Q. Why should I complete a tour and activity plan?
A. The tour and activity plan is a planning tool for best practices to be prepared for safe and fun adventure. Completing the plan may not address all possible challenges, but it can help ensure that appropriate planning has been conducted, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure.
In addition, the plan helps to organize safe and appropriate transportation to and from an event, and defines driver qualifications and minimum limits of insurance coverage for drivers and vehicles used to transport participants.
Please complete and submit this plan at least 21 days in advance (check with your local council) to ensure your council has enough time to review the plan and assist as necessary.
When do I need to complete a tour and activity plan?
A. Times when a tour and activity plan must be submitted for council review include the following:
- Trips of 500 miles or more; or
- Trips outside of council borders (exception: not to your council-owned property); or
- Trips to Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Philmont Scout Ranch, Summit Bechtel Reserve (you will be asked to present a copy of your tour and activity plan upon arrival), national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, or a regionally sponsored event; or
- When conducting any of the following activities outside of council or district events:
- Aquatics activities (swimming, boating, floating, scuba, etc.)
- Climbing and rappelling
- Orientation flights (process flying plan)
- Shooting sports
- Any activities involving motorized vehicles as part of the program (snowmobiles, boating, etc.); or
- At a council's request (Overnight Camping or day activites that include more than 4 hours of travel in one day).
Required Trainings for Tour Plans
At least one person needs to complete the required training.
Here are trainings that can be completed at My.Scouting.org
- Climb on Safely: Climbing and Rapelling (Requires seperate CPR/AED Training)
- Planning and Preperation for Hazardous Weather: All activities
- Safe Swim Defense: Swimming
- Safety Afloat: Swimming and Boating (Requires seperate CPR/AED Training)
- Trek Safley: All activities
- Youth Protection Training: All activities
How to find these trainings at My.Scouting.org
- Log into My.Scouting.org.
- Click the Menu button on the top left of the page.
- Then click on MyDashboard.
- Your My Training dashboard will appear. Click on Training Center.
- Now Click on Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting.
- Click on Take Course for the training you want.
You can click on Completions to print certificates from prior courses.
These Trainings need to be completed in person, some with other agencies.
- Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO): Need for Pack Overnighters. In the Great Alaska Council this course is taught in counjution with Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills.
- Basic First Aid: All Activities
- CPR/AED: Should have a couple of people for every activity
- Leave No Trace: Wilderness or backcountry Trips
- Wilderness First Aid: Backcountry Tours