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Welcome to the Gardner Police Explorer Post 357 website!


 What is Exploring? 

Exploring is Learning For Life's career education program for young men and women who are between the ages of 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) and up until their 21st birthday.  Members in this part of the program, are different than members who are in the Explorer Club.  The main difference is that the club members are younger(club members are in grades 6 through 8).  Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or citizenship are not criteria for participation.  Advisors are selected by the Gardner Police Department for involvement in the program.  Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare then to become responsible and caring adults.  Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.  The Gardner Police Explorers are based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the Gardner Police Department.  Departments or agencies initiate an 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 help youth pursue their interest in law enforcement and let it grow and develop.


Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Gardner Police Explorers to:

    -    Gain practical experience in law enforcement

    -    Engage in a program of activities centered in career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education, and leadership experience.

    -    To experience positive leadership from adults and youth and to have an opportunity to lead others.

    -    To learn and grow in a caring environment.


Exploring's Five Areas of Emphasis

Leadership Experience

    -    Developing leadership skills to fulfill our responsibilities in society
-    Providing exposure to different leadership traits

  Career Opportunities

    -    Developing potential contacts that may broaden employment options
-    Boosting self-confidence and experiencing success at school and work

  Life Skills

    -    Developing physical and mental fitness
-    Experiencing positive social interaction

  Service Learning

     -    Encouraging the skill and desire to help other
-    Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others

  Character Education

     -    Helping make ethical choices
-    Fulfilling one's responsibility to society as a whole