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.

OwnerLearning for Life
HeadquartersIrving, Texas
CountryUnited States
  • 114,894 youth
  • 26,170 adults
  • 5,058 posts (2013)[1]
National DirectorTim 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.[2]

Fields of interest

Exploring has categorized its programs into twelve fields:

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.


  1. "Participation Totals". Annual Report 2013 (PDF). December 31, 2013. p. 12.
  2. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/02/09/20-facts-about-venturing-on-the-programs-20th-birthday/
  3. "What are the Military Explorers?". MILITARY EXPLORER POST #9044. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  4. "Current Exploring Posts In The Illowa Council". Boy Scouts of America Illowa Council. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.