Trucker Buddy International, with its partners America’s Road Team, Crete Carriers, Don Hummer Trucking, Freightliner Trucks, Detroit and Frito-Lay, participated in the Boy Scouts’ 2015 Circle Ten Xperience Saturday, November 14, 2015. The event, held at the Texas Motor Speedway brought in over 12,000 scouts, leaders and parents.
Trucker Buddy coordinated with CTX to bring in four trucks and trailers for the scouts to explore, sit in and ask questions of the drivers about technology and their careers. Many young men and women had the opportunity to sit in the seat of a big rig truck and see how a driver lives while on the road. Many asked questions about the engines and weight of the trucks and were amazed how large the sleepers were inside. The opportunity to show thousands of scouts, parents and leaders a positive view of the trucking industry should pay benefits well into the future.
Drivers came from across the country to help out. Our industry should be proud of them and by their professionalism. They gave a firsthand view of trucking and were able to save lives in the future by teaching highway safety.
“The Trucker Buddy program is a great one for all scouts. Your trucks and showmanship were a great addition to our event. You have a great message and mission and many thanks for educating our participants,” wrote Circle Ten Director of Support Services James Parnell. “For your team to come from out of state to help the Dallas area means a lot to our Scouts. We served over 12,400 participants of which 896 in attendance were low income families that received a scholarship to participate. There is no telling how many young drivers actually get parents to pay better attention when they are driving and distracted or speeding. Our Scouts also benefit from Trucker Buddies informative merit badge offerings.”
Truck drivers also benefit from the event, which provides a fun way to relax and show off their unique careers.
“I’m still overwhelmed by the excitement of all who were there,” said Matt Slovack, a truck driver and scout leader. “I felt we made a difference.”