Chuck Dalton and Bryan Pearre were named Explorers of the Year in a ceremony Wednesday at Explorer Post No. 56 at the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police.
Mr. Pearre is president of the post, which is part of the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program.
Mr. Dalton is the post's administrative vice president.
Together, they contributed 341 hours of community service to the state police in 1993, according to 1st Sgt. Steve Reynolds of the Resident Trooper Program.
The men staffed information booths on bicycle and all-terrain vehicle safety and the Neighborhood Watch program at area malls and the Farm Museum.
They conducted tours of the state police barracks for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, freeing the troopers for other duties, and they assisted in the police radio room.
"Both of these young men have come a long way in terms of their development, their maturity and their ability to make decisions," Sergeant Reynolds said. "We're proud of them."
He said Mr. Pearre is the first Explorer from the post to be accepted as a Maryland State Police cadet.
Mr. Dalton is applying to become a cadet.
"It makes you feel pretty good" to see their success, Sergeant Reynolds said.
Mr. Dalton said the Explorer program gave him hands-on experience that allowed him to see whether he liked police work before he committed himself to it. He said he learned that he enjoys dealing with the public.
Mr. Pearre said he had no interest in police work before he followed his friend, Mr. Dalton, into the Explorer post, but the Explorer experience helped him decide to pursue police work as a career.
He said his Explorer duties also prepared him for his work as a cadet, familiarizing him with state police forms and procedures.
Mr. Dalton, 18, is a freshman at Villa Julie College, where he is studying paralegal work. He lives in Sykesville.
Mr. Pearre, 18, was hired as a state police cadet the week before Christmas. He lives in Westminster.
The Explorer program is open to anyone ages 16 to 20. For more information, call Tfc. Jim Emerick at 876-8956 or Sergeant Reynolds at 848-3111.
To nominate someone as Volunteer of the Week, call 751-7900 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 751-7916.