ATV Safety Institute trains 300 at Jamboree
August 05, 2013
The following is an industry press release...
The ATV Safety Institute introduced 311 Boy Scouts to the positive
experience of riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) at the 2013 National
Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Piney
View, WV. Despite several cancellations due to thunderstorms, ASI
conducted a total of 46 ATV RiderCourses throughout the 10-day event,
which marked the first time the BSA authorized a motorized activity at a
ASI offered the ATV RiderCourse to both Scouts and Venturers, young men
and women in Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing youth development
program. Three ASI training ranges were set up to accommodate up to
eight students per class, three times a day. After the Scouts and
Venturers completed the closed-range ASI ATV RiderCourse, they
participated in an instructor-led trail ride through the West Virginia
The BSA’s inclusion of these popular ATVs in Jamboree activities is a
first, and it did not escape the attention of the news media. Visit
ASI’s Facebook page to review all of the media coverage and see some
great photography of Scouts and Venturers in action.
“We are so excited to have been able to offer ASI’s ATV RiderCourse for
the very first time at a Jamboree,” said ASI Vice President Tom Yager.
“Everyone who participated in the training was thrilled with the
enthusiasm and excitement the Scouts and Venturers showed for learning
to ride ATVs. This was an amazing experience for all of us and we look
forward to training more Scouts and Venturers at Jamborees in the
The Jamboree is held once every four years and offers Scouts and
Venturers the opportunity to camp out, try new activities and have fun
in the outdoors. This year was the first time that the event was held at
its new permanent home at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout
“ASI is very excited to have had this opportunity at the Jamboree,” said
ASI Executive Vice President Paul Vitrano. “We’d like to thank the
hundreds of Scouts and Venturers, the volunteers and ASI Instructors who
were in attendance, as well as Tucker Rocky and AFX for donating safety
gear for use by the BSA riders. Finally, we’re extremely grateful to
ASI’s member companies for making appropriate-sized vehicles available
for this large-scale event, where we trained individuals from as far
away as England, Belgium and Puerto Rico, as well as from all over the
To find an ATV RiderCourse and enroll, visit www.atvsafety.org. In
addition to learning safe riding skills on a range, riders can also
brush up on ATV safety principles online with the ATV E-Course, also
available at www.atvsafety.org.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute develops rider training
programs and promotes the safe and responsible use of ATVs. The ASI
works to reduce crashes and injuries resulting from improper ATV use.
Formed in 1988, the ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty
Vehicle Institute of America. For safety information or to enroll in the
ATV RiderCourse nearest you, visit www.atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.