Medical Explorers

Our 2019-2020 CAMC Medical Explorer Officers


What is Explorers?

Exploring is a worksite-based program that gives youth an opportunity to visit community organizations and explore the dynamics of various careers. Exploring is for young men and women who are at least 14 years of age and have completed the eighth grade. Participation may continue through age twenty.

The purpose is to help youth to develop and grow through activities that provide real life experiences in their field of interest. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character and leadership experience.

Every explorer post specializes in a specific career program area.

  • Medical and health careers
  • Law enforcement
  • Aviation
  • Law and government
  • Engineering
  • Skilled trades
  • Business
  • Communications

What type of activities will I be doing?

Please complete the HIPAA education inservice prior to the kick-off meeting by clicking on the link provided at:

If you have questions, please email or call (304) 388-3376.

REMINDER: If Kanawha County Schools are cancelled or dismissed early due to weather on a scheduled Medical Explorers meeting date, the meeting will automatically be cancelled. We will plan to meet at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

NOTE: Extracurricular activities are arranged by Boy Scouts of America at (304)-340-3663.

What will I learn about in health care?

Students will learn about CAMC and its companies as well as hear about more than 100 health career opportunities. You will not only hear about the health careers, but you will also meet many of the professionals who work in these careers here at CAMC

As West Virginia's premiere medical teaching facility, CAMC prepares a variety of health care professionals to care for West Virginians. On any given day, CAMC hosts more than 500 students in programs leading to degrees or certifications in health professions.

While the care of patients takes place in hospital buildings with state-of-the-art equipment, it is a large number of hospital staff that provides the care, keep the buildings running and operate the equipment. CAMC's well-trained physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and support staff offer thousands of families convenient access to quality health care.

People enter health careers to make a difference in the lives of others. Students in our Medical Exploring post will meet and talk with many professionals who will talk about their educational and work experiences. They will also share their personal challenges and rewards relating to their profession. Students are also provided opportunities to tour our three hospital campuses and other off-site facilities, such as our Physical Therapy Center.

Charleston Area Medical Center is the flagship of the CAMC Health System. A non-profit, regional referral center with approximately 908 beds and 7,000 employees, CAMC has a distinct commitment to the people of southern West Virginia.

How do I join?

CAMC is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, who sponsor the exploring program in Kanawha and Putnam counties. CAMC's Medical Explorers post has been active since 1979, and currently has more than 100 participants. We are proud of our program, which has evolved into a “club-like” atmosphere. Our goal is to provide students who are considering a career in health care or medicine with first hand information from health care professionals within our medical center.

We begin our program in October and meet monthly thereafter up through April.

For information, call (304) 388-3376.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer


Find up-to-date information about the careers listed below including nature of the work, working conditions, training, job outlook and salary by searching for them in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Allied Health

  • Cardiac Ultrasonographer
  • Clinical laboratory technologists
  • Electroneurodiagnostic technologists
  • Medical assistants
  • Nuclear medicine technologists
  • Occupational therapist assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Perfusionist
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapist assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Radiologic technologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech pathologists
  • Ultrasonographers


  • LPNs
  • RNs
  • Surgical Technologists

Physicians and surgeons

Support services

    Dietary aides and cooks
    Medical records clerks
    Medical transcriptionists
    Pharmacy technicians
    Security officers


    Accountants and auditors
    Biomedical engineers (technicians)
    Dietitians and nutritionists
    Human resources associates