In August of 1998, the BSA moved the many "Career Awareness" Explorer Posts to their Learning for Life subsidiary which was established in 1991, creating Learning for Life/Exploring. By doing so, LFL/Explorers become participants in the Learning for Life program, NOT BSA members. Learning for Life does not have the membership requirements of the BSA. Exploring is a work-site based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.
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.
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.
Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.
More information about the LFL/Exploring program can be found at their Official Web Site,