Extraordinary Explorer

The Exploring program delivers charcter building experiences and mentorship to youth ages 14-21, to help them achieve their full potential in both life and work. This is done by engaging and mentoring the youth in career and life-enhancing opportunities. The experiances that Exploring creates make connections between the youth and local community leaders in specific interest areas.

The upcoming Exploring Recognition Event, presented by Garner Trucking, Inc., Marathon Petroleum Co. and Reineke Family Dealerships, is March 30. This year’s keynote speaker this year is Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and it looks to be an exciting evening celebrating our local youth and recognizing their efforts in one of the state’s largest workforce development programs. The evening events will be conducted virtually through Zoom. This event recognizes youth participants, adult volunteers, and chartered organizations for their commitment to educating the future of our local workforce.

The sponsorship of this event helps provide youth with scholarship opportunities, programming, and the ability to be recognized for their accomplishments in Exploring. Our movement continues to impact youth through this pandemic. Currently, there are more than 480 registered Explorers throughout our 26 Exploring Posts. 

Black Swamp Area Council continues to provide support and a commitment to education and volunteerism as we impact the lives of young men and women across Northwest and West Central Ohio. Exploring and the youth we serve are getting a head-start on the journey to their future career.

We will be distributing the following awards at the event:

Grow The Movement – Largest percentage increase in membership

Newcomer of the Year – A New post with excellent youth and adult membership numbers, strong impact in their community, and a commitment for long term success.

Advisor of the Year – An individual that has a great attitude, excellent leadership qualities, and cares about the post and the quality of programming for Explorers

Exploring $500 Scholarship – An individual that has great attendance, participation, leadership, and needs to be pursuing additional education opportunities after high school. (college, certification, or training by a certified instructor). Needs to have a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average to apply.

Post of the Year – This award goes to an organization that demonstrates a continued commitment to educating and supporting local youth. This post should demonstrate qualities in education, membership numbers and growth, and a commitment to serving their community.

Spark Plug Award – This award is for an adult leader that embodies the spirit of Exploring. An individual that sees the importance career education has upon local youth and has the character and spark to get up and inspire youth.

On-Duty Award – This award is designated for Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS posts. The post must show quality attendance, strong youth and adult membership, post viability, and showcase their public service to their community.

You can register or sponsor the event online by clicking here 2021 Exploring Recognition Event Registration (blackswampbsa.org) or at www.blackswampbsa.org/event/2779960


To learn more about the Exploring program, contact Colin Earl at colin.earl@scouting.org.