By Boy Scouts of America
Mar 12, 2016

BSA SAFETY MOMENT: Tour and Activity Plan

Sat­ur­day, April 1st, 2017, the Tour and Activ­i­ty Plan was dis­con­tin­ued. As part of the announce­ment, BSA stat­ed:

The Scout­ing pro­gram, as con­tained in our hand­books and lit­er­a­ture, inher­ent­ly inte­grates safe­ty con­sid­er­a­tions. How­ev­er, no pol­i­cy or pro­ce­dure will replace the review and vig­i­lance of trust­ed adults and lead­ers at the point of pro­gram exe­cu­tion.”

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When units and districts put on Scouting activities, they may need to prepare a tour and activity plan, which is a planning tool for having safe and fun adventures. It guides a tour leader through itineraries, travel arrangements, two-deep leadership, supervision qualifications, required training, and safe transportation.


The tour and activity plan is submitted online at There is a tutorial video to help walk you through submitting a plan. Complete and submit the plan at least 21 days in advance (check with your local council if more advanced notice is required). You can go back online to edit your plan at any time.

A tour and activity plan must be submitted for the following circumstances:

  • Trips of 500 miles or more
  • Trips outside of council borders (exception: not to your council-owned property)
  • Trips to high-adventure bases (such as Sea Base or Philmont), a national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, or a regionally sponsored event
  • When conducting any of the following activities outside of council or district events:
    — Aquatics activities (swimming, boating, floating, scuba)
    — Climbing and rappelling
    — Orientation flights (process flying plan)
    — Shooting sports
    — Any activities involving motorized vehicles as part of the program (snowmobiles, boats)
    — At a council’s request.
         Contact your local council for guidelines as many have set additional requirements.

The tour and activity plan is an excellent tool that should be included in preparation for all activities, even those not requiring it.


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