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4-H Youth Protection Policies

Transportation (If parents are not providing transportation for own child or minor is not providing own transportation)

Required for All Drivers

 Meet all requirements set forth in University of Florida Environmental Health and Safety Office for Employees & Volunteers.

 If transporting youth in a 15 passenger van please consult the UF 15 passenger van policy

 Copy of driver’s license and insurance on file.

 All drivers oriented of planned route, provided with maps and directions, have set meeting times & destinations and ability to communicate by cell phone or two-way radio.

Required for All Participants

 Wear seat belts at all times.

 Refrain from behavior that is distracting to the driver.

Liability Coverage

 Assess that adequate liability coverage is adequate

 Accident insurance has been secured for all participants. Contact

 Secure proper liability insurance before transporting youth.

This is under best management practices:

All volunteers and/or parents who transport Florida 4-H participants as a part of any 4-H activity are required to  be 18 years or older, possess a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record and automobile insurance, and otherwise comply with state and local laws.  Additionally, Florida 4-H requires that drivers utilize a transport vehicle that is in good repair and working order.

Transportation to and from many Florida 4-H activities, not a part of the activity, is the responsibility of the participant and his/her family.  Florida 4-H has no ownership or control over any privately owned vehicles and relies on the drivers’ compliance to 4-H policies and procedures.

All operators of UF owned, leased, or non-owned 15 passenger vans shall possess a valid driver license and maintain a good driving record. Operators must attend an approved van operators training session prior to operating a 15 passenger-van (exception: operators that possess a valid Commercial Drivers License, CDL, do not need to participate in the training). Vehicles will be routinely inspected through annual safety checks and operational safety checks. Vehicles will be removed from service if conditions are found that will impair the safe operation of the vehicle or the safety of its occupants.


Under state law, Section 790.115, Florida Statutes, the possession of firearms, destructive devices, other weapons and ammunition (for antique firearms, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles, automatic rifles, and other destructive devices) at any 4-H activity or event is prohibited. An exception is made under University of Florida Regulation 2.001, allowing firearms education classes to be conducted on properties designated for 4-H use provided the firearms are handled, used and stored in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The program coordinator or property manager shall have the right to prohibit or limit the use, handling or storage of firearms on properties designated for 4-H use in connection with approved firearms education programs for the safety of persons on the property.


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