Trucker Buddy International, along with its partners America’s Road Team, Crete Carriers, Don Hummer Trucking, Freightliner Trucks, Detroit and Frito-Lay, participated in the Boy Scouts of America 2015 Circle Ten Xperience (CTX), Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.  The event, held at the Texas Motor Speedway, brought in more than 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 and see how a driver lives while on the road.  Many asked questions about the engines, weight and said they were amazed how large the sleepers were inside. Trucker Buddy hopes the opportunity to show thousands of Scouts, parents and leaders a positive view of the trucking industry will pay benefits well into the future.

Drivers came from across the country to give a firsthand view of trucking and were able to save lives in the future by teaching highway safety.

According to Trucker Buddy Executive Director Randy Schwartzenburg participating in the CTX was a great privilege. “We were honored to be invited to show a large group of Scouts our industry and how important it is to their lives each day,” he said. “America’s Road Team had a truck driving simulator and there was a line of Scouts ready to ‘test drive’ a truck for the first time.  Frito-Lay brought one of their natural gas trucks to the event, and we had a lot of questions about that.  Overall it was a resounding success.  Events like this make our industry better. Of course, every Scout wanted to blow the horn.”

Circle Ten Director of Support Services James Parnell said the Scouts really appreciate the program. “The Trucker Buddy program is a great one for all Scouts. Your trucks and showmanship were a great addition to our event,” Parnell said. “You have a great message and mission and many thanks for educating our participants. 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.”

Drivers who helped make the event a great success were: Matt Slovack – Don Hummer Trucking; Henry Albert – Albert Transport; K.C. Brau – Crete Carrier Corp; Gary Babbit – Central Freight Lines; Tim Vogt – Con-Way Freight; John McKown – UPS Freight; Byron Bramwell – YRC and Lynn Redmon – Frito-Lay.

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Trucker Buddy International

Trucker Buddy International, an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, often called the number one trucking image campaign in North America, has helped educate schoolchildren and introduce educators to the trucking industry. This gives them the world through the eyes of a professional truck driver. The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8 as supervised by their teachers.

After an extensive screening process, the professional truck drivers are matched with a class. As directed by the teacher, drivers share news about their travels with their class. Students write letters and send pictures to their drivers. Students’ skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies and history are enhanced and learning is made fun.

Since 1992, Trucker Buddy International has helped educate more than a million schoolchildren and introduced them to caring, compassionate men and women, professional truck drivers. The ongoing success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers and the contributions of sponsors. There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program. The Trucker Buddy program is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations. If you would like to make a donation, click here.

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