Explorer Post 601

Who are we?

An Explorer Post is fundamentally a Scout group for young adults, male or female, who are between 14 and 20 years of age and have completed the eighth grade. Chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, Explorer Post 601 is a function of the Sheriff’s Department that puts young people, who are interested in law enforcement, in direct contact with deputies.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Explorers Post 601 is to develop and shape our young people into becoming responsible adults and exposing them to the law enforcement field by teaching them discipline, leadership and accountability. This mission will be accomplished by teaching our Explorers on how to make ethical decisions, maintain physical and mental fitness, develop contacts for future employment options as well as apply policing strategies and problem solving techniques to serve and protect their communities.

What Do We Do?

Explorer Post 601 meets at least once a week at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.  Explorers are instructed on different topics related to the law enforcement field including: conducting traffic stops; completing paperwork; investigating traffic collisions; serving warrants; legal knowledge; and physical fitness and many more law enforcement activities. Explorers get hands on experience through a variety of scenarios acted out by other Explorers and Post Advisors.

Explorer Post #601 hanging out with the 2016-2017 University of South Carolina men’s basketball team.

 Our Requirements

  To become an Explorers participant, you must:  

  • Obtain parent’s permission
  • Be between ages 14 and 20 years old
  • Must pass all academic courses
  • Be interested in Leadership
  • Submit an application and  be selected for an interview with Advisors
  • Please contact Melissa Offutt at Moffutt.yap2016@yahoo.com or 803-239-6268

Benefits to Our Training

  • Become an Explorers Post 601 Scholarship Recipient
  • Exposure to Real-Life Law Enforcement Activities through Ride-a-Longs
  • Establish contacts for future law enforcement employment
  • Job Offers from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department
Special Duties

Explores Post #601 completing two day training while at Camp McCrady Training Center.



Melissa Offutt

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