i just recently took over our dept. cadet program which is for kids ages 14-18 and only has 3 people in it as of right now. i am just wondering what is the difference between a cadet program and an explorer program. if anyone has any traing ideas or anything please feel free to let me know.

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For all practical purposes the difference is who is insuring the kids. Typically Explorers are through the Learning for Life through the Boy Scouts. Cadets are typically backed by the hosting department. The other difference is cadet programs are more in place to show the job to potential members of the dept...whereas after doing a cadet period the person becomes a member of a dept. Explorers were set up to give an idea and show the job to teenagers to "explore" the job to see if it is a potential career they may want to go into.

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