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Caravans and Convoys

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  • kr1zan
    In the Guide to Safe Scouting, see the BSA s official web site: http://www.bsa.scouting.org/pubs/gss/toc.html the word caravan doesn t show up. The word
    Message 1 of 1 , May 12, 2002
      In the Guide to Safe Scouting, see the BSA's official web site:
      the word "caravan" doesn't show up. The word "convoy" does.

      I've always been led to believe that what is being discouraged is
      traveling in a single file order on the highway, similar to military
      units, so that no other vehicles can get in between, perhaps on the
      shoulder of the highway. Even though it can be argued that this is
      an efficient and safe way to travel, specialized skills are required.

      Many units travel in what is often called "caravan" in which a
      reasonable distance is placed between vehicles, 1/4 to 1/2 mile or
      more, so that if anyone required assistance, another could help. The
      use of radios for communication facilitates traveling in "caravan" so
      that visual contact with the car in front isn't necessary and
      distances can be increased.

      I've always preferred that units travel as Patrols, with at least two
      vehicles per Patrol. The Patrols set their own departure time, plan
      rest stops and meals, and have a joint planned arrival time at the
      overnight stop or final destination. After all, this is the Patrol
      method. It's important to plan and establish appropriate
      communications systems (i.e., point of contact, cell phone numbers,
      frequencies, etc.) to facilitate emergency or operational messaging.

      Troops and Crews often use a single trailer to carry gear and cars to
      carry passengers. Because of this, there is typically a single
      meeting place for loading the trailer and assigning rides to cars and

      No matter what method is used, this discussion should have prompted
      all of us to review the BSA "Guide to Safe Scouting."

      Yours in Scouting,
      Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN
      Advisor, Venturer Crew 73 - K5BSA
      Plano, Texas
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