“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 www.myscouting.org. 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.
- Tour and activity plan FAQs (www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/TourPlanFAQ.asp)
- Tour and activity plan tutorial video (www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/DemoTourPlanVideo)
- Guide to Safe Scouting (www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/gss12.aspx)
- BSA’s Scouting Safely (www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety)
Author: Risk Management | Boy Scouts of America