I apologize if this has been talked about before but a search of the forums didn't find anything that answered my question. I am the advisor for a Venturing Crew. The crew suggested going to an indoor go-cart place as an activity.
According to the Guide to Safe Scouting Go-Carts fall under the section on "Unauthorized and Restricted Activities". The paragraph states:
9. Motorized go-carts and motorbike activities are unauthorized for Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs. Go-carting conducted at a commercial facility that provides equipment and supervision of cart operation is authorized upon submittal of a completed tour and activity plan. Participating in motorized speed events, including motorcycles, boats, drag racing, demolition derbies, and related events are not authorized activities for any program level.
The facility provides and requires safety helmets to be worn by all participants. All participants must sit through a safety session on go-cart operations and track rules. And they monitor the track during operation. So it seems to me that they should be able to do this activity at this facility as long as we submit a tour and activity plan.
However, another adult leader said that they had checked with our council and were told that National said go-carts are unauthorized.
I would think that if all go-carting is unauthorized then the statement about "go-carting conducted at a commercial" facility wouldn't be in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Does anyone know what the correct answer is? Again, this is for a Venturing Crew and not a Boy Scout Troop.