Most of us will be travelling this summer. We might be going on a vacation, heading out to camp, or taking a weekend visit to see relatives. So this is a good time to review travel safety rules with our kids.
Some of these might seem really common sense, but young children might not be aware of them. These would fit in well with Bear Achievement 10a, Webelos Traveler activity badge requirement 11, or requirement 3 for the Family Travel pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. This could also be used as part of a safety notebook for requirement 2 for the Webelos Fitness activity badge.
Travel Safety Checklist for Cub Scouts
When traveling by car
- Always wear a seatbelt. There should be one seatbelt for each person. Never buckle two people in with one belt.
- Never ever ride in the cargo area of a van, station wagon, or pickup truck.
- Don’t distract the driver. Take some toys or games to keep yourself occupied so the driver can focus on driving.
- Don’t travel in a car which is not in good repair.
- Be aware of what is going on around you, especially when you are entering and exiting the car.
- When exiting a car parked on a road, always exit on the side next to the sidewalk or the shoulder of the road. Never exit on the side which has traffic driving past.
When traveling by public transportation (plane, train, bus, boat, etc.)
- Always stay with your group. Pay special attention to this when boarding and leaving.
- If you need to use the restroom, take an adult with you.
- Have a designated place to meet, just in case you do become separated.
- Have your parents point out the people who can help you, like security officers or attendants.
- Keep your parent’s contact information in your pocket.
- Only talk to other passengers if your parents are with you. Don’t give other passengers personal information about yourself (last name, phone number, etc) when you are talking to them.
- Keep your luggage stowed where it belongs. Make sure anything valuable is stored out of sight.
- Never take anything which resembles a weapon on public transportation. If you have your pocketknife with you, it should be packed in your luggage and never taken out.
- Be aware of what is going on around you. Pay attention to any rules which are explained by the attendants.