Collier County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s Program
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office sponsors two Explorer posts which are part of the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Program. The program is designed for students 14 years to 19 years of age. The program lets students explore the opportunity to learn about and interact with Law Enforcement and help stimulate further interest in the possibility of a Law Enforcement career.
Explorers raise money by assisting with parking, gate control and other duties during special events. With the money received from working special events and from donations, the Explorers attend Explorer Boot Camp and Delegate meetings to compete with other Explorer posts, in the State of Florida, on law enforcement procedures and tactics.
The program requires an applicant maintain a 2.0 or above grade average, have not been arrested, pass a DJJ background check and be a person of good standing. A meeting with a parent prior to joining is also required.
The program runs throughout the school year. This year, the Naples Explorer’s post will meet at Palmetto Ridge High School. Transportation is available for the Naples post from 2373 Horseshoe Drive to Oakridge Middle School to Palmetto Ridge High School and back. The Immokalee post will meet at Immokalee High School then transport to Palmetto Ridge and back. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. (NOTE: Dates and times subject to change).
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office also offers a Cadet Program at each post. Middle school students12 through 14 years of age who maintain a “C” average or above (same requirements as Explorers) can join.
Except for out of town competition, Cadets participate in the same type of programs and activities as their older counterpart. Cadets may become an Explorer once they reach the age of 14.
Both Explorers and Cadets must obey the CCSO policy and procedures addressed to the Explorer’s Program along with the guidelines set by the Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life.
For more information, call Sgt. Mike Butcher at 239.252.0138 or the Youth Relations Bureau at 239.252.0144. Click here to download the application.