Each year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) host the annual Winterfest Competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Explorer Posts from all across the United States attend the competition to compete in various law enforcement scenarios, including active shooter, officer survival, traffic stop, death investigations, fitness course, and much more. In 2018, Explorer Post 916 received first place in the Active Shooter training scenario. Winterfest occurs each February.
Explorer Post 916 is a member of the Florida Association of Police Explorers (FAPE). Each summer, they host the annual state competition. Similar to Winterfest, Explorer Posts from across the State of Florida compete in seven (7) law enforcement categories: traffic stop, crime scene, search and arrest, in progress, crisis intervention, active shooter, and tie breaker. Other categories include pistol shooting, physical fitness, and drill team. The categories are judged my deputies and police officers from across the State and evaluate the Explorers on a magnitude of aspects, including officer safety, command presence, communication, statute knowledge, team work, and basic law enforcement procedures. Only four members may represent their Explorer Post during the events. Our “State Team” consist of four Explorers with two alternates; these Explorers receive additional training to help prepare them for competition scoring and procedures.
Details are community events typically held within the county which allow Explorers to provide direct community service, including traffic control/management. Such events include fairs, races, church events, shotgun shootouts, and other service projects. The Explorers work closely with a number of non-profit groups who are trying to make a difference in our community. Details allow the Explorers to interact with the community while building their communication skills. Explorer leadership ranks will often coordinate job assignments and traffic planning.