Exploring provides young men and women ages 14 to 20 years old with a Nationally recognized and endorsed program for real world career experiences. Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders and mentors, and community organizations. The result is a proven and flexible career-based program of hands-on experiences that positively impact youth development and professional growth while creating a pipeline for future employees in 12 career fields.
Take Career Skills to the Next Level with Exploring
Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorships provided by community and business leaders. Together, they equip young people with character, leadership, and life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers.
What Will I Do in Exploring?
Exploring is a unique career exploration program that provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. You get to experience whether or not a particular career field is right for you while you get know other youth with the same interests and aspirations. Internships and scholarships are available to help further your career knowledge.
Exploring builds strong values, self-confidence, and self-worth through character development and leadership opportunities. With group collaboration, teamwork, and volunteer opportunities youth can immerse themselves in career fields like; Aviation, Business, Communications, Engineering and Technology, Fire and EMS, Health Care, Law and Government, Law Enforcement, Science, Social Services, Arts and Humanities, and Skilled Trades.
How Often Do We Meet?
Most Exploring programs align with the school calendar and begin in fall, while some offer summer activities annual conferences, internships and other events. Explorer Posts can meet weekly, every other week, or monthly depending on each Post. Explorers and their advisors work together to plan and coordinate activities and events.
Who Can Join?
Young men and women, ages 14-20 and completed the eighth grade, can join Exploring.
What's the Cost?
Click to view current BSA National Membership Fees. Other costs for uniforms, activities, and camp are not included in the membership fee. Fundraising programs are available to help keep costs low.
How Does Exploring Include Parents and Guardians?
Exploring is a volunteer-led program. Each Post is sponsored by a local community or city organization. The sponsoring organization chooses specialists in their career field to serve as advisors and committee members. Posts encourage parent and guardian support. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate and get involved to help as needed by Post advisors. We'll work with the volunteer leaders to provide training and resources to deliver a great program. Post advisors work with young men and women and their families, improving the community through service oriented career opportunities.
How Do We Get Started?
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