Exploring (Learning for Life)
Exploring is an interactive, worksite-based career education program of Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants in the program are called Explorers and previously Explorer Scouts. The program serves youth in 6th-8th grades (Exploring clubs), and young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old (Exploring posts). Exploring units (clubs or posts), are sponsored by local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, and usually focus on a single career field, but can also introduce youth to a variety of career fields within a single unit.
|Owner||Learning for Life|
|National Director||Tim Anderson|
Prior to 1998, the Exploring program was the main BSA program for older youth and included posts with an emphasis on outdoor activities, which are now part of the Venturing program.
Fields of interest
Exploring has categorized its programs into twelve fields:
- Arts and Humanities Career Exploring
- Aviation Career Exploring
- Business Career Exploring
- Communications Career Exploring
- Engineering and Technology Career Exploring
- Fire Service Exploring and EMS Career Exploring
- Health Career Exploring
- Law and Government Career Exploring
- Law Enforcement Exploring
- Military Exploring
- Science Career Exploring
- Skilled Trades Career Exploring
- Social Services Career Exploring
In popular culture
The book series The Mad Scientists' Club, which began as a series of short stories in Boys' Life magazine, the official youth magazine of the Boy Scouts of America, described its club members as being Explorer Scouts.
- "Participation Totals". Annual Report 2013 (PDF). December 31, 2013. p. 12.
- "What are the Military Explorers?". MILITARY EXPLORER POST #9044. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
- "Current Exploring Posts In The Illowa Council". Boy Scouts of America Illowa Council. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
- Official website
- Brown, Michael. "A History of Senior Scouting Programs of the BSA".
- "Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More". The New York Times. – Explorers get training in counter-terrorism, with slideshow.