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Tour Plans

New Tour and Activity Plan takes affect May 1, 2012

The Boy Scouts of America, National Council will change the Tour Plan procedure as of May 1, 2012, moving the entire process online. The current paper PDF version will no longer be in use.

New Features include:

  • Approval will no longer be needed. Once a complete Tour and Activity Plan is submitted, the unit will print out a Plan to take with them on the trip.
  • Plans will be completed through
  • The website will tell the leader completing the plan exactly what information is needed and will provide links to gather information or take trainings.
  • Tour and Activity Plans are linked to your unit, making it easier to gather information for registered adults.
  • Plans can be stored and copied for future use.
  • Once a plan is submitted, an email will be sent to the Chartered Organization Representative, Committee Chair, primary Tour and Activity Plan Leader, emergency contact and the Council.
  • Signatures on a paper copy will no longer be needed.

If you have questions, please call Council Service Center at 505.345.8603

The tour plan is a checklist for best practices to be prepared for safe and fun adventure. Completing the tour plan may not address all possible challenges but 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 you in updating the plan if it is found defective. When the review is complete, the second half of the plan is returned to you to carry on your travels. 

Q. When do I need to complete a tour plan? 
Times when a tour plan must be submitted for council review include: 

  • Trips of 500 miles or more; or
  • Trips outside of council borders (Exception: not to your council-owned property); or
  • Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Summit Bechtel Reserve, or regionally sponsored event; or
  • 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.) 
  • When staying on State or Federal property

Regardless, the tour plan is an excellent tool that should be included in preparation for all activities, even those not requiring it. It guides a tour leader through itineraries, travel arrangement, two-deep leadership, qualifications of supervision, and transportation. 

Q. What is different on the tour plan vs. the tour permit? 
 Several items:

  • The unit leadership certifies the plan.
  • The local council reviews the plans but does not "approve" them. No regional review is required. 
  • The tour plan consists of a tour planning worksheet that is completed by the unit/contingent. After processing, the council retains the tour planning worksheet and returns the tour plan to the unit. 
  • The plan can be printed on standard 8 ½-by-11-inch paper! 
  • 21-day advance notice requested for units to submit the plan for review. 
  • A single point of contact (not on the tour) for council use included. 
  • Defined reasons/times when a tour plan must be submitted for council review. 
  • Updated Pledge of Performance. 

Q. My council is telling me my plan is defective; what does that mean? 
 It would be best to address that with the reviewer directly so that defects can be removed. In many cases, it may just be that part of your plan was incomplete. Common reasons could include lack of two-deep leadership; training not completed, documented, or expired; excessive daily travel; and not including vehicles with the capacity to carry the tour.

Q.  Is planning and preparing for Hazardous Weather Training required for all tours?  
 Yes, it has been required for all tours, including local and national, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing, since January 1, 2009. It should be repeated every two years and is appropriate for not only adults, but Boy Scout-aged youth as well. A CD is available for use at your unit, district, and council events where Internet access is not available. Search for Item 610642 .  

Q. What should we use for permission from parents?
 The Activity Consent Form and Approval by Parents or Guardian is an appropriate resource. 

Q.  Do I need anything else if we are going on a discovery flight?
Yes, please complete the Flying Plan Application along with an Activity Consent Form and Approval by Parents or Guardian (for each participant).