Learn responsible ATV riding during National Forest Week

In 2019, the National Forest Foundation announced the annual National Forest Week, a weeklong celebration to raise awareness of this country’s 193-million-acre National Forest System and all its benefits. This year, National Forest Week will be July 11-17.

Polaris, the official all-terrain vehicle (ATV) provider of the Boy Scouts of America, is a partner with the National Forest Foundation. Through its partnership, the Polaris Foundation is donating $5 million to the forest foundation over five years, which will provide grants for outdoor recreation projects and conservation work.

Through its foundation, the powersports company has partnered with organizations and riding clubs to enable environmental stewardship. Responsible ATV riding calls for staying on the trail, following the signs and respecting the rights of others who are using the trail.

You can tune in to Scouting magazine’s Trek On Tuesday Facebook Live broadcast on July 12 as Eagle Scouts Jan Rintamaki, vice president and general manager of Polaris Adventures, Benjamin Johnson Polaris systems lead engineer, and Scott Sender, Polaris finance manager, will talk about Polaris’ ATV safety partnership, environmental stewardship goals and responsible riding.


When you’re driving an ATV, it’s vitally important to wear a helmet. A poorly fitted helmet won’t provide the best protection. You’ll want the helmet to fit snugly on your head, and not shift when you move your head.

So, let’s see your “helmet hair.” Polaris is hosting a contest with the BSA this summer called #HelmetHairDontCare. Simply send a photo of your wild helmet hair, share it on Instagram using the hashtag #HelmetHairDontCare or complete this Scout Life magazine safety quiz for a chance to win awesome prizes, like a helmet, bag, goggles and gloves.

The quiz reviews the ATV Safety Institute’s 7 Golden Rules. For more details on how to enter, visit go.scoutlife.org/Polaris.

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Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.