When we launched our family on ‘the ultimate adventure’, our oldest had just crossed over from a Tiger to a Wolf Cub. Giving up scouts was one of the many things we would miss as a result of our lifestyle choice and a notion of regret comes up in conversation regularly.
How About We Have Our Own Scout Program?
And then one day, Dominick was wearing his old Tiger Cub cap and turned to me and I could see the glow of a lightbulb coming straight through the mesh… “Hey Mom, why don’t we have our own scouting program for FtF kids?”
My mind raced… the potential was unlimited! RV Maintenance Badge, Roadschool Badge, Navigator Badge, Fire Safety, Water Safety… My brain wouldn’t stop spitting out potential badge earning opportunities!
I cornered FtF Moms Kelly Savory and Laura Hamilton and spilled out all the disjointed ideas and together we created this amazing program!
We took the best parts of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Guides and then took out the tedious parts, like the need to have different siblings in different programs, uniforms and neckerchiefs. Oh, and we made sure the actual elements would literally fit into our lifestyle and not be too heavy or cumbersome.
Introducing the Fulltime Families Explorer Program
The FtF Explorer Program is a family centered program intended to support leadership, creativity, and community centered activities for boys and girls. The suggested age range is from 5 to16 years old.
The FtF Explorer Motto is: Seek, Learn, Share
The FtF Explorer Mission is: To foster strong family values, leadership, creativity, safety awareness, community spirit and individual exploration.
This is a family centered program, and Explorers are encouraged to work with their siblings in the program toward achieving common goals.
The four levels are:
Year 1 Star Gazer
Year 2 Pioneer
Year 3 Path Finder
Year 4 Trail Blazer
FtF Explorers will have the opportunity to earn up to 36 badges a year. In order move on to the next level of participation an Explorer must earn a minimum of 24 of the 36 badges in the course of one year.
The Star Gazer Level Badges are:
- RV Maintenance Badge
- Pet Caretaker Badge
- Culinary Badge
- Field Trip/ Picnic Planner Badge
- Handy Helper Badge
- Road Scholarship Badge
- Curriculum Planning Badge
- Mighty Readers Badge
- History Detective Badge
- Water Safety Badge
- Fire Safety Badge
- Crafters Badge
- Fitness Badge
- Good sportsmanship Badge
- Entrepreneurial Badge
- Showmanship Badge
- Explore with Rambler
- Astrology Badge
- Geology Badge
- Pot Luck Badge
- FTF Participation Event participation Badge
- Good Campground Citizen Badge
- Elderly Appreciation Badge
- Community Building Badge
- Mighty Readers Badge
- Year of Community Badges (12)
- FtF Book Club Badge
- Flash Badges
An Opportunity To Be a Part of Something
Along with building strong bonds and skills, the FtF Explorer Program is the opportunity for your children to be a part of something on a regular basis. Scouts will interact regularly with each other and the Expedition Leader in our secure group. Monthly community building badge opportunities will foster a connection between scouts otherwise separated by thousands of miles.
All subsequent FtF Formal Functions will incorporate the FtF Explorer Program with Advancement Ceremonies and Explorer dedicated group events.
Embark on your Journey of Exploration
This program is open to all current members of Fulltime Families (Annual, Charter, Lifetime) in good standing. Not an FtF Member yet? No problem, you can join here and start participating in this program today.
For $2 a month (or less), your child can embark on an amazing adventure with fellow FtF kids. This cost includes the Official FtF Explorer Lanyard, downloadable handbook, monthly delivery of their earned to-date badges, progress reports and one-on-one encouragement from our Explorer Leadership Team.
Note: This is a Perpetual Program, so you can join in anytime. Those Explorers who have completed the requirements of their level by the next FtF Annual Rally (Feb. 2016) will be able to participate in the Advancement Ceremony.
To enlist your child, complete the following Paypal transaction (please adjust the quantity field in the paypal form to enlist multiple Explorers) . After we receive you’re application, our Expedition Leader, Laura Hamilton, will contact you directly so your child’s Journey of Exploration can commence!