All-terrain vehicles combine dirt and a motor — what’s a Scout or Venturer not to like?
Recognizing this winning mix, the BSA launched council-level ATV programs at camps across the country. And today, Polaris — a leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles — enters a 10-year partnership with the BSA, providing top-of-the-line ATVs, side-by-sides (SxS) and safety equipment to help deliver this exciting program to even more youth.
Driving down a dirt trail doesn’t replace the rugged adventures of exploring on foot, but it does add diversity — not to mention horsepower! — to current activities available at BSA properties.
Now, with the help of Polaris, Scouts and Venturers age 14 and older will not only learn to drive the crème de la crème of ATV equipment, but they’ll also receive safety instruction vetted by a company with 60 years of industry expertise.
This new partnership arrives on the heels of a national pilot ATV program hosted at several Scout camps, including Northern Star Council’s Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Polaris donated ATVs and safety gear to the Wisconsin camp, which taught hundreds of Boy Scouts ATV safety, basic riding and maintenance skills.
Scott Wine, Polaris chairman and chief executive officer, says, “We are encouraged by the success of the pilot and look forward to expanding the course to a national level.” The instructional course will involve safety lessons that will focus on responsible riding, as well as a respect for the environment.
What’s that mean for your Scouts or Venturers?
If your troop or crew wants to get started, check with your council to see if they offer the ATV program. With the added boost from the new partnership with Polaris, this popular activity could be headed to a local camp near you soon.
Above: The Phoenix 200 will be one of several easy-to-use ATVs at participating BSA councils, as well as the Sportsman 570 (right). Images courtesy of Polaris.