Chartered by the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, and officially a Search and Rescue Service Post, the Post's real emphasis is on wilderness, river, and lake Search and Rescue. The Explorers train and respond alongside the adult volunteers of the Search and Rescue Unit.
Exploring is a worksite-based program, and 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, like the Search and Rescue Unit, 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
- Character education
- Leadership experience
- Life skills