A ribbon medal and square knot.
The Exploring Growth Opportunity in Leadership
The Explorer Gold Award program has been developed to recognize a
significant accomplishment in a young person's life. It requires outstanding performance
in a broad spectrum of activities related to Exploring's six experience areas (career,
service, fitness, social, citizenship, and outdoor). The program was developed to
challenge and to motivate young people over a period of time. No previous recipients of
this award or the Explorer Achievement Award are eligible to receive the Explorer Gold
Candidates must submit a written petition to their post Advisor,
in which they outline their plans and ambitions for their projects
to achieve the award.
The Explorer Gold Award will be presented only to young adults
whose personal conduct is in keeping with the principles of the
Explorer Code and the Boy Scouts of America.
A) The Candidates must have been in active,
registered Explorer Post for at least 12 months before final qualification.
B) The candidate must have been an active member of
the Explorer post and served in one or a combination of leadership roles inside or outside
of Exploring, within the past 12 months with at least three months tenure (roles may be
C) The candidates must have participated in a
council, area, region, or national Explorer event.
D) Personal Growth: The candidate must plan, in
consultation with post Advisor or post committee, and complete two (2) personal growth
projects. These projects (goals) must relate to two of the six Exploring experience areas
(career, service, fitness, social, citizenship, and outdoor). Examples of these projects
are, but are not limited to, completion of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or
emergency medical technician (EMT) course, or visit a nursing home over a six (6) month
period to volunteer your services. Projects to achieve these two goals should not be
E) Post Activity Project: The candidate must plan,
prepare for, and lead to completion two (2) or more post activity projects. These must
relate to at least two of the six Exploring experience areas. The activities should
involve at least five other Explorers and should require four to six months planning from
start to finish. The goals and the project must have prior approval of the post
Advisor or a member of the post committee.
F) The candidate must be able to recite the Explorer
G) The candidate must submit three (3) letters of
recommendation that confirm he or she lives in accordance with the principles of the
Explorer Code. The letters should come from adults outside the post, such as school or
church leaders, employers, or community leaders.
H) The candidate must have qualified for the Gold
Award before his or her 21st birthday.
I) After completion of all other requirements, the
candidate should prepare a statement of (200 words or less) their experiences as they
relate to the six experience areas of Exploring, and an appraisal of how the pursuit of
the Explorer Gold award aided in his/her development as a young adult and helped him/her
to live in accordance with the principles of the Explorer Code. The Awards and Scholarship
Committee will review the candidate's written presentation and interview the candidate to
determine whether that person grew as a result of the pursuit of the Gold Award.
Exploring Leadership Award
Presented by councils,
areas/regions, and national to Explorers and adults who have made
exceptional contributions to Exploring and who exemplify the Explorer
- Be registered and involved in
Exploring as an Explorer or an adult for at least one year.
- Hold a leadership position or
office on the unit, district, council, area, regional or national
level (as appropriate for the level of award presented).
- Show exceptional dedication and
give outstanding leadership and service to Exploring and to Explorers
on the level appropriate for the award
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