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In 1985, 15-year-old Sheryl Ann Horak joined Bettendorf Police Department Explorer Post No. 9611 in Iowa. She participated
in a wide range of post activities over the next two years, rising to the rank of lieutenant. On April 25, 1987, while
participating in a post activity, Sheryl was shot and killed by a deranged individual. On August 14, 1987, a fund was
created by Lt. Kim Adamson of the West Valley City, Utah, police department to memorialize Sheryl's contribution to law
enforcement Explorers and to honor her goal to serve as a law enforcement professional. The Sheryl A. Horak Memorial
Endowment was instituted to provide scholarship opportunities to law enforcement Explorers who demonstrate superior
potential as career law enforcement executives.
he requirements to be an Explorer Scout include the following: * Must have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday. * Each applicant must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0. * The applicant must not have any arrest or conviction records for serious offenses. * The applicant must be of good moral character. Once an application is received, a background investigation will be conducted with local law enforcement and the school the applicant is attending. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, parental/guardian approval is required. Anyone requesting more information or an application should contact Sergeant J.V. Buzzo, III at (540) 853-2212.
The scouting program gives young adults the opportunity to be leaders. It gives them some skills that aren't taught by many dads anymore.
It gives kids a look at nature. It gives them a chance to be better than who they think they are.
It taught me skills that have served me to this day. Survival. Map reading. Building a fire. Finding shelter, or building it. Finding wild food. You name it, BSA began my journey of self-reliance. How can this be bad?