About Exploring Q&A

Exploring is a part of the Scouts of America and has been a means to provide youth the chance to learn about a field of interest since the 1970s. The participant gains hands on experience and develops leadership skills, along with many other benefits. The post is run by the Explorers with the Advisors facilitating and providing support and resources. 

There is a huge need for aviation Exploring not just because there is a huge shortage of pilots, air traffic controllers and maintenance personnel in this industry, but there is a high demand of kids who are seeking this type of outlet.  Unfortunately, the Posts are far and few between. Post 7500 is one of four in Southern California!  For more information about Exploring, please visit: exploring.org

Who can be an Explorer?

Anyone who is at least 14 years of age, graduated 8th grade, and  who has an interest in aviation. 


What is the time commitment?

To be considered an "Active" member, the Explorer must atttend the meetings, at least one function, and fulfill the required hours for Volunteering and Fundraising.  

  1. Indoc Training: to be completed during the first three months 
  2. Meetings: One per month; first Friday at 6:30 pm
  3. Monthly Function: One a month (trips and aviation related activities)
  4. Plane Cleaning (optional)
  5. Outings: Air Shows or misc aviation related activities (optional) 
  6. Volunteer Opportunities: 8 hours annually (opportunities provided  by the Post)
  7. Fundraising: Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. At least 8 hours; family support required if Explorer is not a licensed driver
  8. Plan/Coordinate one event throughout the year.


What is the cost? 

  • $33 per year: Scout fees 
    • upon rechartering, there is an additional fee to Scouts for Insurance 
  • $10: Post T-shirt to be worn at all meetings and functions
  • $10: Post Hat - Optional


Additional activities not covered by the Post.  Most of our activities are either free or reduced, however, if the Post votes to go somewhere and a fee is required, all costs will be discussed up front so everyone is aware. 


Are parents required to attend the meetings/functions? 

No, however, the success and continual running of the Post is not possible without parent support.  We always need help in supervision, driving, providing snacks, helping to coordinate a function, and even being an Advisor. 

Can siblings and friends come to the meetings and outings?  

No, these are for the Post members and prospective members only.  However, if someone has a friend who might be interested in joining, then he/she can speak to an Advisor and arrange to sit in on one of our meetings. 


I have decided to join.  What next? 

After you have attended at least two meetings and one function, you will be interviewed by our Post Leaders.


Who are the adult leaders and what do they do? 

Our Post could not happen without adult leaders and help.  All of our leaders work full time in addition to their commitment to the Post. Some have been Advisors from the beginning, thus, we are always in need of parents willing to help "take a turn" in a leadership role. 

  • John: Parent/Advisor/Administrative
  • Jeanette: Parent/Advisor/Administrative
  • Marc: Parent/Advisor/IT & Leadership Development
  • Patricia - Parent/Advisor/Finance 
  • Kelly - Advisor/Flight Instructor
  • Daniel - Advisor/Captain, Skywest