The Exploring District serves Davidson County 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

It is the mission of Learning for Life to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership, and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.

Vision Statement

Learning for Life strives to be the foremost co-educational youth program for character and career development.

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District Chairman:
Steve Blackmon

District Commissioner:
Denise Bentley

District Executive:
Etta Bell

Visit the Learning for Life website for Youth Protection Training, Career Achievement Award, Scholarship Infor, and Other Resources.

Post Number Career Interest Organization Post Advisor First Night/Orientation
94 Actor/Actress Street Theatre Company Elaina Shaver  
1806 Archaeology History Belle Meade Plantation Jenny Lamb  
61 Aviation Civil Air Patrol LTC Pabon or David Sledge  
11 Aviation Nashville International Airport Mariah Deerwester October 16
29 Education Tennessee State University Heraldo Richards  
16 Engineering Vanderbilt University Rizia Bardhan October 20
64 Information Technology Lipscomb University Steve Nordstrom  
134 Law & Government Vanderbilt University Law School Peter Robison  
37 Law & Government Lipscomb University Randall Spivey October 30
911 Law Enforcement Metropolitan Police Department Bradley Nave November 11
163 Medical (Laboratory Sciences) Vanderbilt University Ashley Davis October 14
25 Music (Business) Belmont University Dan Wujik  
320 Nursing Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sabrina Morris October 23
42 Pharmacy Lipscomb University Kirbee Miller October 28

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.

Click here to download Navigator's application form

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Q: What career fields does Exploring serve?
A: Every Explorer post specializes in a specific career program area. More than 25 different specialties have been organized, ranging from business to veterinary. Some specialty programs, such as the Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, and Health have grown to include a national committee, activities, and staff support. Check out the programs for Davidson and Williamson County.

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.

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: Cost varies by program. On average it is between $8-$12 for the entire program, not each meeting. This covers registration and accident and liablity 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 and pay the registration fee for each program you join.

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.

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

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