Tour Plan

The “Adventure of Scouting” … Every Cub, Scout and Venturer delights in the adventure of a hike in the woods. They love to explore caves, climb hills, float a new river, and travel to unknown territory. These adventures become positive, memorable experiences for our young members only when a unit holds to the Scout Motto….”Be Prepared.” The Tour Plan is designed to help ensure that your unit is properly prepared to handle the risk factors of your adventure, that qualified and trained leadership is in place, and that the right equipment is available for the adventure of a lifetime.

To assist in the development of your Tour Plan, it should be filed at the Council Service Center at least THREE WEEKS (21 days) in advance of the trip and is required for the following trips:

  • Trips of 500 miles or more
  • Trips outside of council borders
  • Trips to any national high-adventure base, national Scout jamboree, National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve or a regionally sponsored event.
  • When conducting any of the following unit activities not associated with a council or district event:
    • 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.)
    • At the council’s request
  • Trips to facilities that require a Tour Plan, such as military bases, state parks, etc.
  • When units have ­pre-registered to attend a Heart of America Council or district event (Camporees, Summer Camp, Day Camp, Webelos Camp, etc.) a Tour Plan is not required.

How to File Your Tour Plan

All Tour Plans are to be filed electronically through MyScouting.org. A link to the Tour Plan is found at the upper right-hand corner of the front page of the Council Website at hoac-bsa.org.

There is a video tutorial as well as resource links on this site to assist you in the process to complete your tour plan You can also view the Tour Plan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Other Resources

Tours and Expeditions (#33737), Guide to Safe Scouting (available online from our website) are excellent publications at the BSA, which explain the approved methods for planning and conducting safe Scouting activities.