Exploring

Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Any youth may remain an Explorer up until the day they turn 21 years old and then are aged out of the youth side of Exploring.

Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

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Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop:

Career Opportunities

  • Develop potential contacts that may broaden employment options.
  • Boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work.

Life Skills

  • Build physical and mental fitness.
  • Experience positive social interaction.

Citizenship

  • Encourage the skill and desire to help others.
  • Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others.

Character Education

  • Help make ethical choices.
  • Fulfill one's responsibility to society.

Leadership Experience

  • Acquire leadership skills to fulfill one's responsibilities in society.

All of these opportunities come at the low cost of $24.00 per year. For more information, explorer our website or contact Learning for Life's North Florida offices.

What is Exploring? - FAQ

How do I become an Explorer?

If you are between the ages of 14 and 20 and a resident of North Florida enrolled in some type of education (public/private school/home school) then you are eligible for membership in Exploring. Simple fill out the application, which can be found on the register for exploring page, get the application signed by a parent (if you are under 18) and pay the annual $24.00 fee and you're a member entitled to the benefits, prestige, and privileges of every other Explorer. This membership entitles you to register for as many programs as you would like to attend for one year from the date of enrollment. If the cost of registration is impeding membership, contact an executive for aid.

How do I register for a program?

Students are encouraged to register for programs themselves as appointment setting involves phone and communication skills. Registration can be completed by contacting Denise.dreyer@scouting.org or by clicking Find a Post link on the home page.

How do I start an Exploring Program at my organization?

Exploring programs are called 'Posts'. To begin a post at your company or organization simply contact an Executive today. It's a simple process and the benefits are incredible.

How does Exploring help me with college?

Exploring can help students planning on attending college clearly identify a path for achieving their degree with a specific emphasis. The exposure to career advice, paths, and insight from professionals who have already achieved success affords the students a clearly outlined guide to their own success. With the soaring costs of a higher education, the faster a student can excel, the better.

Can I attend more than one program at a time during a week/month?

Yes! The best and brightest Explorers take advantage of nearly every one of our programs, sometimes going to a different program each day of the week! Remember, even if you think you know what you want to be, it can't hurt to learn about other possibilities as this will broaden your knowledge base an inevitably aid your success!

Can I bring a friend who does not attend the same high school as me?

Yes! As long as your friend is enrolled in a North Florida high school or academic program and is between the ages of 14 and 20 he/she can attend with you. Remember though, all attendees to our programs must be registered Explorers! That means you have to fill out an application and pay the registration fee, unless your school covers this cost.

Position Name Telephone
Eastern Service Area Field Director/Learning for Life Director Denise Dreyer (904) 265-3828 Email