learning For Life organization was opened, and all concerns about discrimination were negated due to an entirely different process and the program was re-written completely.

      Please, read everything, and have a better understanding.

      Before replying again because again "duty to God" is BSA.

      And not the Explorer Program.
      in Jan 2012
  4. As a previous member of an Explorer Post and as an adult volunteer for my sons Boy Scout Troop, I couldn't agree more with the intitial concept of this post.

    Exploring is a great way for a young person to learn about different career paths. I was in a law enforcement post and like you said, learned a lot about what being a police officer would be like. In my city there were also hospital and veterinary posts. I wish Emergency Management would have been an option at that time.

    To creativeogre:

    Stick to the topic at hand....the benefits of the Explorer/Learn for Life organization that allows young people the chance to "explore" career options and to develop leadership skills. Youth who are involved in a program regarding Emergency Management would be a great resource for this countries future.
    in Feb 2012
    1. spartan_dh Idea Submitter

      Thank you very much for your comments through this post.

      Not enough people, whether F.E.M.A., or any other organization know enough about this organization, and they are losing out on it.

      Locally, we have a Police Explorer post, a Fire Post, and an R.O.T.C. post.

      Exploring can be a major expansion for many organizations.
      in Feb 2012
  5. Once upon a time, many many years ago, I too was in the Explorer Program. In fact, I was the first female to be in the Explorer Program in our state. Small details.
    The program was very new and certainly had bumps to work out. I never felt discriminated against. We were a medical explorer unit attached to a hospital working in the ER and another floor. Many of us went on to work in medical fields from that experience.

    Our jurisdiction has just decided that we are going to offer TEEN CERT and TEEN MRC to our locale school districts as part of their curriculm and have an after school "disaster club". All of the above will need to be align with an organization that can assist in liability coverage for persons under the age of 18. The BSA Explorer program has offered to do that for these groups. And incidentally, I have a 30 years pin for the Girl Scouts. I can not say enough good things for all of the scouting programs who have helped shape so many of our nations leaders.
    in Feb 2012

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