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Boy Scouts learn trucking safety at Walcott Truckers Jamboree

Professional truck drivers Henry Albert and Jeff Clark talked with Boy Scouts about truck safety during the scouts’ visit to the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. (Courtesy: TRUCKER BUDDY INTERNATIONAL)

The Trucker News Services

7/28/2014

WALCOTT, Iowa — Even the Boy Scouts came to Walcott as Trucker Buddy and the Iowa Council and the Hawkeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America partnered to bring almost 40 Boy Scouts, scout leaders and parents to the recent Walcott Truckers Jamboree here.

Each Scout earned his Truck Transportation and Traffic Safety merit badges for participating in the event.

Expert instruction on trucking and transportation was provided by Matt Slovack, a professional driver for Don Hummer Trucking, who is also an assistant Scout Master and a Trucker Buddy, Chris Hummer, vice president at Don Hummer Trucking, and traffic Department of Transportation safety officer Kundtson.

Following the instruction, the scouts toured the industry exhibits at the Jamboree including stops at the TravelCenters of America truck stop, Bridgestone/Bandag Tires and Exxon. The scouts were also treated to a special tour of the Freightliner Run Smart trucks by Henry Albert and Jeff Clark, who revealed and discussed the trucks’ new technology and fuel-efficient operations.

All of the exhibit personnel provided different insights and examples of new technology and how the trucking industry affects them in everyday life.

 "It is so important that we educate our young people about the importance of the trucking industry,” said Will Moon, president of Iowa 80 Group. "Trucker Buddy does a great job of providing opportunities for kids to learn about trucking, and we’re proud and delighted to be able to support those efforts."

“We traveled two hours for this event, and it was well worth it. Hearing all the presenters speak so passionately about their careers, their first-hand experience, and the industry participants made the event. The tour was great, and we can’t wait to sign up more young men for the event next year,” Thad Regenold, Troop 608 Scout Master of Beloit, Wisconsin.

One scout told his leader that it was an “awesome event” that satisfied his long-time desire to learn more about heavy-duty trucks and their drivers.  

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