Explorer Post 5 and Explorer Post 50 are members of the Learning for Life program, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, and are associated with the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts here in Raleigh. Youth between the ages of 14-20 are eligible to participate in Post 5 to learn about broadcasting.
The Learning for Life career exploration program also helps youth develop social and life skills, assists in character development, and help them formulate positive personal values. Exploring is a worksite-based program that gives young people an opportunity to visit community organizations and explore the dynamics of various careers.
Explorer Post 5 was chartered in 1969 by Jim Goodmon, President and CEO of CBC, and then WRAL-TV engineer Powell Kidd. Post 5 is the oldest continuous post in the country. Hundreds of youngsters have been introduced to broadcasting through the post and a number of current outstanding employees got their start in the post. …and many, many more who are working throughout the country.
The students of Explorer 50 have been producing a closed-circuit broadcast for Bulls’ home games since 1999. In the 2001 season, the Bulls and FOX 50 expanded the program to broadcast 32 home games on WRAZ-DT, FOX 50’s digital channel. Explorer Post 50 were nominated for a Student Production Emmy by the Midsouth Region for their work in producing Bulls games that inaugural year.
Originally, Post 5 focused on scouting and consisted of an all-male membership. During the mid-70’s, the Post began producing documentaries and then began producing “Post 5 Reports,” a short-lived 30-minute interview program, in 1979. As local high schools began teaching classes in broadcasting, Post 5 became increasingly popular. The membership has since opened to females.