In 1998 the decision was made by the Boy Scouts of America to separate all work-based programs from programs focused on traditional Boy Scout activities. This is when Exploring as we know today was born. Career Exploring covers topics from Police, Fire/Rescue, EMS, Healthcare, Accounting, Law, Aviation, Engineering, and other skilled trades. As an EMS post, we focus on preparing youth for a career in EMS. We teach CPR, First Aid, Scene Safety, and a number of other topics. We loosely follow the National EMT-Basic Curriculum, by doing so we give our youth the knowledge to succeed.
Through cooperation with Austin-Travis County EMS, EMS Explorer Post 247 provides services to the central Texas community through volunteer service hours. These service hours consist of EMS training, providing First Aid during community events including BSA Capitol Area Council events like Winter camp at Lost Pines Scout Reservation, Hands-Only CPR education, and first aid training to Boy and Girl Scout Troops.
In 2015 the youth of Post 247 received over 3200 hours of training and participated in more than 1600 hours of Community service.
Post 247 was featured in the September 2015 issue of the PULSE. ATCEMS's online magazine.