Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: road rallies
Re: road rallies
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 11:16:20 -0500
Auntie Beans Wrote:
>"Please check your Guide to Safe Scouting--1999 revision, page 30.
>((boldface))"Motorized speed events including motorcycles, demolition
derbies, and related events are not authorized activities for any program
>I take this to mean that the BSA doesn't want Scouts *in motorised vehicles
in any sort of competition.* Road rallies would meet this criterion, although
they are not as intuitively risky as motorcycling or demo derbies.
I disagree with the interpretation of the above clause to include Road
Rallys. The Exploring Division produced an "Safe Driving Road Rally" kit
that has been used by many EPA's & Exploring Divisions over the years.
While I do recall hearing of the ban in the early 1970's from the oil
crisis, I know we were allowed to operate one in 1981 in my council the
year I was EPA President.
It is very important, and I need to stress this. A Road Rally is NOT A
RACE. I view the clause above to indicate that you could not have a drag
race, or any kind of a sanctioned race as an Exploring event. Despite the
BSA's recent coziness with the NASCAR people and their cover story in Boy's
Life last month, it is not an approved Exploring / Venturing activity.
A Road Rally, on the other hand is definitely not a race, participants are
severely panelized for going too fast, it is a test of driving courtesy,
safety, and skill. How well can a team follow directions, is their vehicle
in top shape with all safety items present & functional, etc.
A RR involves a lot of coordination and good clues as well as a team of
chekpoint monitors either on CB or (these days I suppose Cellular Phones)
to monitor the progress of the participants.
Certainly, at the least, this is a question that should be clarified by the
BSA through your local council.
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