Scouting often involves driving Scouts and leaders to and from events and activities. Driving is a risk-area that leaders can manage with careful preparation and planning.
Please consider 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
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.