Rowlett explorer post one
Exploring is a youth program chartered through Boy Scouts of America's Learning for life organization. The goal is to allow career education for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. Exploring provides real life experience to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults
The purpose of the Rowlett Explorer Program (Post) is to provide young adults with an opportunity to experience the emergency services field and develop their interpersonal, leadership and organizational skills while providing a community service. While the post does all this and more, the true value to being an Explorer in Rowlett is a sense of community. The youth of Post One continue to evolve and expand what it means to serve others and to be part of our community.
What We Do
Post One was established in 2007 as a Rowlett Citizens Corps Council program and has grown steadily since. All the members are trained in FEMA’s G317 course which is the Community Emergency Response Team basic training. After initial training they are invited to participate right along with their adult counterparts in Rowlett CERT. Adult leaders are referred to as Advisors and are always present whenever the youth are involved in any activity. Post One has been activated several times including the EF4 tornado that struck Rowlett and the search for missing firefighter Michael Chambers.
The training for Explorers is ongoing and thorough. The Post meets weekly and training is a common theme. The Explorers are proficient in First Aid, CPR/AED, Stop the Bleed and Until Help Arrives. Other training includes Search and Rescue, Maps and Orienteering, Disaster Preparedness, Storm Watching, Aircraft Operations, Radio Communications, National Incident Management, Animals in Disaster, Canoe/Kayak operation, Climbing, Rappelling as well as Fire and EMS Operations.
Explorer Post One regularly competes against other posts and has won awards at McKinney CERT Olympics, Harris County CERT Rodeo, Circle Ten Exploring Fire Games, City of Burnet Fire Games and has received Letters of Proclamation from the City of Rowlett.
Explorer Post One develops a culture of leadership, service to others and a commitment to community involvement. We participate or host many events like preparedness education, fire extinguisher training, smoke alarm blitzes, recycling drives, merit badge seminars and first aid training. Each year the post donates thousands of hours in volunteer service back to the community. Several of the events include Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Venturing Rendezvous, Rowlett Chamber of Commerce’s 5k runs and more.
Fire and EMS Training
For those members interested in a career in Fire or Emergency Medical Service, Post One offers the ability to train at a Fire Station right along with the outstanding men and women of Rowlett Fire/Rescue and EMS. Here they learn what it means to be a firefighter or paramedic. Once trained they can ride out on the Engine or Ambulance.
Camping requires you to rely on yourself and your companions to meet your basic needs–purify water, build a fire, survive the elements, be alone with your thoughts. But these are more than just survival skills; these abilities give you confidence and self-worth that carries over into all other aspects of your life. Post One goes camping regularly and has done trips to several State parks, Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and every year undertakes a week long canoeing trip down the Current River in Missouri.
Post members work hard and sometimes you just need to go have some fun. We’ve done lockins, bowling, movies, archery, lazer tag, climbing, rappelling, indoor sky diving, horseback riding and more. Post One does a lot of team building and social development with several members becoming longstanding friends.
Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.