Collier County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s Program
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office sponsors an Explorer post and an Explorer club which are part of the Boy Scouts of America Scouting Program. The Explorer post is for students from 14-18 years of age (called Explorers). The Explorer club is for students from 12-13 (called Cadets). Except for out of town competitions, Cadets participate side-by-side in the same type of programs and activities as their older counterpart. Cadets may become an Explorer once they reach the age of 14.
The CCSO Explorer post and club programs let 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.
The program runs throughout the school year. This year, the CCSO Explorers post and club will meet at Palmetto Ridge High School every Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Transportation is available from the Naples YRB office (2373 Horseshoe Drive) and from Oakridge Middle School to Palmetto Ridge High School and back. Transportation is also available from Immokalee High School to Palmetto Ridge and back. (NOTE: Dates and times subject to change).
Potential Explorers and Cadets must 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 may be required.
Explorers and Cadets 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 and cadets attend Explorer Boot Camp and Delegate state meetings to compete with other Explorer posts, in the State of Florida, on law enforcement procedures and tactics.
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. Explorers and Cadets must maintain a clean discipline history and properly represent the CCSO to maintain their active status in the program.