Explorer Post 218

Aviation Exploring is a youth-led organization that allows youth between the ages of 14-21 the opportunity to pursue any interest in aviation or aerospace. Whether they are interested in modeling, becoming a pilot or a mechanic, planning a career in aviation or aerospace or are just "plane" interested, they are provided guidance, mentorship and hands-on opportunities to further investigate their interest, as well as to be around like-minded teens.

EAA Chapter 838 is proud and lucky to be the sponsors of Explorer Post 218. This hearty group of souls learn about aviation and share their knowledge with those younger than them who are also interested. The Explorers are an affiliate of the larger Scouting Organization, and are a part of the Three Rivers Council.

Our Explorers meet twice monthly, as well as for special events, regular activities and Airventure. Meetings are held in the evenings, and these days can be accessed remotely as well as in-person. The use of remote access has allowed our Explorers to broaden their geographical horizons by events such as having a conversation with a WWII Veteran hundreds of miles away. 

The event towards which our Explorers aim each year is to camp out at the Explorer Base at Airventure; each Explorer must participate in a specific number of activities or projects during the year, or attend a certain number of gatherings in order to earn the opportunity to attend Airventure as an Explorer. While there, each youth will "work" one or more shifts per day doing such things as directing airplanes off taxiways, directing pedestrian traffic away from active taxiways or other vital jobs. The rest of the time, these youth can spend their time enjoying the shows and educational forums. 

During the rest of the year, Explorers have the opportunity to investigate different facets of aviation and aerospace through activities such as: Coast  Guard Tour; Crop Dusting Tour; Milwaukee Air Operations Tour; United Operations at Chicago O'hare Airport; TBM Avenger Show in Peru, IL

As well as helping Chapter 838 at some of their regular activities by Teaching Ground School at Young Eagles Rallies; Attending Chapter Picnics; participating in Monday Night Builder Sessions; enjoying the annual Mini Golf competition with "older" Chapter members.

Members of Post 218 Aviation Explorers are provided a complimentary membership to EAA Chapter 838.

Many of our Explorers "graduate" to careers in the Air Force or other aviation careers. They normally meet on the second and fourth Thursday each month at 7:00 p.m. at the EAA Chapter 838 classroom. For more information, or to become an Explorer, please contact us at [email protected]