When it first started, it was unclear the direction of the program. Little data exists on early standalone units for Explorer Scouts.
The only manual for adult leaders was the generic Hints for Senior Scout Leadership.
Why nothing equivalent to a Scoutmaster Handbook was produced is unknown.
, going as far back as 1922, Explorer Scouts was approved by the National Committee in 1933 and became one part of the Senior Scout program in 1935.
It was in many ways a kind of 'land based', high adventure/advanced camping version of Sea Scouts.
It gave detailed information on advanced camping and high adventure activities, as well as requirements for Senior Scout Titles and Explorer Scout Honors.
It included information about the other senior scout programs, about a chapter each, but left the bulk of that to those program's manuals.
It is unclear what office insignia these Explorer Scout Troops used. To better understand the terms used in the Explorer Scout program, here is a comparison with Boy Scout Troops and later Explorer Posts.
Explorer Patrol Leader patches were used during the early part of the program.
The Explorer Scout program was built around the idea of advanced outdoor activities, going beyond what a 12/13 year Boy Scout could do.
This concept is what inspired the advancement and uniform of this program.
In 1944 the program was revamped, and the distinctive uniform and advancement was established. At first, Explorer Scouts were not given their own distinct uniform.