Polaris encourages next generation of leaders from all backgrounds

You can find off-road adventures at select BSA council camps across the country, thanks to Polaris, the official all-terrain vehicle (ATV) provider of the Boy Scouts of America. Polaris  annually donates ATVs to provide these adventures and ASI Safety Training.

Not only does Scouting offer outdoor fun, but it supports youth in doing their best and making ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. After being a Scout, even for a short time, youth are prepared to be leaders in their communities, nation and world.

Polaris abides by a similar mission in helping people become leaders. Through its foundation, the powersports company is “geared for good,” investing in communities where it does business by advancing community development, youth safety, environment and land access, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

On that last point, the Polaris Foundation supports a variety of youth groups through mentorship and donations.

How Polaris helps

Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s engineers, accountants, service techs, marketing experts and salespeople. To help them envision their futures, Polaris puts forward several initiatives, focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle funds scholarships for the American Indian College Fund, which empowers Native American students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The annual scholarships help cover housing, books, food and incidentals. Nearly 80% of tribal college graduates find jobs that help their communities.

Employees at Polaris, which began in Roseau, Minn., in 1945, also provide mentoring for classrooms in Roseau and Minneapolis through eMentors, an online mentoring program for high-school students.

Additionally, Polaris sponsors STEM programming for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, the Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County, the University of Minnesota Foundation and the Robettes, Minnesota’s first all-girls high school FIRST Robotics Competition Team.

Partnering with Code2College, a college-prep organization that aims to increase diversity in STEM undergraduate studies, Polaris supports students at Grape Creek High School in San Angelo, Texas, to find internships at Polaris dealerships, helping them gain valuable experience in automotive and information technology.

Polaris also helps students explore the manufacturing industry of vehicle design and creation through the Junior Achievement North. The company provides scholarships for talented female high-school students via the Joyce Ivy Foundation.

All these efforts enable youth to step into their careers with confidence.

Explore Polaris adventures

Driving an all-terrain vehicle can be an exhilarating experience for Scouts and Venturers. Those ages 14 and older may drive ATV equipment only at council-run ATV programs after receiving safety instruction from a trained instructor.

You can review this list of camps that will be offering ATV adventures this year. This list includes the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a national high-adventure base in West Virginia, where Scouts can enjoy the Polaris ATV Experience.

Before you seek any off-road adventure, check out the BSA safety moment on ATVs and the Polaris Ride Safe program tips.

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