Exploring is a nationally recognized program serviced by the Boy Scouts of America. Decades ago, Exploring was started as a career development program by the Boy Scouts to help older Scouts prepare for the next phase of their life. Soon siblings and friends of Scouts were asking to tag along on business visits. Scouting staff and volunteers began to realize there really was not another program like it. So the Boy Scouts of America decided it should be available for all high school youth.
Exploring has grown quite substantially since then. It operates as its own program now. It is open to young males AND females, and you do NOT have to be a Scout to join. We repeat, it is open to young males AND females and you do NOT have to be a Scout to join.
Locally, we help organize about twenty career exploration posts in the Dubuque Metro Area. In 2014 Exploring was proud to serve 572 student participants throughout the year. Exploring also helps with annual career exploration fairs that service every 8th grader in the Dubuque, Western Dubuque, and East Dubuque School Districts. Please click on the Programs tab to view the list of this year’s programs.
Exploring is supported through the local Northeast Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America and also United Way. Supporting these two wonderful organizations is also a great way to support Exploring!
We know you are very busy. Letting local students in for tours or a job shadow can bring up some hard questions. How many can you accommodate? What if you cannot say yes to everyone? If your business does want to create a youth program, how do you tell the youth and schools about it? This is why Exploring was created. We take care of this leg work.
We work with the schools, survey the students’ interests, and inform them of all the details of your program. Yet you still get to pick the schedule and content. (Kind of fantastic, right?) Get to know possible interns or employees by working with Explorers. Provide a team building and leadership opportunity for current employees as they plan and communicate lessons to the students. Gain a wonderful opportunity for greater community involvement, and even let the students teach you a thing or two.
The Fine Print:
- The business or organization must have at least four adult leaders registered on the charter and pass a standard background check.
- These adult leaders oversee the program and help with planning and insight. Hands-on learning activities are encouraged throughout all lesson plans.
- Programs must meet four times throughout the year. Typical schedules look like once a week for six weeks, once every other week for two months, or once a month throughout the school year.
- Meetings can be held when convenient for the hosting business or organization, but cannot be held during school hours. Typically programs meet in the early evening, since employees are still around the office and youth can see what really is going on.
For more information on setting up a program, contact our local office in Dubuque at 563-556-4343.
Exploring Executive Team
Melissa Neuhaus – Exploring Executive
Michele Malone – Volunteer Exploring Chair
Kelly Cooper – Volunteer Exploring Commissioner