Polaris donates $100,000 in ATVs to youth camps

Publish Date: 
Aug 21, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - Polaris recently donated 28 ATVs valued at $100,000 to two local youth camps along with safety gear.

The recipients were the Boy Scouts of America’s Northern Star Council’s Tomahawk Scout Reservation, the second largest Boy Scout camp in the nation, and the Northwoods Camp, run by The Salvation Army.

The donations are part of Polaris’ long-term partnerships with the two organizations, focused on youth ATV safety practices and outdoor sports.

“Our partnerships with Boy Scouts of America and The Salvation Army offer outstanding opportunities to demonstrate how ATVs can be a positive educational tool for youth,” said Scott Wine, Polaris CEO. “By introducing young people to the sport in a manner that emphasizes the importance of safety and responsible ATV ownership, Polaris can entice a new generation into the powersports community while providing a great experience for thousands of young people.”

The Tomahawk Scout Reservation, located in Birchwood, Wis., is the destination for about 6,500 Boy Scouts, Webelos and adult leaders every summer. The new ATV program at the camp encompasses all aspects of safe ATV operation and ATV maintenance. Boy Scouts enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to earn merit badges for their participation.

The Salvation Army’s Northwoods Camp, located on Elbow Lake in Finlayson, Minn., accommodates more than 3,000 youth campers each summer. The camp offers a wide variety of activities, including swimming, music and archery. The core intention of the ATV program is to teach camp visitors new life skills such as changing oil, repairing flat tires, and other learning experiences that will help youth broaden their skills and build their confidence.

Polaris vehicles available to camp visitors at both camps include the Phoenix 200, the Sportsman 500 H.O., and the Sportsman 550. The Northwoods Camp also will have the Outlaw 50 and Outlaw 90 youth ATVs available to camp visitors.

As part of both donations, Polaris will adjust models as needed and replace older units over time to ensure the camp always has safe, age-appropriate vehicles available.

Posted by Arlo Redwine