The idea of the Corps of Discovery is to become a Servant Leader Society. That is, a society of leaders, both youth and adult, who take seriously the servant leader concept as taught in Kodiak. Servant leadership is a philosophy, teaching that the leader works with and through a team to accomplish service and growth to one's own organization and/or religious institution.
Membership in the Corps of Discovery is focused on encouraging young adults to step outside of their comfort zones and start their volunteerism while they are still in high school. Any youth who shows the desire, tendency, or even the potential to contribute should be inducted into the Corps of Discovery.
The idea here is to identify young adults who are or can become activists and to help them take the first step. That is why we call it a service society rather than an honor society. Like the Venturing Officers Association (VOA), anyone who is interested in helping out should be welcome to join up and start helping.
Induction into the Corps of Discovery should be a "pay forward" endeavor. In other words, it is the responsibility of all current youth members to mentor potential candidates until they can be inducted. Assistance with Mentoring can be found here.
Corps of Discovery Guidebook
3rd edition 7/23/19
The COD Induction Ceremony is now included in the 3rd Edition Corps of Discovery Guidebook
In addition for nominating new membership, any VOA Advisor, Assistant District Commissioner, Unit Leader, Kodiak Course Director, or Roundtable Commissioner should be able to select members to the Corps of Discovery. Membership in the Corps should be a compliment to the young person, but not a great big celebration. After all, it is about being a servant leader.
It is not intended that the Corps become an Honor Society or a form of recognition as a variety of recognition is already in place in the Venturing program. The Corps of Discovery is for people who want to take a leadership role in building Venturing or their organization.