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Explorers are the oldest group of the Boy Scouts of America and are career oriented. In the early 1960s Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department wanted to start a fire and rescue post, it was then that Spencer Hill approached Howard George to ask if he would be a Post Advisor. Mr. George consented; however, he was not a member of the station, so in the fall of 1964, Howard then joined the station and Explorer Post 440 was chartered in December 1964 with Howard George as its Advisor.  Charter members of the post were Bob Branum, Russell Cupp, Bobby Hill, Jimmy Hatstat, Robby Koelling, and Tommy Winder.


All Post 440 Explorers were trained and certified in American Red Cross Advanced First Aid, taking classes taught by Mr. George. The Post would go to Boy Scout camporees and provide first aid for the event. Trained Explorers were allowed to tend to minor injuries at the camporees with Advisors supervising.

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In 1970 Exploring was opened to females, where Lynn Jodin became the first female in Post 440. The Post now being coed, had to have a female chaperone, so Kathy George was added as an Associate Advisor.


Explorer Post 440 was chartered for twenty-two years - at the time Howard George died in March 1987, it was the oldest Explorer Post in the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America. During his 22 years with the Post, Mr. George received many honors, including the Silver Beaver - the highest Boy Scout award given to a volunteer.

Explorer Post: Welcome
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