About Us

What is Exploring

About UsExploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are at least 14 and who are not yet 21 years old.  Exploring has delivered real world career experiences to more than two million youth nation-wide since 1998.  Annually, roughly 2000 Explorers receive real world career experiences in more than 40 Exploring Posts in Kansas City.

Learning for Life is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.  The mission of Learning for Life is to develop and deliver engaging, research based academic, character, leadership, and career focused programs aligned to state and national standards that guide and enable all students to achieve their full potential.  The vision of Exploring is to provide positive and meaningful real-world career experiences and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest.  The Learning for Life National Committee and Executive Team members and their contact information, the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, and the 2011 Annual Report are at www.learningforlife.org/about-us and copies of the material will be provided by your Learning for Life Exploring professional on request.

Exploring is well developed program of career exploration that can be implemented by virtually any business to help meet the needs of youth, parents, and the community.  Participating Organizations are encouraged to engage community schools because school counselors and teachers are in an excellent position to help direct youth to explore the most suitable careers according to their gifts, talents, interests, and skills.  The primary goal of Exploring is to help youth make informed decisions about their future career path.  Typically, youth who join an Explorer Post will:  (1) get involved, learn about a career, and decide to pursue it; or (2) learn enough about the career to determine it is not the right fit for them.  Our youth – suburban, urban, and rural – need an opportunity to learn what careers interest them before they decide what to do after high school.  Career exploration offers them the opportunity they need to make informed choices about their future. Career exploration allows youth to meet and learn from community business leaders to discover what most interests and best suits them whether that is engineering, health care, law, carpentry, welding, or some other craft, trade, or profession.

Benefits and Testimonials

"My daughter wants to be a doctor, so the Health program was a wonderful experience! It gave her the opportunity to learn from actual medical professionals.  A lot of young men and women who want to enter the medical profession never get a chance to actually explore what a medical professional does on a daily basis.  The Explorer program gives them a snapshot into their possible future."


Jason B., Parent

“The students were not sure what they wanted to do in the future and now they have a clear pathway.”


Elizabeth S., Explorer Advisor

“I would participate again because I found the program very helpful and I enjoyed meeting new people with the same goals and interest as myself.”


Stephanie R., Explorer

More Testimonials:  http://exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring/career-exploring-testimonials/

Endorsements:  http://exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring-endorsements/

District Committee

  • Exploring Division Chair,
    Dr. Timothy Johnson,
    Valence Health
  • Service Team Chair,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Dr. Lawson Rener                                    
  • Fundraising Chair,
    Joseph Jacobs,
    KCP&L
  • Advisory Board,
    Mohammad Qureshi,
    Kiewit Engineering
  • Advisory Board,
    David Disney,
    JE Dunn Construction
  • Law Enforcement Chair,
    Darin Chance,
    Grain Valley Police Department
  • Activities Chair,
    Melanie Peirce,
    Overland Park Police Department
  • Engineer Chair,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Bryan Watts,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Black & Veatch 
  • Superintendent School Chair,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Dr. Bart Goering,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Spring Hill School District
  • Missouri School Chair,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Colleen Jones,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Liberty School District
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