The Exploring District serves Davidson and Williamson Counties in the Central Service Area.

A Program for Career Education

Exploring is a High School career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 to 20 years old.

Exploring’s purpose is to provide hands on career experiences to help young people determine if they want to pursue a certain career upon high school graduation. Exploring Posts are designed around the needs and wants of the youth.

Local community organizations and/or businesses initiate an Explorer Post by matching their people and program resources to the career interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special career interests, grow, and develop in to mature adults.

Adults are selected by the participating organization to lead program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or citizenship is not criteria for participation.

Mission Statement

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..

Vision Statement

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.

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Career Interest Organization Post Number
Aviation Metro Nashville Airport Authority Post 11
Aviation St. Edwards Cadet Squadron Post 61
Engineering Vanderbilt University Post 16
Fire & Emergency Franklin Fire Department Post 478
Fire & Emergency Spring Hill Fire Department Post 4628
Law & Government Vanderbilt University Law School Post 134
Law Enforcement Metropolitan Police Department Post 911
Law Enforcement Williamson County Sheriff's Department Post 151
Medical Research Vanderbilt University Post 163
Music (Business) Belmont University Post 25
Nursing Vanderbilt University Medical Center Post 320
Pharmacy Lipscomb University Post 42

*To contact a specific post, please contact, Danny Sutherland.

**This list represents those units in the Exploring District in Davidson and Williamson Counties. For Exploring Programs in your district, please contact your District Executive.

Navigators Scholarship

The Navigators scholarship was created by Shoney’s and COI Foodservice in 2005. The goal of Navigators is to provide scholarships for deserving young men and women in the Metropolitan Nashville AVID program. The Learning for Life program of the Boy Scouts of America is proud to assist Shoney’s and COI Foodservice with this honor. In order to qualify for a scholarship, students must have participated in an Exploring program and/or job shadow, community service and various AVID activities held during school hours.

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Q: What career fields does Exploring serve?
A: Exploring focuses on 12 career fields that are aligned to the 16 U.S. Department of Education career clusters. These are Arts & Humanities, Aviation, Business, Communications, Engineering & Technology, Fire Service, Health, Law Enforcement, Law, Science, Skilled Trades, and Social Services. Information from surveys each year help start posts more specific to an interest. For example, from the Health Career Field, we might have Dental, Nursing, or Pharmacy posts.

Q: Why should I join Exploring?
A:Exploring is the answer to the age old question "What do I want to be when I grow up?" The goal of Exploring is simple: the programs are designed for youth to gain practical hands-on knowledge and experience in a career prior to graduating high school.

Q: Where do the programs meet?
A: The program meetings are held at the sponsoring organization's location. However, some programs will take field trips to various places to further learn about that specific career interest.

Q: What time do the programs meet?
A: All programs meet after school hours. The programs will meet for 1-2 hours beginning around 6:00 pm. Typically, programs meet once a month throughout the school year. However, there are programs that meet once a week for 8 weeks or twice a month for 6 months. It really depends on the advisor of the post and the members’ availability.

Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: Absolutely, if you would like to bring a friend have him or her contact us! This is very important because all programs have limited space. Just as your classroom at school has a limited number of students, we must limit our number of youth so that everyone can fully benefit from the program.

Q: How much does the program cost?
A: The cost for a full year of program is $25, paid when the application is turned in. This covers registration and accident and liability insurance.

Q: Can I join more than one program?
A:Yes you can! You are also highly encouraged to do so. The programs are designed to help you choose your future career. Remember though, family and school come first so make sure you have enough time in your schedule to do more than one program. You will have to complete a registration form for each Exploring program you join, but do not have to pay a duplicate fee.

Q: Is this similar to job training?
A: No, not at all. It is only exposure to careers students think they want. It is a decision making process, a chance to select rather than settle.

Q: Do I get internship hours or school credit for the program?
A: Internship hours and school credit* are not offered through this program. But you do gain valuable learning experiences to add to your resume and college application. The majority of programs do offer certificates of completion after the program ends. For information on high school internships please visit www.highschoolinterns.com.

Q: What is a Post Advisor?
A: Each program has a "Post Advisor" that leads the program. This individual works for the organization and is volunteering his/her time to coordinate activities for you. These activities vary based on the career field but can include, field trips, projects, question and answer sessions with various business professionals. If you do not know who the advisor is or need information to get a hold of him or her contact us!

Q: What is a First Nighter?
A:Each program has a First Nighter. This is a kick-off night to register to join the program. Most programs kick-off in the fall of each school year. Your parents are invited to attend the First Nighter to answer any questions they may have. You will complete an application and pay registration fees at the First Nighter. If you missed the First Nighter, contact us, as you may be able to still join.

Q: What if I do not like the program?
A: Sometimes as a student enters the program he or she discovers that this is not the career for them. But that is okay! That is just as valuable to learn as discovering that this is the career for you. We do encourage you to finish the program. The benefits of completing the program are many: you meet a lot of new friends, you meet a lot of great adults that will help you discover a career that is right for you and you have a great program to add to your resume and/or your college application. Remember: you can always join another Post to learn about another career!

Q: Isn’t Exploring a part of Boy Scouts of America? A:Yes, it’s our work site–based program, and we are very proud of it. Exploring is the fastest growing part of Boy Scouts of America. Once the students have heard about the complete program, they become enthusiastic about being a part of Boy Scouts of America.

Q: Where can I find more information?
A: For more information on Learning for Life and the Exploring Program please visit the National website at www.learningforlife.org

Contact, Danny Sutherland, at dsutherland@mtcbsa.org for more information or questions.

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