OUR TEAM WAS FOUNDED IN 1961
Starting as Explorer Post #631 in 1961, we are part of a small niche of Wilderness Search & Rescue volunteer organizations who involve youth members in positions of authority and responsibility.
Currently we are a 100% volunteer, unpaid 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating under the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. We cherish and continue our history of youth development by reserving all Officer positions over our general membership to high-school-aged members.
- 20 recruit members (Class of 2021-2022)
- ~100 volunteers
- 14 Officers
- 12 Advisors
Our organization is staffed by 100% unpaid, very dedicated volunteers. The general membership is made up of both youth and adult members as young as 14 years old. We currently have an active roster of approximately 100 volunteers, and are always seeking additional support. Our history, and our mission statement expresses a continuing dedication to support young adults, by fostering a sense of community service, developing self-confidence, self-reliance, ownership, responsibility, and leadership skills. Each year our members dedicated thousands of man-hours to help make the remote areas of Multnomah County, and the Pacific Northwest, safer for those who live and recreate here.
Our unit fits into a unique niche in the SAR community by continuing our dedication and emphasis on youth development and leadership created from our origins as an Explorer Post. The general membership has been directly supervised, trained, and managed by our youth officers (age 15-18) for over 60 years. These positions include:
The President and Vice President oversee our general membership. This includes all searchers, recruits, and some non-operational support staff. These are the highest ranking positions, elected into their rank by the membership, and reserved for youth leaders.
Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of their team's training, and well-being of the members. These officers lead field teams on live missions, and handle real world operations independently. Officers are elected into their position by the membership, and act as leaders and role models for incoming recruits and certified searchers.