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Senior Scouting History

1912

Sea Scouting, the first specific older boy program began.

1933

Explorer Scouts was approved by BSA.  BSA had been experimenting with a "land-based" version of Sea Scouts since the early 1920's.

1935

BSA established its Senior Scouting section, for young men 15 through 17.

1941

Air Scouts were established.  The top award was Ace.

1944

Explorer ScoutExplorer Scout Posts were established as separate units from Boy Scout Troops.  The top award was Ranger and the new uniform was Forest Green.

1949

Compass, Anchor, Wings - CAWAll the Senior Scout Programs changes their names to include Explorers:  Sea Explorers, Air Explorers and Explorers.  The new top award for Air Explorers and Explorers was changed to the Silver Award.  Sea Explorers kept Quartermaster as their top award.  The age for all Explorers was dropped to 14.

1959

ExploringThe Silver Award was dropped from Explorers but remained in Air Explorers.  All programs changed from Explorers to Exploring.

1965

Air Exploring was discontinued.

1969

Young women were permitted to become non registered associate Exploring Post members.

1971

Young women became eligible for full membership in Exploring and age was increased from 17 to 20.

1982

ExploringCareer Awareness Exploring began.  The new top award for the Exploring program was the Explorer Achievement Award.

1995

Exploring - new E in 1990The Explorer Achievement Award change names to the Exploring Growth Opportunity in Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.) Award.  The requirements for these old awards are very similar to the Venturing Gold Award requirements.

1998

VenturingThe new Venturing program was introduced.  Venturing brought back the names of previous top awards:  the Silver Award and the Ranger Award.  Career Awareness Exploring was moved to a subsidiary of the BSA called Learning for Life.

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Special Awards & Recognition

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