Your Scout is looking forward to new experiences and lots of fun at summer camp — one of which can be driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).
Every year, Polaris Industries donates 150 ATVs to select BSA council camps. It’s part of a 10-year partnership with the BSA, started in 2014, that provides top-of-the-line off-road vehicles, safety equipment and training to help deliver an exciting program for youth. This year, the camps outfitted with ATVs will be:
- Kia Kima Scout Reservation, Hardy, Ark.
Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley, Valley Springs, Calif.
Camp Shands, Hawthorne, Fla.
- Camp Grizzly, Harvard, Idaho
- Ransburg Scout Reservation, Bloomington, Ind.
- Falley Scout Reservation, Oskaloosa, Kan.
- Lost Bayou Scout Camp, Landry, La.
- T.L. James, Downsville, La.
- Kinsey Scout Reservation, Stonewall, La.
- Owasippe Scout Reservation, Twin Lakes, Mich.
- Many Point Scout Camp, Ponsford, Minn.
- Camp Lewallen, Silva, Mo.
- Camp Cornhusker, Du Bois, Neb.
- Gorham Scout Ranch, Chimayo, N.M.
- Wehinahpay Mountain Camp, Sacramento, N.M.
- Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, N.M.
- Griswold Scout Reservation/Camp Bell, Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.
- Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, Camden, Ohio
- Camp Berry, Findlay, Ohio
- Camp Falling Rock, Newark, Ohio
- Hidden Valley Scout Reservation, Loysville, Pa.
- Resica Falls Scout Reservation, East Stroudsby, Pa.
- Heritage Reservation, Farmington, Pa.
- Camp Acahela, Lake Ariel, Pa.
- Camp Old Indian, Travelers Rest, S.C.
- Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, Custer, S.D.
- Trevor Rees-Jones Scout Camp, Graford, Texas
Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, W.V.
You can find a map of each camp here. One of the great aspects of the program is that, depending on the camp, your unit could book a riding experience during other parts of the year. Just contact a council leader from the list of camps to see if that option is available.
- Always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
- Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV.
- Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
- Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed. Follow speed limits and trail conditions for which they are meant to operate.
Scouts and Venturers age 14 and older may drive ATV equipment only at council-run ATV programs after receiving safety instruction from an institute-trained instructor. Trained instructors can be found at the camps listed above. Upon completing the instruction, Scouts can receive a safety patch and certificate.
With the exception of council-run ATV programs, ATVs, UTVs, and side-by-sides are banned from program use, a restriction that includes their use within units. Read more at this BSA Safety Moment page.