Boy Scouts honor Polaris for vehicle, safety instruction efforts

Publish Date: 
Aug 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris Industries Inc. was given an award by the Boy Scouts of America during the company's 60th anniversary celebration, in honor of the original equipment manufacturer's commitment to providing age-appropriate vehicles, equipment and instruction for scouts.

Polaris Chairman/CEO Scott Wine and President/COO Bennett Morgan received a print created by Greg Newbold, who has created cover art for BSA's Boys Life and Scouting Life magazines.

“Polaris, like so many of the partners that the Boy Scouts of America has, represents the best when it comes to the growth of young people,” said Brad Farmer, BSA assistant chief of scouts, during the ceremony. “We are proud of this partnership with Polaris that helps us in our commitment to provide programs that build the character of young people and train them for life.”

The partnership between Polaris and BSA, which began this spring, stems from Polaris’ commitment to promoting youth safety on its products, environmental respect and the benefits of outdoor activities, according to the announcement. Available to BSA’s almost 3 million youth members, the Polaris ATV Safety Program will teach basic riding practices and offer participants a chance to earn safety patches.

Vehicles provided through the program include Phoenix 200s and Sportsman 570 EXTs. As part of the donation, Polaris will adjust models as needed and replace older units over time to ensure that Scouts always have the most up-to-date and age-appropriate vehicles available.

“Polaris is excited to partner with the Boys Scouts of America and work together to implement a program that introduces youth to outdoor sports with an emphasis on safety, responsible riding and respect for the environment,” Wine said.

From a news release