What is Exploring?

Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 14-20. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields.

What do Explorers do?

Explorers get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them. They develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in their selected career fields, and they get to know other teenagers and young adults sharing their same interests and aspirations. Exploring can be the first step in identifying career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.

Explorers are organized into Posts based around their career interests. Posts are located at businesses or community organizations and are led by trained professionals in their respective fields. Fields represented by Exploring Posts in the Atlanta Area include: Aviation, Business, Engineering, Health Care, Public Safety, Science, Technology and more.

STEM Academy

The STEM Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 9th -12th graders to live on the Georgia Tech campus and get behind the scenes access to more than 30 Atlanta-area companies.

No other summer camp combines learning and fun like the STEM Academy. Learn how different STEM concepts impact you every day, then experience these principles first-hand as you fly through roller coasters at Six Flags, build robots and race them against your peers, and explore the Georgia Aquarium.

Join Exploring

Start a Post

We're always looking for opportunities to add Posts to the Exploring program in the Atlanta Area Council. If your organization is interested in starting an Exploring Post, please email Claude Gatlin Jr.

Frequently Asked Questions

Exploring has Clubs, for students in 6-8th grades, and Posts, for youth ages 14-20, that focus on a variety of career fields. The Atlanta Area Council offers programs in Engineering, Healthcare and Public Safety. You can find a program in your neighborhood or based on your interests using our map of Atlanta Area Exploring programs. You can join a program by visiting a post or club and talking to the advisor or emailing us.
Exploring has the same annual registration fees as Scouting, which are $36 for youth and adult participation for the entire year. Please note that individual programs may have additional costs (uniform, travel, etc.) determined by the program.
Absolutely! There are Exploring Posts and Clubs throughout Metro-Atlanta. You can view our Map of Exploring Programs to find the nearest program based on your career interests.

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