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Hallmark Photography Explorer Post 2918

Does Photography Spark Your Interest? If you are fascinated by photography, editing, and creativity, then this program is for you! Hallmark’s Exploring program enables high school students to work directly with photography professionals to assist students with tips and guidance to enhance your creativity! Tour the City: Plaza Lights Missouri Town Kansas City River Market And much more!

If your plans include continuing your education in photography, we can help you develop your portfolio to pursue scholarships opportunities.

Meetings are held at the Union Hill Studio; 2820 Warwick Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64108. For more information or questions, please contact Henry Clark at



Southside Striders- Homeschool Band

There are experiences in life that change who we are.  Our educational choice should not limit those experiences.  Music is an art that moves us in our core.  It gives us inspiration while simultaneously teaching us diligence, motivation, perseverance, team work and expression.  We want to offer your children the opportunity to discover how music will impact their lives. Educational opportunities include Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Marching Band, and Symphonic Band.

Beginning Band: Open to anyone between the age of 10 and 22, beginning band is designed for students with no prior musical experience.

Intermediate Band: Builds on the skills learned in beginning band.  Enthusiasm builds as students begin to see the fruits of their labor.

Marching Band: Brings a new dimension to a student's musical experience.  This ensemble performs in parades and local events in the south Kansas City area.

Symphonic Band: Our top level ensemble, we play a variety of genre and delve into music theory.

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Dodson Aviation at Ottawa Airport

Established in 2015, Aviation Explorers Post 8000 began as an initiative by local aviators to involve youth more at the Ottawa Municipal Airport and spread the Kansas tradition of flight to future generations, and in short order, we have done just that! Dodson International Parts, Inc., our sponsor, donated an unairworthy Cherokee 140 to the group, and members have fixed it up with the help of AI’s. April 8 we took it on its first flight after restoration! We meet every other Thursday at 6:30 at OWI plus most Saturdays 9am to noon. Meetings feature area Guest Speakers, such as test pilot, police helicopter pilot, skydiver, FBO manager, Army Special Forces veteran pilot, airline pilots, aircraft maintenance staff, flight instructors, Aviation engineers and more. We have built homemade hot air balloons, flown drones, played with power kites, and many other activities. Our members are currently studying towards the FAA private written exam, as well as enjoying advanced discovery flights.  Student Officers elected by the members run meetings which often feature prizes for answering aviation trivia. Our most profitable fundraiser has been from ads in our History of the Ottawa Airport captioned photo book. We look forward to growing our membership as well as supporting members’ pursuit of their Private Pilot’s License.

Please contact for more information.



Missouri State Association of Parliamentarians

This new Explorer Post has the backing of the Missouri State Association of Parliamentarians and is established to encourage youth in the area to build skills in public administration, leadership, and communication.  Our education program is specifically designed to complement any career path be it in law, government, or the private sector.  We have established a solid plan in place that can lead most high school students to credentialed status upon graduation, making them heads above others in the job market and to advance their college prospects further.  Join us in the Parliamentary Law Explorer Post to gain the confidence and skills you need in your current and future leadership roles.

Please contact for more information.



Black and Veatch Post 2455

 The Explorer Post is a program sponsored by Black & Veatch as part of Learning for Life of Kansas City. The program exposes high school students interested in math, science and engineering, ages 14-19 and in high school, to the various disciplines of engineering through presentations, hands-on activities, engineering tours, and community service events supported by Black & Veatch.

Explorer Post membership is a 10-month program (August-May) that culminates with a Superactivity Trip to a selected state in the U.S. in June. Students complete an application which requires both student AND parent signatures, along with an application fee. The fee to participate in the program activities is $40 and covers transportation, insurance, snacks at meetings, materials for hands-on activities, etc.

ENGINEERING TOURS: Each month, a tour of an engineering-related facility will be offered. Tours are normally scheduled on the Saturday following the meeting. Many of the tours will have a limit on the number of students that can participate. Spots will be filled as students sign up at the monthly meetings. All students will be notified by email if there are remaining open spots for a tour, which will be filled on a “first notified” basis.

SUPERACTIVITY TRIP: The Superactivity Trip exposes a randomly selected group of students to engineering architecture, engineering facts, and history in a city/state chosen by the Explorer Post. Students eligible for consideration: •Have met the eligibility requirements of completing ten (10) activities, including one (1) community service activity • Fees associated with the trip are paid in full by designated due dates.

QUESTIONS? E-mail: Hotline: 913-458-9030 Facebook: Black & Veatch Explorer Post

MONTHLY MEETINGS Monthly meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm and consists of an information presentation by a guest speaker and a hands-on activity or contest related to the selected engineering discipline. Meetings are held at 11401 Lamar Avenue Overland Park, KS 66211

Hotline: 913-458-9030

Facebook: Black & Veatch Explorer Post

For questions and to pre-register via email:




For those interested in a fast-paced, adrenaline flowing environment and have a desire to provide help and safety to those in your community, this exploring program is for you. The Fire Department Exploring Posts explore a career that is committed to saving lives. In these posts, youth ages 14 to 20, will gain experience by working alongside fire fighter and EMS professionals.

The following are just a few of the areas you will receive hands on training for:

  • CPR, First Aide
  • Emergency Rescue
  • Fire Procedures and more

Sign up today!

Belton Fire Department Post 2820

Elmer Bellefy

Independence Fire Department Post 2081

Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Post 2599

Tom Thibault

Harrisonville Fire and EMS Post 2951

Duane Gerke

Johnson County Med Act Post 2205

Virgel Swanson

Lawrence Douglas Co. Fire & Rescue Post 2555

Malcomb Stapel

Wellsville Fire Department Post 2801

Kim Calderwood

Olathe Fire Department Post 2884

Colin Renner

Overland Park Fire Department Post 2976



Would you like to receive hands on exercises that will bring you closer to understanding and participating in law enforcement topics? Some of the awesome hands on activities the Explorers participate in are mock building searches, vehicle stops, finger printing, Crime Scene Investigation, evidence collection, and police ride along and that's just to name a few of the activities we do. In the Spring the OP Police Post hosts a Law Enforcement Challenge event which includes Law Enforcement Explorer Posts from the 19 counties the Heart of America Serves. The annual event offers exciting hands on exercises for you to experience a day in the life of a Police Officer. Being an Explorer in our post will bring you up close and personal with the law enforcement career field and truly show you a more personal aspect of those who serve as law enforcement in your city. The Explorer experience can determine a student's career choice toward law enforcement and a specific field of interest.

Grain Valley Police Department Post 2105 and Club (For 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students) 8105

Darin Chance


Harrisonville Police Department 

Chandra Kelly


KCK/WyCo Public Safety

William Barajas


Lee's Summit Police Department

Don Powelson


Olathe Police Department Post 2885

Jamie Schmidt

Overland Park Police Department Post 2986.

Brian Houlahan


Shawnee Mission Law Enforcement

Troy Duvanel

Spring Hill Police Department

Sugar Creek Police Department

Tim Waterfield

Warrensburg Police Department

Jason Gilbert


UMKC School of Dentistry Explorer Post 2947

UMKC School of Dentistry consists of 15-20 area high school students. A couple travel distances as far as St. Louis, Missouri. The age range is from 14-19. The goal is to educate aspiring high school students about the field of dentistry and to provide them with related and invaluable hands-on-lab experience. High school students from the Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding area are eligible to participate in the program. Students should have an interest in the dental field and be academically sound.


For more information or questions, please contact;

John Cottrell

Truman Medical Center Lakewood 2950

Truman Medical Center Lakewood, in Eastern Jackson County, invites area high school students to explore healthcare careers with Medical Explorer Post 2950. Meetings are held monthly October through May on Monday evening, and feature in-depth study of a different area of healthcare. Students tour hospital departments and learn about the career options available to them. Hospital staff and healthcare providers share their experience, training, and job duties providing students first-hand knowledge of their day to day activities and responsibilities. Students have an opportunity to assume leadership roles in the Post, perform community service hours, or shadow an employee in a specific hospital department. Student leaders serve on the TMC Lakewood Medical Explorer Advisory Board and help plan programs, special activities, and run meetings.

Open house will be held on October 9th at Truman Medical Lakewood Center 7900 Lee’s Summit Rd Kansas City, MO 64139. To register, please email


Hospital Hill Post 2500

Children’s Mercy Hospital in conjunction with Truman Medical Center invites area high school students to explore healthcare careers with Medical Explorer Post 2500. Meetings are held monthly October through May on Monday evening, and feature in-depth study of a different area of healthcare. Students tour hospital departments and learn about the career options available to them. Hospital staff and healthcare providers share their experience, training, and job duties providing students first-hand knowledge of their day to day activities and responsibilities. Students have an opportunity to assume leadership roles in the Post, perform community service hours, and shadow an employee in a specific hospital department. Student leaders serve on the Hospital Hill Explorer Advisory Board and help plan programs, special activities, and run meetings.

Open house will be held on October 2nd at 6:30pm at the Don Chisholm Building, 610 E 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108. To register, please email


Oxford Animal Hospital 

Exploring is a national program that allows high school students the opportunity for in depth exposure to a number of different careers, in this case, veterinary medicine. You will learn what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary technician, animal anatomy and physiology, medicine, preventive medicine, equipment used, different career paths one can take, hospital tours and much more. Monthly meetings will take place throughout the school year, and you will learn how you can get started in this career field with volunteer opportunities within the community. Additionally, guest speakers will present focusing on one of the exciting specialties available in the field of veterinary medicine. If this career interests you, then come join us and check it out!

Bob Musil



Exploring Design Careers

Interested in Design and seeing how to view the world differently when designing a room, or a building, or a city? The Center for Architecture & Design Kansas City is excited to offer an Explorer program for students to experience a variety of design careers including architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture.  Students will learn about each career, what these design professionals do in their daily jobs and the training needed for architects, urban planners, and landscape architects.  They will learn about what design and design thinking is and how it affects their everyday life, can understand how designers use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in their daily jobs and learn to think like a designer, which will enable them to use problem-solving skills that they can apply to both their academic and daily activities.  Sessions will start in January and each month will introduce a new career.  The year will end with a tour of a local project. 

Sessions will be held at the Center for Architecture & Design, 1801 McGee St, Ste 100, KCMO.



Construction Trades

How would you like to be a part of building America? The Kansas City Building Trades is offering is launching an Explorer program designed to give students an insight to the career and education opportunities offered in the exciting career of commercial construction. Students will spend time learning a bit about each trade directly from industry experts. Students will have the opportunity to explore through hands on activities involving ironworking, sheet metal, painting, glazing, concrete, carpentry, heavy equipment operation, pluming, pipe
fitting, insulating, drywall, brick and tile and floor-laying just to name a few! The sessions will begin with an open house in October and a new trade will be introduced each month. The open house will be held at The Builders Association, 105 W 12th Ave, KCMO and following sessions will be held at each trade’s training center.


 Vatterott College Automotive Program

This program is for students 14-18 interested in automotive and motorcycle technology and other powersports equipment. The field of automotive and motorcycle repair is critical to our way of life – we need our cars to run and get us to where we need to be. Our automotive technology program can get you started in this field by teaching you the necessary skills needed to service, troubleshoot, and repair engine-powered equipment and to gain employment at a range of facilities. Independent automotive shops, dealerships and companies with fleets all hire trained professionals to repair and service vehicles.

Meetings will be held at: 4131 N Corrington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64117


L’École Culinaire

Located in one of the most desirable locations in Kansas City, Missouri, L’École Culinaire offers educational opportunities for the aspiring, career-minded chef. This program is for high school students age 14-18 who have an interest in pursuing a culinary profession, or just improving their skills in the kitchen. Students experience hands-on learning and career-based instruction by professionals in the culinary industry. As an ACCSC accredited culinary school, L’École Culinaire prepares students for careers in the culinary industry by offering associate degrees and diplomas in the culinary arts.

310 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-627-0100


BITS Equestrian Special Needs Post 2135

Better in the Saddle Equestrian Special Needs post provides the experience of a life time for special needs individuals. Post 2135 gives students the chance to work with special needs individuals through this therapeutic experience.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Chelsea Wales



JE Dunn Explorer Post 2967

Kansas City’s Urban Core Career Education Explorer’s experience the various careers. JE Dunn Explorer post gives positive opportunities and role models in different career industries to help motivate and inspire students to succeed. Connect with different companies within the Kansas City area and experience careers with hands on activities and projects throughout the community.

For more questions or information about JE Dunn contact:

Job Corps Post 2700

The Exploring program has partnered with Job Corps Excelsior Springs to enhance the program with more company connections for tours, projects, and student transitions. Students receive curriculum and work site experience to be successful in the skills trade industry.

For more questions or information about Job Corps contact:

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Please fill out the form below and go to resources where you can print a youth application and bring to the next meeting. If you are under the age of 18, please provide parent signature on the application. For any questions, please contact Chelsea Wales at 816-569-4950.