Under New BSA Transportation Policy, Drivers Must be Licensed and at Least 18

Posted on February 13, 2017 by 


The Boy Scouts of America’s updated transportation policy now requires all drivers to be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license.

Scouting youth under age 18 are not insured under the BSA’s commercial general liability policy and cannot be allowed to drive to or from Scouting activities.

This includes an under-18 Scout or Venturer driving himself or herself to a Scouting event, even if he or she is the only one in the car. It includes short trips across town and long trips across the country.

There are no exceptions, and the new policy is effective immediately.

Previous exceptions to this policy, including those outlined in this blog post from 2014, were a source of confusion for volunteers. The BSA is listening to your concerns and eliminated the exceptions to simplify and reduce the complexity of the policy.

As with everything outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting, the purpose is clear: keeping Scouts and Scouters safe.

BSA transportation policy

Read the BSA’s transportation policy at this link. Pay particular attention to the sections on:

  • 15-passenger vans
  • limits on an individual’s driving time
  • hand-held cellphone use

Driving to/from troop or crew meetings

What about a 16- or 17-year-old Scout or Venturer driving to or from a troop/crew meeting? This one qualifies as “not applicable.”

Richard Bourlon, BSA team lead of health and safety, says, “Driving to or from a standard meeting place isn’t an official Scouting activity or part of any tour planning.”

Adds Mark Dama, BSA team lead of risk management, adds, “It’s similar to you going to work and coming home from work. You are not considered an employee at both of those times.”

So, as always, these teens should practice safe driving habits but are neither prohibited from nor required to drive to and from unit meetings.

Easter Candy Sale

Troop 883 is selling Log Cabin Easter candy to support our Troop program.

Featuring Hand-Made Gourmet Products From

log-cabin-chocolates-logoA Baltimore Institution for more than 95 years!

Log Cabin Chocolates is a family owned business that has been hand-making old-fashioned chocolate candy favorites for generations.  They use only the finest ingredients and handcraft their chocolates using recipes that date back over 95 years.  Log Cabin Chocolates has been making and selling chocolates at their facility in Fallston, Maryland since 1961.

Ordering is Easy!

Boy Scouts will take orders from neighbors, friends, and family members until Sunday, April 2.

The Seller (a Boy Scout) will hand-deliver your order on the weekend of April 8/9 – the week before Easter.

All orders must be pre-paid (cash or check).

Make checks payable to “Boy Scout Troop 883”

Link to the Order Form:  Order Form

If you are interested in purchasing Easter Candy to support our Troop program, please email CommitteeChair@BSATroop883.com or call 410.977.2956.

Troop Historian Report on This Weekend’s Outing

After meeting at the shed on Friday night for packing, we went to Freedom Optimist Hall to complete Module 1 of ILST – troop-level leadership training. We planned some exciting outings for the upcoming year. After we completed that, we went outside to play football, then inside to sleep.
     The next morning we ate, packed up and left for the farm. The drive was interesting because of the fog across the Susquehanna river, arriving at the farm around 10:30. We all started to build shelters and/or put up hammocks which took a good chunk of the morning and a little of the afternoon. Dillon took us on a short hike where we climbed two hills that overlooked the river, found burnable fungus, a radish patch and a deer carcass. We all helped cut firewood, when we started the fire.  Alex hosted it. We had dinner, talked, played card games and went to sleep. Ms.Melissa got to try her new hammock.
Sunday morning we rose at around 7:00, packed up our things and departed at around 9:00 and reaching the church at 10:30.

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Spread the word!

Boy Scout Breakfast to benefit Boy Scout Troop 883

pancakes_tallStack Sunday, January 29, 2017

8 AM to 12 Noon

Formation & Fellowship Center

St. Joseph Catholic Community – Eldersburg


Adults – $7

Children (5 – 12) – $5

Children (under 5) – FREE

Family Maximum – $35


“All You Can Eat” Pancakes

Scrambled Eggs

Breakfast Meat

Milk, Juice, Coffee, Tea


Email:  CommitteeChair@bsatroop883.com

Christmas Ideas

Are you looking for Christmas ideas for your Scout? Here’s some stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank:

Merino Wool socks -wicks in all kinds of weather


Inflatable Solar Lantern

Small Backpacking Stove (Amazon carries one for less than $10 that work well)

A few S- biner clips (small carabiners)

Ultralight Nalgene Water Bottle (Rubbermaid makes one that works well)

Titanium Spork (or even a few plastic sporks)

Tenacious Repair Tape

Travel bottles for Cooking Oil, Condiments



Collapsible bowls like Fozzils or Sea to Summit (Walmart has some in the cooking aisle)

Microfiber Towel

Sea to Summit 3/4 inch accessory straps (These are narrow, lightweight straps)

Plastic Trowel (from the gardening section)

Bushcraft 101 book or even better the BSA Field Handbook

Compression Sack for sleeping bag


Martin’s Cash for Causes Program (a/k/a “Martin’s Cards”)

3212ceee-6dca-4b90-a2d4-941c5b6a43d8Continuing our conversation from last night’s parent meeting, here is an easy way to offset the cost of Troop activities and outings – at no additional cost to you or your family:

Our Troop participates in the Martin’s Cash for Causes program.  

Purchase Martin’s gift cards through the Troop and 5% of your purchase is deposited into your son’s Scout account.  It’s “free money” if you shop (or purchase gas) at Martin’s!

If you spend $100 per week on groceries or gasoline, your son will accumulate more than $250 per year in a Scout account in his name!

Kristen Bird runs the program for us, and any questions can be directed to Kristin at 443.286.4121.

How it Works:

  1.   To purchase cards:
    1. Kristen sends out a note to let the Troop know she is accepting orders for Martin’s cards.  Just let her know the value of cards you would like to purchase.
    2. Bring a check payable to Troop 883 for the face value of the card.   
      1. PLEASE NOTE:  You must pay for the cards before the order is placed.
    3. Kristin will bring the cards to the next Troop Meeting, or you can make alternative arrangements with her to pick them up.
    4. You use the full face value of the cards (just like a debit card) at all Stop & Shop, Giant, Super Giant, Tops, and Martin’s store locations.
  2. Five percent (5%) of the value of the card is deposited into your son’s Scout Account.
    1. The proceeds from the account can be used to pay for Scouting-related items for your son, including:
      1. Trips and outings
      2. Troop dues
      3. Uniforms
      4. Other reasonable, Scout-related expenses

Troop Historian Report – Antietam Hike

On September, 16, 2016, 14 Boy Scouts, six Webelos, and five adults participated in a camping trip at Antietam.

When we got to the campsite, it was getting dark. and we had to carry our supplies through acorn field and a little bit of woods to our campsite. We helped the Webelos set up their tents, and we all ate our cracker barrel around the fire.

We awoke early Saturday morning. Many of the patrols made hot breakfasts. We hiked 10 miles around Antietam battlefield. It was the battlefield’s commemoration of the battle at Antietam. We were able to talk to many reenactors, rangers, and watch live cannon fire.

When we got back, we played man hunt. Our campsite was perfect for it. Many of the adults took a nap. All of the patrols made awesome meals including spaghetti and meat balls, Asian chicken with mango and pineapple, and hamburgers cooked over an open fire with a fixings bar among other things. We relaxed by the fire and eventually went to bed. In the morning we broke down camp, had a Scouts Own service, and returned to Saint Joseph.

It was a perfect weekend with perfect weather!

  • Carter M. – Troop Historian

Antietam Hike and Sharpsburg

The troop hiked the history trail at Antietam this weekend. Starting at the campground, the troop took the Sherrick Farm trail through Bloody Lane  to the Visitor’s Center where an artillery and infantry demonstration was being held. A short jaunt over to Dunker Church and the Infantry encampment was next on the list. The hike continued through the West Woods to the Cornfield. The troop stopped here for lunch while listening to the history of soldier’s clothing and camping equipment from one of the re-enacters. Did you know that the Union jackets were padded? It helped to create a more soldierly profile. After lunch the troop passed the Mumma Farm, Roulette Farm, along the the Three Farms Trail back to camp.

After a rollicking game of capture the flag and a hearty dinner, the troop took a trip to Sharpsburg for ice cream at the nearly famous Nutter’s Ice Cream Shop. While there, a local man told the scouts about growing up in Sharpsburg, and the 40 acre lake that is underneath the town. He pointed out the way to the Sharpsburg Spring around where one of our Troop 883 scout family’s ancestors built the town. Overall, it was a great trip – for the history and the hiking.




Leave No Trace Trainer Course


WHEN:  October 7-9, 2016
WHERE:  Downs Memorial Park, Pasadena, MD
WHO:  Course Director: Beverly Goetz  ScoutMom71@gmail.com




This course is designed to train Boy Scouts (age 14 and older), Venturers, and Adult Leaders to serve as Leave No Trace Trainers for Scouting and the 
wider public.  
(For a Scout to serve in the position of Leave No Trace Trainer,
he must complete the Leave No Trace Trainer Course)
The youth leaders of a busy outdoor adventure program must be able to apply Leave No Trace to a variety of activities in differing environments during all seasons of the year, all done in the company of Scouting youth and adults with varying levels of outdoor skills, self discipline and commitment to an outdoor ethic.
Additionally, the course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of Leave No Trace to help individuals make and guide others in making good choices to minimize recreational impacts to help protect the wonderful outdoor locations they choose to enjoy.
Individuals planning trips to National High Adventure Bases, Camp Staff members, Unit Leaders, and those in District or Council training positions are urged to attend.