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:
- 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.