The Explorer program is designed to create an opportunity for boys in first through fifth grade to step out on an adventure with Christ and the world around them. There are opportunities to learn about topics of interest for each boy. If an emblem is not available to cover a specific topic, a troop can work on a Design Your Own emblem and create a specialized opportunity of study. Each emblem can be copied separately and done in whatever order best suits a troop. Throughout the emblems, the Explorer Handbook and Explorer notebook are mentioned. The complete Explorer Handbook would include a copy of the requirements for every emblem. Most troops, however, will customize the Explorer Handbook by adding copies of emblems as they work on them.
You might choose to create a three-ring binder for each Explorer to keep the Explorer Handbook pages and pictures or copies of other project work together. This is the Explorer notebook.