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My Boy Scout of America Experience by Exploring Executive, Misty Green

By: Misty Green on December 19, 2017 

My name is Misty Green I am a recent graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Criminal Justice. I have worked professionally as the Exploring Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council for nine months now. Before I was hired, my only Scouting experience was through participation with my 8-year-old wolf cub.  

It wasn’t until I started running the Exploring Program that I realized how truly different Exploring and Scouting are from one another. Although they both benefit our youth, with Scouting the focus is mainly on religion, outdoor adventure, and achievements. Exploring, on the other hand, focuses on workforce development and is career specific. I never thought that I would be so passionate about my first job after graduating. The Exploring Program is very important to me; I believe that being able to experience what your career of choice entails is vital to being successful. As someone who did not have this professional experience as a youth and therefore was unsure of what career path I should follow, it took me seven long years to graduate from college.

What made me truly know what I wanted to do with my life was my internship at Family Service Association. I knew that I wanted to do something in nonprofit and I wanted to work with youth. I was afraid that my degree wouldn’t help me find my way to this type of career, but then, I received a call from the Boy Scouts of America and was excited to discover the Exploring Program. The more I learned about the program, the more I knew how much I truly wanted the position. I believe that I found my dream job; it was nonprofit, involved working with youth, and allowed me to apply the knowledge I acquired with my criminal justice degree. Knowing what I know now about the program, I can say that I would have strongly benefited from having a program such as Exploring in my youth. Hands on experience during a past internship is what got me started on my career path. Early experience and understanding in a career really matter and can shape a person’s life toward a path that he/she might have not even considered otherwise.

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