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Students & Parents

Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 10 - 20. The program 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 hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for you. You develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in your selected career fields, and you get to know other youth with your same interests and aspirations.

Exploring is the first step in identifying career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.

Student Benefits:

  • Strong personal values and character development
  • Build self-worth and self-confidence
  • Leadership skills training and development
  • Social development
  • Unique career experiences, networking & internships
  • Personal growth
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Group collaboration and teamwork
  • Scholarships available only to Explorers
  • Add Exploring to your college, job and scholarship applications!

Most Exploring programs align with the school calendar and begin in the fall, while some also offer summer activities, annual conferences, internships and other events. Most meet once or twice a month throughout the year.

Learn more about our career-specific programs by clicking the CAREER FIELDS tab above. The following are examples of some of the most popular Exploring programs across the country:

Accountant / CPA
Attorney / lawyer
Author / Poet
Automotive Technicians
Barber / Cosmetologist
Business (general)
Child Care
Computer Engineer / Technician
Computer Programmer
Culinary arts
Engineering (General)
Fashion Designer / Model
Federal Law Enforcement Agent
Fire Service

Government professions
Health Care (general)
Law Enforcement
Mechanical Engineer
Medicine – Sports
Physical Therapist
Professional Athlete
Skilled Trades
Small Business Owner / Entrepreneur

Each year local Exploring offices administer career interest surveys in cooperation with middle and high schools. Students select their top two career choices from over 100 career options. This information is then used to invite students to join local Exploring programs. There are currently more than 5,000 Exploring clubs and posts across the country.


Click the GET INVOLVED button in the top right corner!


Q:  Can an Explorer join more than one post or club?
A:  Yes, an Explorer can join more than one post without having to pay the annual Exploring participation fee twice or more.

Q: How much does Exploring cost?
A: The annual registration fee is $24. Some local councils collect a nominal fee for accident and sickness coverage. And some posts and clubs collect an additional program fee to subsidize the cost of uniforms, gear or equipment.

Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: Yes. Click here to see the complete list.