Exploring: A Different Scouting Experience

Exploring is a part of the BSA’s “Learning for Life’s” career education program for young men and women age 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) to 20 years old. Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program.

Local community organizations such as businesses, professional organizations, and civic groups initiate specific Explorer posts. They do this by matching the interests of young adults with the people and program resources within their own organizations. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow and develop.

To have an Exploring Post start up in your community, contact your District Executive for more information.

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Arts & Humanities Aviation Law and Government Science Exploring Business Exploring Fire Service Engineering Communications Health Care Law Enforcement Skilled Trades Career Exploring Social Services Exploring  


Since 1998, Learning for Life has partnered with thousands of businesses and organizations to bring “real-world” career experiences to young men and women through its Exploring programs. Our programs provide an ideal, interactive link between the academic environment and the real world.

Schools, Businesses & Organization Benefits:
  • Easy to start a post
  • Proven & flexible model
  • Potential future employees
  • General Liability Insurance

Student Benefits:
  • Build self-confidence & character
  • Leadership & social skills development
  • Unique career experiences & internships
  • Volunteer service opportunities

New! Middle School Explorer Clubs

Our newest program reaches out to 6th-8thgraders. These students benefit from the same real-world career experiences as their older counterparts, but in a more age-appropriate setting.

Student Benefits:
  • Character Development
  • Build self-confidence
  • Leadership development
  • Social development
  • Unique career experiences, networking & internships
  • Volunteer community service
  • Group collaboration and teamwork