Driving, Transporting Scouts and / or Gear
Drivers are expected to follow all traffic rules and all policies of the Boy Scouts of America and policies set forth in the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Policies. It is important to understand that, if there is an accident and you are the driver, you / your insurance is expected to cover the costs and damages of the accident including replacement of gear and medical expenses of passengers. Make sure you have appropriate insurance coverage.Some basic rules:

  • Everyone in the vehicle must be in a seat belt, regardless of age
  • There must be a stop of at least 1 hour at least every 4 hours
  • There is no smoking, drugs, alcohol or any other substance allowed in the vehicle and consumption is restrict
  • All drivers are required to show a copy of their driver’s license and auto insurance.
  • All driver’s must sign the driver’s pledge

The Driver’s Pledge

  • I will not text or talk on my phone while I am driving. Texting and talking take my eyes off the road, hands off the  steering wheel, and my mind off what I am doing.
  • I will put my phone in my backpack or in the glove box before I get behind the wheel. I will only check it when I have safely parked the vehicle.
  • I will not become distracted by things going on inside and outside the vehicle. I will concentrate on my driving and my travel plans.
  • 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 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 and drive only 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.

I am the only person who can make these decisions for me. I will:

 

  1. Follow this driver’s pledge.
  2. Be risk ready.
  3. Do everything that I can to keep Scouts safe.

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