Explorer Programs

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America offers many great programs for all youth.

EXPLORING is Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14-20 years old. Exploring's purpose is to provide experience to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults by emphazinsg Career Opportunities, Citizenship, Leadership Experience, Life skills and Character Education.

There are different Exploring Programs based on different career paths.

Depew Fire Department Explorer Post #37 - Participating in fire service is a great way to boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work. Explorers make new friends and learn skills that will last a lifetime. For more information contact Josh Swigonski 716-444-1600

Cheektowaga Police Explorers - The Police Explorers is an organization for youth ages 14-20 from Cheektowaga and surrounding towns and villages, interested in a career in law enforcement. The explorers learn the skills taught in the police academy through class room and simulated training as if they themselves are the officer. This program is designed not only to give these youths a chance to see if law enforcement is really the career that they want to go into, but also to give them a chance to learn, build a resume, and basically have a "one up" on others trying to go into this field. The program is ran by a Lt. from the police department, and 4 police officers with the Cheektowaga Police department who volunteer time to teach and train the explorers. This program is very successful as 3 of the 4 advisors were once explorers, we have at least 4 other officers in Cheektowaga that went through the program, 2 officers in Georgia, several in the CIA, FBI and Secret Service.

The explorers also get to attend national and local competitions with other explorers posts. We are looking to recruit some more explorers, and looking to the local schools for some help. If you have any students interested feel free to refer them to me, our Facebook Cheektowaga Police Explorers Post 464, or the Community Crime Prevention office at 897-7293.

Exploring the United States Army - Ever think about serving your country in the US Military? Come participate in this interactive program that explores the many careers offered in all branches of the Army. Age requirement: 14-20. Registration cost is $31. Contact Benjamin Crews, Sgt 1st Class, US Army at 716-909-6867 or Benjanin.r.crews.mil@mail.mil or Greg Voyzey, District Director, Exploring at 716-512-6208 or greg.voyzey@scouting.org for more information.

Exploring Veterinary Science Program  This is a “hands on” program for high school students thinking about a career in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, or anyone who is interested in animals. Conducted by a team of veterinarians led by Rene van Ee, DVM, Amanda Schepis DVM, and Allison Bliss DVM. Program Topics: Animal care and handling, veterinary physical exam, surgical procedures, large and small animal medicine, exotics, radiology, feline/canine topics, aquatics, government, research and industrial medicine, dentistry, pain management and more. Field trips may include an animal shelter, dairy and horse farms, and the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. For high school students & young adults, ages 14-20. For more information, call Dr. van Ee at 833-2255 or renepost26@gmail.com or call Exploring at 512-6215.

Erie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #505 - In this post you are trained the same way all police recruits do in the Police Academy. You are trained by actual sworn police officers. This is a great way for teens, ages 14-21, to learn valuable knowledge and skills that can help them get a job in law enforcement. Learn how to clear buildings and rooms, perform simulated traffic stops, radio procedure, proper weapon training, report writing, arrest techniques, forensic techniques, community service, self-defense, first-aid, make child ID cards and more! Meetings are held 2x each month at the Law Enforcement Training Academy at ECC North in Amherst. Contact Ryan Deck 716-949-5115 or RyanJDeck@aol.com for more information.

Exploring Construction Trades Program - Cost is $20, students under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the registration. This is a "hands on" program for students thinking about a career in the construction trades. The program consists of 5 nights (one orientation and four visits). Each month you will participate in a hourr exploration of a career-trade at one of the local construction companies:

ELECTRICAL - Hosted at Wire Electric, 1320 Military Rd, Buffalo 14217
CARPENTRY - Hosted at Gypsum Systems, 640 Pound Rd, Elma 14059
GENERAL MECHANICAL - Hosted at Parise Mechanical, 1106 Sheridan Dr, Tonawanda 14150
DRY WALL - Hosted at Clarence Wall & Ceiling, 9393 Main Street, Clarence 14031

To register call Kristy Zimmerman-Swigart at 832-0777 or email Zimmerman@abcnys.org or call Greg Voyzey at 891-4073.