WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new youth program announced Saturday is helping young people throughout western Massachusetts explore the field of aviation. The Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, has launched an Exploring program for all youth ages 11 to 20 and for adult mentors age 21 and over to learn about aviation careers.

The programs first meeting was held at the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and was facilitated by Members of the Air National Guard.

“It’s always important to keep people into aviation you know general aviation is getting lower and less people are getting into it and yeah it’s always a good thing to go out and fly and just have some fun,” said Jared Mancini, A&P mechanic at Aero Design Aircraft in Westfield

The program is being developed by a collaboration of entities including the Air National Guard, the City of Westfield, Wright Flight, Fly Lugu, The New England Air Museum, Westfield Technical High and others. By the end of this program the participants will have had career exposure and interactive lessons and everything there is to know in the field of flight.