December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter


Congratulations are in order for this year's recipient of the William H. Spurgeon III Award, Scott Hart from Rowlett CERT Post 1. This award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.

Here is an excerpt from his bio: 

       Scott is seated on the Rowlett Citizens Corp Council Board of Directors and volunteers with a number of organizations, including the Rowlett Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T), Rowlett Fire Corp, American Red Cross, and last but not least, both Boy Scouts and Exploring. Scott has been an avid scouter for many years. He is an assistant scoutmaster, as well as the climbing, shooting and first aid instructor for Troop 646. He is Wood Badge trained and has been instrumental in helping many scouts, including his son, achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2015, he was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing 4,000 or more volunteer hours in a lifetime.  

     In 2007, Rowlett C.E.R.T. started Explorer Post One as a way for their youth members to volunteer and give back to the community. Post One is dedicated to Emergency Management and Disaster Response. Members are trained in emergency preparedness, emergency first-aid, search and rescue, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and incident command. [...] While many of the youth have gone on to pursue careers in public service as EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters, the biggest impact on the community is the servant leadership and youth involvement that the Post provides. Post One participates or hosts many events like fire extinguisher trainings, smoke alarm blitzes, recycling drives, Merit Badge seminars, and first aid trainings. In 2013, members donated 3,622 hours back to the community and in 2014 that increased to 3,973 hours. 

     In 2015, Rowlett experienced an unprecedented EF-4 tornado the day after Christmas.  The storm tore through the eastern half of the city and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes, leaving hundreds of residents displaced or without power. The need for community and helping neighbors had never been stronger, and Rowlett Explorers were ready to meet the need. Even though many had been personally affected by the storm, they were still there to help get others through the crisis. [...] As a result of their involvement in the disaster, the Post contributed over 4,500 hours to the community for the year. Rowlett C.E.R.T and Explorer Post One received a City of Rowlett Proclamation for their help in the aftermath of the disaster.


A big thanks goes out to the Explorers of Skyline Aeronatics Post 93 who volunteered their time helping children with special needs at Challenge Air for Kids and Friends Fly Out at Dallas Executive Airport  on Nov. 12. 

"Challenge Air was created to change the perception of children with special needs through the gift flight. Since 1993, we have been committed to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. With a network of 3,500 volunteers nationwide, we continue to grow through events called Fly Days.

By eliminating the belief that they are limited, the children can grow to their full potential. They are given the opportunity to find courage within themselves and build in areas where they lack self-esteem. Challenge Air provides an unforgettable growing experience that opens the door to possibilities while allowing the children to see if they can fly a plane they can do anything." 

Check out a video of their experience:

Their career cluster was also featured on CBS 11. Exploring is happy to partner with and enhance such a great program! Check it out:



  • Dec. 31 - Exploring Renewals (also referred to as recharters) are due 
  • Dec. 6 - Come turn in your renewal or come get extra help on your renewal between 5 and 7 pm at the council office - 8605 Harry Hines Blvd. 

       * Contact to RSVP for the Dec. 6 event *



Welcome to the newest post - Faulkner Design Post 3232

Representatives from Faulker Design Group - an interior design firm in Dallas - are partnering with the students of the Interior Design program at Macarthur High School. Members of the firm will meet with students once a month to help them see what a career in interior design is really like. 


Exploring Training for Advisors at University of Scouting

Two class topics will be offered with sessions in the morning or the afternoon!

Topic 1: Building Youth Leaders Through Exploring: Learn how to facilitate a truly youth-led Exploring post. Fundamentals and best practices will be presented as well as opportunities for leadership development outside your post.

Topic 2: Expanding your Program of Activities for Exploring: Feel like you always do the same activities year after year? Come learn about local resources, planning and budgeting with your Explorers, national program opportunities, and much more!

See class times and register here:


BSA Winterfest is Coming Up!

Feb. 10-12, 2017 in Gatlinburg, TN

From the site: "We’re back with another fun-filled weekend.  Winterfest 2017 will be the biggest, most exciting event in its 43-year history!  Events cover a wide area of interests and all youth are sure to find multiple activities they will enjoy."

Fire Exploring Promo Video:

Law Enforcement Promo Video:








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