Explorer GOLD Award Requirements
Growth Opportunities in Leadership Development for Explorers
Adapted from BSA Publication No. 23-877, 1995 printing
The Gold Award is available to all Explorer members of the
Boy Scouts of America.
The purpose of the Gold Award program is to:
Recognize achievement by young adults.
Encourage personal growth through exposure to activities related to the
six experience areas of Exploring.
Offer challenging and stimulating opportunities for young adults to develop
and achieve personal goals in citizenship, character development, and personal
Provide a favorable image of Exploring among youth, parents, schools, and
Explorers should have the opportunity to work toward tangible, challenging
goals, and to be recognized for their efforts.
The Gold Award program has been developed to recognize a significant
accomplishment in a young person's life; it requires outstanding performance
in a broad spectrum of activities related to Exploring's six experience
areas (career, service, fitness, social, leadership, and outdoor). The
program was developed to challenge at to motivate young people over an
extended period of time.
Candidates for the Gold Award must submit a written petition to their post
Advisor/Skipper, in which they should outline their plans and ambitions
for their projects to achieve the award. Advisors/Skippers are encouraged
to have a conference with each candidate to ensure that the Explorer has
developed a well-conceived plan, and that he or she has specific goals
The program is designed to challenge young men and young women with
interests that cover a wide variety of Exploring activities. Several requirements
must be met to qualify for the Gold Award; the requirements are listed
The Gold Award will be presented only to young adults whose personal
conduct is in keeping with the principles of the Explorer Code and the
Boy Scouts of America.
The Gold Award program is designed to permit adaptation of certain phases
of the program so that all Explorers may work for and achieve the
award. In order to offer a challenge to youth, and in the interest of maintaining
a standard of qualification, minimum requirements have been established
that must be met before the Gold Award can be presented to an Explorer.
These requirements are:
The candidate must have been an active, registered Explorer for at least
12 months tenure before final qualification.
The candidate must have been an active member of the Explorer post, and
served in one or a combination of leadership roles within the past
12 months (roles may be concurrent) as follows.
For leadership roles within the post, a candidate might be:
An Explorer post officer.
An Explorer officers' association member or committee member.
An activities chairman for one of the post's two-day activities or superactivity.
For leadership roles outside the post, a candidate might be:
An elected youth officer of a church or school organization.
An elected or appointed team leader.
The candidate must have participated in a district/Exploring division,
council, area, region, or national Explorer event.
The candidate must, in consultation with the post Advisor or a member of
the post committee, set one personal growth goal related to each
of the six experience areas of Exploring, in which the Explorer certifies
completion of the goals.
For personal growth, a candidate might
Complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course, or an Emergency
Medical Technician (EMT) course.
Plan and carry out a personal exercise program over a 4-month period. i.e.,
jogging, running, swimming, weight reduction, or physical conditioning.
Practice for, and attain, the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
Complete a reading program of the scriptures, classical literature, historical
Serve for six months as a reading counselor for a child with reading problems.
Visit a nursing home, on a regular basis, over a 4-month period, to help
write letters or to read to patients or provide personalized services.
The candidate must plan, prepare for, and lead to completion two or more
post activity projects that relate to at least two of the six
experience areas; suggested post activity projects are listed separately
For post/ship activities, the action should involve at least five
Explorers, and it should require a minimum of 4 to 6 months from inception
to completion; the project should be approved and the goals of the project
set by the post Advisor and/or a member of the post committee and the Explorer
candidate. Both parties should certify the completion of the projects(s).
Activities should be arranged to fit into normal post programming. Qualifying
post/ship activities include, but are not limited to the following:
Plan and, with the help of at least four other Explorers, carry out a conservation
project that is approved by an agency of the federal, state, or local government,
such as the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior, the
Bureau of Land Management, state division of parks and recreation, city
or county parks department, etc.
Plan and chair a committee that stages a major social activity involving
all members of a post, post members and their parents, or post members
and their entire families.
Plan and carry out a series of post activities over a 4- to 6-month period,
related to careers of interest to post members. Professional or volunteer
consultants could be asked to present information regarding their specialty,
profession, or occupation.
Help organize a new Explorer post, or revitalize an inactive Explorer post;
coordinate activity with BSA local council staff members.
Organize a recruitment drive to add members to your own post or to other
posts in the district/council. The drive should last at least 1 month,
and the recruitment plan should include specific activities oriented toward
recruiting new members, goals, methods of publicity, etc.
The candidate must be able to recite the Explorer Code.
The candidate must submit three letters of recommendation to the
post Advisor that confirms he or she lives in accordance with the principles
of the Explorer Code. The letters should come from adults outside the post,
such as school or church leaders, employers, or community leaders.
After completing all other requirements, the candidate should prepare evidence
of completion of the work and submit it to the post Advisor/Skipper. The
post president/boatswain, in conjunction with the post Advisor/Skipper,
should then appoint a review committee of four to six people including
Explorers and adults. The committee should review the candidate's written
presentation and interview the candidate to determine whether that
person grew as a result of the pursuit of the Gold Award.
Finally, the candidate must have qualified for the Gold Award before his
or her 21st birthday.
Suggested Qualifying Activities
Because of the designed, flexible nature of the program, post Advisors
and post committee members are permitted a reasonable degree of latitude
in approving activities that serve to meet the qualifying requirements
for the Gold Award in the areas of leadership, personal growth, and post
activity projects. Likewise, post Advisors, post committee members, and
Explorers are encouraged to seek out additional appropriate activities,
bearing in mind the purpose of the Gold Award program.
NOTE: The Gold Award is recognized nationally; however, the
program is administered and approved, and recognition is made, at the local