Exploring (Learning for Life)

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Owner Learning for Life
Headquarters Irving, Texas
Country United States
Founded 1949
  • 114,894 youth
  • 26,170 adults
  • 5,058 posts (2013)[1]
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Exploring is an interactive, work site-based career education program of Learning for Life, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America. 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, called "clubs" and "posts", are sponsored by local businesses, government agencies and 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 & Humanities




Engineering & Technology

Fire & EMS

Health Care

Law & 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 program.


  1. ^ "Participation Totals". Annual Report 2013 (PDF). December 31, 2013. p. 12. 

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