Winterfest 2018

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has chartered a law enforcement Explorer Post for approximately 20 years.  The Explorer Program is a division of the Boy Scouts of America, but is open to both boys and girls age 14 through 20, that are interested in learning more about law enforcement and team building. The program instills ethics, good conduct, respect for others, and honesty which are the values of the Boy Scouts of America and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.  The Explorers train year-round to compete each February at Winterfest, which is a national competition held in Gatlinburg, TN.  Winterfest is growing each year; in fact, this year it was reported to be the largest turnout in the competition’s history with over 3,500 in attendance.  There were 103 teams competing, representing 85 agencies and 14 states.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Explorers competed in the following events and the results are as follows:

  • Drug Identification 1st place
  • Suspicious Death 4th place
  • Crime Scene Investigation 14th place
  • Written Exam 16th place
  • Active Shooter 24th place

We are very proud of their accomplishments and they are aware of the areas in which they need to improve to do better next year.  If you know or have a child that has an interest in a law enforcement career and would like to participate in our Explorer Program, please contact Lt. Elmer Horn at 770-486-1200 or by email at for more information.