Building a Better Tomorrow, Today

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Building a Better Tomorrow Today is the Explorer Motto.  Rowlett's Explorer Post One does just that.

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 years of age.  Exploring provides real life experience to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.  Many of our youth (Explorers) have gone onto pursue careers in public service positions, filling roles as EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters.    

Rowlett's Explorer Post One is open to any teenager that wants to learn more about Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Services, Radio Communications, Search and Rescue, Fire Services and Emergency Medical Response or is just looking for some way to seek new experiences, volunteer or give back to their community.  Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or citizenship is not criteria for participation. Adults involved with the Post are selected by the Rowlett Citizen Corps Council and then must undergo criminal background checks with both the City of Rowlett and the Boy Scouts of America before they are allowed to join.  To ensure the safety of our youth, they must also take additional Youth Protection Training every two years.

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.     

The training for Explorers is ongoing and thorough.  The Post meets weekly and training is a common theme.  Many of the Explorers and several of the Advisors are certified in First Aid and CPR/AED by the American Heart Association.  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.

For those members interested in a career in Fire 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.

Being part of the Boy Scouts of America also allows the Post to use any Boy Scout facility.  There the Explorers can indulge in a variety of activities including camping, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, canoeing, rock or tower climbing, rifle or shotgun shooting as well as swimming or other aquatic activities.

In June 2008, members of the Explorer Post were first on scene of an accidental chlorine discharge at the Wet Zone.  Upon noticing citizens with symptoms running out of the facility, Explorers immediately began to utilize their medical triage training to control the situation until first responders arrived.  The group received high accolades from responding fire rescue personnel who continued to use the Explorers to contain the situation while they attended to over 50 potential patients.  The ability of the Explorers to remain calm, think quickly and act professionally is a true testament to their training, character and desire to help their community in emergencies.

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 trainings, smoke alarm blitzes, recycling drives, merit badge seminars and first aid trainings.  In 2013 our members donated 3,622 hours back to the community.  In 2014 that number increased to 3,973 hours and in 2015 post members served over 4,500 hours.   Youth members have won awards at McKinney CERT Olympics, Harris County CERT Rodeo, Circle Ten Exploring Fire Games and has received a Letter of Proclamation from the City of Rowlett. 

December of 2015, Rowlett experienced an unprecedented EF4 Tornado the day after Christmas.  It tore through the eastern half of our city and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and left thousands without power or basic necessities.  The need for community and helping neighbors has 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 their friends and neighbors through the crisis.  They assisted with damage assessments, distributed badly needed information and handed out needed recovery supplies like water, gloves, tarps and other supplies.  Our members exemplified what it means to come together as a community and to help others without question.  

This youth led group continues to grow in size, scope and function.  Its members enjoy the experiences and education it brings and the program offers a fun and safe environment for Rowlett’s teenagers to explore new horizons.



The post is led by youth members elected by their peers.  The youth leadership positions include Commander, Deputy Commander, Trainer, Scribe, Quartermaster and Youth Representative to the Rowlett Citizen Corps Council Board of Directors.

The Director of the program is Scott Hart.  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 Boy Scouts of America.  In 2015, he was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing 4,000 or more volunteer hours in a lifetime.  In 2016, he earned the William H. Spurgeon III Award.  The Spurgeon Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.



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"Joining Explorer Post One has opened lots of opportunities for me"

Max W.


"Explorers has made me a better person.  It has taught me how to be successful in the future"

Katy R.


"It's the best decision I've ever made"

Alex H.


 "Explorers is so much fun!  

It's definitely worth my time."

Bianca W.

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