The Venturing Program is the young adult division of the Boy Scouts of America. Through a partnership with the Seminole County Police Athletic League, Venturing Crew 715 will specifically address at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 16 years of age. Venturing activities include, but are not limited to; camping, hiking, volleyball, dodge ball and a variety of community service activities designed to develop a sense of community and pride. 

Participants in Venturing are required to attend a weekly meeting on Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm; hours may vary depending on the activity. Participants are also expected to attend one (1) all-day Saturday session each month and one (1) camping trip a year. Other activities may also be scheduled as needed.  An activity calendar will be provided as early as possible each month.  You are responsible to arrange your own timely transportation. 

Participants are expected to attend school without unexcused absences, tardiness or disciplinary problems.  Participants are required to maintain passing grades in school. Participants are required to notify Venturing personnel at the next meeting of ANY school referrals or disciplinary action.  Venturing Advisors will obtain school records on all of the above and review with the participant and parent at quarterly meetings that parents are required to attend. 

Participants must remain free of alcohol and drugs, including tobacco. Participants will be required to submit to random, unannounced tests for drugs and/or alcohol. Failure to comply with this requirement is a serious violation of program rules and may result in dismissal of the participant from the Venturing Program. 

Participants are expected to obey all federal, state and local laws and ordinances, including traffic laws.  Failure to do so is considered a serious violation of program rules and may result in dismissal of the participant from the Venturing Program.  If you receive a traffic citation or are involved in a traffic crash, you must report this immediately to the Senior Advisor or the Program Director. 

Our informal disciplinary practice includes physical activity, mainly pushups.  For minor violations you will owe the crew 25 pushups.  For example, if you fail to wear your issued shirt to a meeting you will automatically owe the group 25 pushups.  For major violations the penalty will result in a DEMERIT, which can lead to Operation Right Track (ORT).  ORT is our two (2) day, 12 hour boot camp and parent/teen challenge day. ORT consists of two full Saturdays.  The first Saturday will be for 12 hours dedicated to the youth, the second Saturday will be a 6 to 8 hour session with an adolescent life coach. There is a mandatory $70.00 fee for these two programs.  The parents are required to attend the second Saturday of ORT with the adolescent life coach.  If your child is assigned to ORT there will be a mandatory parent only meeting on Wednesday at 6 pm at the JEC.  The Sheriff’s Work Ethics and Training Program (SWEAT) is held on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. 

Participants successfully completing 12 months in the Venturing Program will be offered three choices: 

1) Withdrawal from Venturing with no further requirements,
2) Enrollment into the Seminole County Police Athletic League Youth Explorer Program,
3) Remain with the Venturing Program and enter the Cadet Cadre Corps.The Cadet Cadre Corps competitively earns rank and is given the responsibility of running the Venturing Crew under the oversight of the Venturing Advisors. 

Participants entering Venturing must enter a plea with the court.  The court will, upon the approval of the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Venturing Program Director, accept the plea, order the youth to the Venturing Program and set a disposition date 12 months after the plea date.  Upon the successful completion of the Venturing Program, the State’s Attorney’s Office will withdraw the plea and Nolle Prosequi the case. 

Participants in the Venturing Program are required to pay an initial $15.00 application fee to the Boys Scouts, due at the time of registration and will be required to pay $5.00 a month for dues to offset the cost of the program (due on the 1st of every month).  A $1.00 late fee will be assessed for each week the dues are late.  The program will incur the costs of any scheduled activities. 

To enroll in the program contact Deputy Dan Demorse, Senior Advisor, at 407-341-9132 or via Email at ldemorse@seminolesheriff.org

The Venturing Program meets at the Juvenile Enforcement Center located at 1151 E 28th Street in Sanford; the building is located at the corner of E 28th Street and Mellonville Avenue. 

Failure to enroll and attend the Venturing Program within one (1) month of your referral from court will result in termination from the program and the return of your referral to the State Attorney’s Office.

Venturing Mission:

To help young people mature through leadership and positive interactions with law enforcement.

Welcome to Venturing!