Exploring (Learning for Life)
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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 or sometimes Explorer Scouts. The program serves youth in 6th-8th grades (Explorer Clubs), and young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old (Explorer 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. Exploring has categorized its programs into twelve fields:
- Arts and humanities
- Engineering and technology
- Fire and emergency medical services
- Health care
- Law and government
- Law enforcement
- Skilled trades
- Social services
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 (Venture Scouts) program.
- "Participation Totals". Annual Report 2013 (PDF). December 31, 2013. p. 12.
- 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.