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Our Partnership with The Scout Association

The RAC's Road Safety Awareness Charity is proud to partner The Scout Association to promote road safety education and to work with the UK’s 440,000 plus Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and their 130,000 volunteer supporters to bring child road deaths to zero.

This is a three year partnership from autumn 2015 which aims to equip every Cub, if not every member of The Scout Association, with the knowledge and skills to keep them safe on our roads and to develop as responsible road users.

Partnership objectives:

  • We aim to reach half a million children and their families by the end of 2018 with our road safety campaign and
  • Increase our community impact through the promotion of road safety campaigns
  • Encourage participation by RAC patrols and colleagues in the campaign building positive links with local Cub and Scout groups
  • Deliver road safety messages in the media and across social channels to reach as wide an audience as possible

Did you know?

Horace has also been working with the THINK! Road Safety Campaign team at the Department for Transport to bring their great training and campaign materials to life and to help to promote the cause at Westminster.

We are delighted that Horace is now enrolling in The Scout Association to be an ambassador for road safety. Together with local RAC patrols he will be visiting Cub and Scout packs the length and the breadth of the country to promote the cause, meet as many of you as possible - and to hear your ideas for making our roads safer for everyone.

The Cubs – Road Safety Badge

The RAC’s Road Safety Awareness Charity is sponsoring the Cub’s Road Safety Awareness Champions badge and will be promoting workshops to Cub packs across the UK.

Did you know?

Every Cub pack which completes the Road Safety Champions’ workshop will receive an RAC Road Safety Awareness Champions plaque for their hut and will be given the chance to name a local RAC patrol van and have their photo featured on the RAC Road Safety Awareness Champions hall of fame.

Be bright, be seen.

Now the clocks have gone back, the nights are darker and the sun rises later so it is all the more important to make sure you are visible to motorists when walking to school, scooting to Cubs or cycling on the road.

Did you know?

During our partnership the RAC Road Safety Awareness Charity wants to raise enough money to give every Cub aged 6 to 10 years a Horace high-visibility vest – that’s 140,000 vests!

Creative challenges

Together Horace, the RAC and The Scout Association challenge you to get creative when learning about road safety and to come up with some exciting ways to promote the road safety message.

Keep watching for more competitions and challenges…

Your first mission … if you choose to accept it is:

Competition – Create an awesome design for a ‘Be bright. Be Seen.’ hoodie design using any artistic medium. You can pick a theme like crossing the road, cycling or avoiding distractions for your design but it must demonstrate the importance of being visible to other road users. You may want to visit this THINK! Resource centre for some ideas.

Use the design template here and when you have completed your design, scan it or take a photograph of it and email a j-peg to: Horace@rac.co.uk. Remember to include the following details: Your Name, Age, Pack details - leader's email address and name, Home Address, email and a contact number.

Win – The winner will have their design printed on up to 30 Hoodies for the Beaver and Cub pack and these will be delivered by Horace and a local RAC patrol who will also present your pack each with a Horace Road Safety Kit Bag each containing a high-visibility vest and other road safety goodies.

There will be two runners up and each will receive 30 Horace Road Safety Kit Bags for their pack.

The closing date for entries is 29th February 2016. Click here for full terms and conditions.

RAC Road Safety Awareness Champions Resources

Night Smart Activity Sheet

Leader's notes

Keep in touch with Horace:

Why not visit and like Horace’s Facebook page facebook.com/horace.champion and share your tips and ideas on keeping safe on the roads. And you can follow him on Twitter @HoraceChampion

You can also email Horace and the team at the RAC on: Horace@rac.co.uk

Links

The RAC Road Safety Awareness Charity and The Scout Association are happy to be working with the THINK! Road Safety Campaign Team at the Department for Transport. Check out their resource packs at here.

RAC Road Safety Awareness Charity

As the motorist’s champion, the RAC is committed to improving road safety and to reducing the number of children and young people injured and even killed on our roads each year.

With this aim in mind the RAC has launched the Road Safety Awareness Charity with an initial investment of £250,000 to further the the RAC’s community objectives and to support young people to help them stay safe around roads and to develop as responsible road users.

The RAC formed its Road Safety Awareness Charity in 2014 to lead its charitable activities and to generate funds to promote and improve road safety in the UK. It was awarded charitable status in 2015 by the Charity Commission with the objective of preserving and protecting health and saving lives by providing education to the public on the subject of road safety. Registered Charity Number 1163960.

The Charity is run by a small team of volunteer trustees drawn from across the organisation and a senior director from Aardman Animations and an independent solicitor.

In 2014 2,082 children were killed (53 up 10.4% on 2013) or seriously injured (2,029 up 5% on 2013) on UK roads. Ultimately we would all want to bring the number of children and young people killed on UK roads to zero.

Book a visit from Horace and your local RAC patrol

The RAC Road Safety Awareness Charity and RAC's patrols have committed to visiting 100 Scout and Cub packs each year to deliver a bespoke road safety awareness workshop. Packs will also have the opportunity to look around a real patrol van and learn first-hand how to stay safe in the event of a break down, and hear how our patrols keep themselves and our members safe on the roads. Horace’s attendance will be subject to availability but he would love to meet as many of you as possible!

Click here to complete a short online form to book a visit from Horace and your local RAC patrol.