IRVINE, Calif. – For the first time ever, the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) will provide the Boy Scouts of America with ATV training at next week’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree, July 15 to 24 at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Piney View, W.V.
The Boy Scouts started offering ATV and PWC rider training at three scout camps in 2009, then expanded the program to camps around the country in 2011. The program trains about 600 riders a year. ASI will be at the Jamboree to run more than 50 ATV RiderCourses and train up to 408 riders over the course of the 10-day event.
“The ASI ATV RiderCourse is ideal for the Jamboree and for the Venturing program, in particular," said Tom Yager, ASI vice president. "More than 50,000 Scouts, volunteers and staff are expected to be at this event, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce kids to the positive experience of riding ATVs safely and responsibly, as well as to the importance of rider education and training.”
The ASI ATV RiderCourse will be available to participants in BSA Venturing, a youth developmental program for boys and girls ages 13 to 20. Held once every four years, the Jamboree gives the scouting community a chance to camp, meet new friends, try high-adventure activities and enjoy the outdoors. This year’s event is significant because it’s the first Jamboree to be held at its new permanent home at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
“ASI cannot thank the Boy Scouts enough for asking us to participate in the Jamboree,” said ASI executive vice president Paul Vitrano. “We are proud to be a part of this event, and prouder still that more than 400 Scouts have chosen to participate in the ATV RiderCourse. ASI also wants to thank AFX for providing helmets and Tucker Rocky for donating helmets and safety gear for use by the BSA riders, as well as ASI’s member companies for making appropriate-sized vehicles available for this large-scale training event.”
Posted by Holly Wagner