New Changes to the Tour Plan

Scout units  have been using some form of tour-planning document—a local or national tour permit, or a tour plan—since the 1960s. In May 2012, the newest version took effect and replaced all previous iterations.

The new TOUR AND ACTIVITY PLAN is simply a planning tool to help leaders be prepared for a safe and fun adventure. It can help you ensure trained leadership is in place, equipment is available, and there is safe and appropriate transportation to and from an event.

Please use the online version of the plan whenever possible. It is a unit-level tool when you sign into MyScouting.org . Find a printable version for those without Internet access on the tour and activity plan FAQ page within Scouting.org. Please review all of the information on the page and the hyperlinks. A video showing you how to submit a tour and activity plan is on the FAQ page and HERE.

If you use the online version, you no longer have to collect signatures or council approval. Complete the plan and certify that any missing requirements will be completed before the trip begins. When you submit the plan online, an email will be sent to your council, chartered organization, committee chair, and your designated emergency contact.

When Is a Tour Plan Necessary?

Defined reasons/times when a tour plan must be submitted:

      a. Trips of 500 miles or more 
      b. Trips outside of council borders not to a council-owned property
      c. Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of 
         the Arrow Conference, or regionally sponsored event 
      d. When conducting 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.)

Who Can Submit an Online Tour Plan?

The application is not available to individuals registered only as merit badge counselors, Scout parents, or Tiger Cub adult partners. Please contact your unit leadership if you would like to update your unit position. Click here for a list of unit positions with tour and activity plan access. 

Questions can be directed to Health.Safety@scouting.org

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