I propose that we create a Scout: Explorer Of The Year Award.
I propose the following:
Entries should adhere to the following two Explorer Badge requirements:
1. Plan, conduct and evaluate three expeditions of increasing challenge.
2. Explain risk management for these trips, including safety precautions necessary.
The first requirement serves to inspire and the second serves to educate.
The rest of the requirements are unique to this award.
Scout Troops are eligible to submit their electronic package(s) (including text, photographs and/or videos) outlining three expeditions undertaken by their Troop within one scouting year (e.g., September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013).
Entries must be submitted by October 15 of the Scout year immediately following the year in which the expeditions were conducted (i.e., 45 days after year end) and the award will be judged promptly and the winners announced on November 30 of the same year (i.e., 90 days after year end). The mechanics of submitting entries and judging and voting will be determined later.
For this award, the three expeditions must be related to each other. Each must build off of its predecessor. For example: the first can be a training exercise to expose new Scouts to the activity (e.g., the first backpacking trip or the first winter camp or the first canoe trip, etc.). The second expedition can be an extended journey pushing the limits of the endeavour allowing the Troop to become further conditioned and experienced at the activity and the tools used in the activity. The third expedition should be the fulfillment of the purpose of the endeavour (e.g., summiting a peak, reaching the headwater or mouth of a river, circumnavigating a geologic land or water feature, etc.)
Expeditions must be lightweight, self-propelled journeys in a wilderness setting of at least 5 kms. The first must be a minimum of one night, the second must be a minimum of two nights and the third must be a minimum of three nights.
Each of the three expeditions must be of progressively increasing challenge as a consequence of: distance, elevation, terrain, season or technical difficulty (or any other factor that might contribute to each successive expedition being somehow more challenging in addition to the increase of nights required).
While the participants in each expedition do not have to be the same, consistency in team participation should be a factor in the judging of the award.
Keep in mind also, the definition of the word "expedition":
"an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration."
The three expeditions must share a common purpose and each must bring the members progressively closer to the achievement of that purpose.
Submitted for your consideration......
Note: In the badge above, Polaris indicates true north and the compass rose indicates magnetic north.
Expeditions are a place of learning. They are about diving into a place you’ve never been,
and learning how to experience the world through your surroundings.
Without mystery, there is no adventure.
-- Mike Libecki