(UPDATED 8/20/02)

Insurance Information for Learning for Life Volunteers

Listed below are brief outlines of insurance coverage provided by or through the local Learning for Life office:

Comprehensive General Liability Insurance

This coverage provides primary protection for the Learning for Life office, all Learning for Life professionals and employees, and participating organizations of Explorer Posts and Learning for Life groups.

The general liability insurance provided for Learning for Life volunteers is excess over any other insurance the volunteer might have to his or her benefit, usually a homeowner's, personal liability, or auto liability policy. There is no coverage for those who commit intentional or criminal acts.

By providing insurance coverage to volunteers on an excess basis, we are able to purchase higher limits. Because of the high limits, volunteers should NOT be placed in a position where their assets are jeopardized because of a negligence liability claim or lawsuit arising out of an official Learning for Life activity.

Automobile Liability Insurance

All vehicles MUST be covered by a liability insurance policy. The amount of this coverage must meet or exceed the insurance requirement of the state in which the vehicle is licensed. (It is recommended, however, that coverage limits are at least $100,000). Any vehicle carrying 10 or more passengers is required to have limits of $100,000/$500,000/$100,000 or a $500,000 single limit. In the case of rented vehicles the coverage requirement can be met by combining the limits of personal coverage carried by the driver with coverage carried by the owner of the rented vehicle. All vehicles used in travel outside the United States must carry a liability insurance policy that complies with or exceeds the requirements of that country. The automobile liability insurance is excess of the insurance the owner of the auto carries.

An Learning for Life local outing permit found in the Safety First Learning for Life Guidelines is required when posts or groups travel overnight or outside their Learning for Life area. A national Learning for Life outing permit is required for all trips of more than 500 miles. These permits should list the drivers' names and limits of automobile liability insurance carried.

Travel to and from a regularly scheduled meeting is not considered part of an official Learning for Life activity and is not covered by the general liability insurance policy. However, transportation planned in advance, as part of the activity, and documented on the approved outing permit is covered.

Accident and Sickness Insurance

Explorer posts are encouraged to purchase an accident or accident and sickness policy if such a policy has not already been purchased by the local Learning for Life office.

There are approved unit accident insurance plans offered by many companies. To enroll in one be sure to tell them you are an Learning for Life Explorer post. For a list of potential companies, call your local office.


Common Questions Dealing With Liability Issues in Exploring

Aviation Explorer posts cannot operate aircraft as transportation. Basic orientation flights of 25 miles or advanced orientation flights of 50 miles are allowed provided they submit an approved flying permit. For more information, see the Learning for Life/Aviation Web site at www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/aviation.
Fire and Emergency
Explorers may not be substituted for trained personnel, can only be mobilized as a post with leadership, and are not on call individually. When riding, they must be seated with a seat belt (never on the back of a fire truck standing) and cannot drive a department vehicle. Clear and specific departmental guidelines must be written on what an Explorer may do at the site of an emergency.
Emergency and Health Careers
Explorers may ride in emergency vehicles but must be seated and wear a seat belt. Specific guidelines must be established as to what they are allowed to do at the site of an emergency. For more information, check the Fire and Emergency or Health Careers Web site: www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/health
Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement Explorers should never be placed in a situation that would present the appearance of them being a legal law enforcement officer. Explorers should not drive a marked police vehicle (unless in an approved competition or training). All Ride-Along programs must be certified by the National Law Enforcement Exploring Ride-Along Committee. Explorers under 18 years of age can not participate in the Ride-Along program between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

Explorers are not permitted to carry offensive or defensive weapons to include firearms, tasers, nightsticks, batons (collapsible or otherwise), saps or sap gloves, tactical flashlights that may be used as a nightstick or baton), knives with blades in excess of four inches, chemical repellents or electrical shock devices.

Explorers are not to be used to perform covert/undercover acts. If an individual participates in such acts he or she does so as a private citizen, not as an Explorer. Post-hosted events involving other posts must have the approval of the local office. All shooting activities, including training, must be under the supervision of a National Rifle Association-certified instructor or the firearms instructor of a local, state, or federal agency. For more information, check with the Law Enforcement Exploring Web site: www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/lawenforcement
Skilled Trades
Chain saws and mechanical log splitters may be authorized for use only by trained individuals over the age of 18 provided they use proper protective gear and according to local laws. Mechanical and power tools are to be used only under the supervision of a trained adult adviser and only after training on proper operating techniques. For more information see the Skilled Trades Exploring Web site: www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/skilledtrades.

Note: For further information on liability insurance, contact your local Learning for Life office. More information may be obtained on the Learning for Life Web site at www.learning-for-life.org. Each Exploring cluster also has vital information dealing with safety and policy issues. Local offices may also find additional information on the intranet.

Safety First Learning for Life Guidelines

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