In 2017 alone, 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents nationwide. Of that, up to 6,000 fatal crashes were likely to be caused by drowsy drivers, while more than 3,000 lives were lost due to distracted driving.
It is essential that adequate, safe, and responsible transportation be used for all Scouting activities. Because most accidents occur within a short distance from home, safety precautions are necessary, even on short trips. Driving is a risk-area that leaders can manage with careful preparation and planning.
Use these resources when planning your outing:
- Driving Safety Resources
- The Risk Zone: Transporting Scouts Safely (PDF) training syllabus
- The Drivers' Pledge (also listed below)
- Guide to Safe Scouting - Transportation Section
- Venturing Out 'Smart Choices' presentation on drinking and driving, created for youth audiences
News: Some 15-passenger vans to be banned
Effective September 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities. Any 2005 or later 15-passenger vans may be used if equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers including the driver. This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership. . Read More
Drivers must be currently licensed and at least 18 years of age.
The commercial general liability policy is excess over any insurance which may be available to a volunteer for loss arising from ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle while engaged is an Official Scouting Activity. Scouting youth (under age 18) are not insured under the Boy Scouts of America commercial general liability policy.
The Drivers' Pledge
- I will not drive when I feel fatigued. I realize that when I am fatigued, I process information more slowly and less accurately and this impairs my ability to react in time to avoid accidents.
- I will arrange my schedule so that several days before a Boy Scout "driving trip," I will get a good night's sleep every night to avoid the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep.
- I will make trip preparations far enough in advance so that last-minute preparations don't interfere with my rest.
- I will make travel plans that take into account my personal biological clock and only drive during the part of the day when I know I will be alert.
- I will be smart about engaging in physical activities during Scouting outings and will make sure that I will be ready to drive alertly.