Rev up Polaris ATV fun at a council camp near you

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:

ALABAMA

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

FLORIDA

IDAHO

INDIANA

KANSAS

LOUISIANA

MARYLAND

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA

MISSOURI

NEBRASKA

NEW MEXICO

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

OHIO

PENNSYLVANIA

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

WISCONSIN

WEST VIRGINIA

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.

Stay safe

Polaris is a member of ATV Safety Institute and strongly encourages the institute’s “Golden Rules“:

  • 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.

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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is associate editor of Boys’ Life, Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines.