Outdoor Ethics Program

March 15, 2013 @ 12:00 am – March 16, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Double V

Outdoor Ethics Program

“The Boy Scouts of America has adopted the principles of Leave No Trace, which are easy to learn and apply. Every outing and activity should be conducted with Leave No Trace in mind. As young people mature, we will enjoy an increasingly beautiful environment because of the impact of their training in Leave No Trace. As members of the Boy Scouts of America, we should be good stewards of our environment through knowledgeable use of resources.  

…We all must take responsibility for our decisions when we use the outdoors, and we should treat the environment with respect so future generations can enjoy the outdoors as we do today.” -Teaching Leave No Trace (BSA No. 21-117)

Outdoor Ethics is the umbrella term for how a Scout relates to the outdoors.

  • The Outdoor Code is Scouting’s aspirational statement of Outdoor Ethics.
  • To support the Outdoor Code with proven principles and skills, Scouting has incorporated Leave No Trace, for non-motorized outdoor activities, and Tread Lightly!, for motorized activities and shooting sports.
  • The Land Ethic challenges us to be committed to conservation and stewardship of our environment.

Scouting is moving aggressively to reclaim a leading role in outdoor ethics education. Outdoor Ethics, especially Leave No Trace, is gradually becoming pervasive in the BSA’s outdoor programs, training and publications.

The significant progress over the past decade is a result of the hard work and guidance of the BSA’s Outdoor Ethics Task force, with strong support from our partners, the BSA’s national program leadership, and the various BSA program, advancement, training, awards, uniform, supply, … teams.



Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to be:

Clean in my outdoor manners

We will clean up after ourselves using pack it in, pack it out techniques.

We avoid leaving graffiti, fire rings, camp gadgets, and other signs of our presence.

Careful with fire

Fire is an important tool, but one that can be devastating if it gets out of hand.

We think about the need for fire, how best to use it, and how to minimize its impacts.

Considerate in the outdoors

We will think about others as well as ourselves and how our presence impacts them. We think about not just our impact on other humans, but also on wildlife and the environment.

Conservation minded

We will think about our impacts on the environment.

We take steps to correct and redress damage to the environment.

The Leave No Trace ”Three Tiered Training Structure”

The three-tiered structure of Leave No Trace training includes Master Educator Courses, Trainer Courses, and Awareness Workshops.

                                                                                •     MASTER EDUCATOR COURSE

After completion of this six-day course participants become “Master Educators” and are qualified to conduct

Trainer courses and Awareness Seminars

                                                                                •     TRAINER COURSE

After completion of this two-day course participants become “LNT Trainers” and are qualified to conduct Awareness Seminars


These formal training courses range in length from 30 minutes to one day and are a key opportunity to influence Outdoor Ethics at the user level

Scout Awards Program: Outdoor Ethics Awards (NEW)

The Leave No Trace Award has been replaced by the Outdoor Ethics Award. This includes both Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principals. The program has various

requirements based on the scouting program you are in. For more information on this award, go to the following link: http://www.outdoorethics-bsa.org/awards/

Leave No Trace Trainer – Junior Leadership Position

Leave No Trace Trainer is a junior leadership position that qualifies as a leadership position for Star, Life and Eagle rank advancement.

Leave No Trace Trainer – Responsibilities

  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace.
  • Successfully complete the Leave No Trace Trainer training course.
  • Help minimize the troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Help ensure that the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.


Other Notes:

  • A Scout who wants to help teach Leave No Trace in his Troop or Team but who has not completed the 16-hour LNT Trainer course can serve in the Instructor junior leadership position.
  • The Leave No Trace Trainer leadership position is a youth position, not an adult position. Adults are encouraged to become Leave No Trace Trainers (by completing the LNT Trainer training), but they DO NOT wear the LNT Trainer position patch.


Leave No Trace

Scouting has embraced the Leave No Trace program as a core of our Outdoor Ethics.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a key partner.

  • Their Principles of Leave No Trace provide a strong, science-based set of practical tools to guide our outdoor activities.
  • They have strong teaching emphasis with excellent supporting materials.
  • Their system of Master Educators and Trainers provides a model for educating our Scouts and Scouters.
  • Their Skills and Ethics pamphlets are key practical guides to ethical decision-making and skills for many Scouting outdoor environments and activities.

BSA LNT 101 Course

2015-16 Course Dates are on Sunday afternoon at Double V Scout Ranch, Ramada

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December 13, 2015

March 13, 2016

June 12, 2016

September 18, 2016

December 11, 2016

This Awareness Seminar is conducted by Scouts or Scouters who have completed a LNT

Trainer course. This training is credited to individual BSA training records as an official BSA Training. Trainers conducting a BSA 101 Course should submit a Training Attendance Report to the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate. Once approved the Advocate will return training certificates

to the trainer and register the participants with the Council Training Committee and Council Registrar.

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

  • 2015 Course Date: September 25-26, 2015 @ Camp Lawton- CLOSED
  • 2015 Course Date: October 9-10th @ Sierra Vista – TO BE RESCHEDULE TO SPRING 2016
  • 2016 Course Date: September 16-17, 2016 @ Camp Lawton – Save the Date!

This course is designed to train Boy Scouts (age 14 and older), Venturers and Adults (Cub Scout,

Boy Scout and Venture) to serve as Leave No Trace Trainers for Scouting and the wider

public. (For a Scout to serve in the position of Leave No Trace Trainer, he must complete the Leave No Trace Trainer Course)

The youth leaders of a busy outdoor adventure program must be able to apply Leave No Trace to a variety of activities in differing environments during all seasons of the year, all done in the company of Scouting youth and adults with varying levels of outdoor skills, self discipline and commitment to an outdoor ethic.

Additionally, the course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of Leave No Trace to help individuals make and guide others in making good choices to minimize recreational impacts to help protect the wonderful outdoor locations they choose to enjoy.

Individuals planning trips to National High Adventure Bases, Camp Staff members, Unit Leaders and those in District or Council training positions are urged to attend.

Please contact the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate for more information available. Other Trainer Courses may be arranged with the approval of the Outdoor Ethics Advocate.

Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

This five-day, five-night course trains interested individuals ages 18 and up to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators work with their council’s Outdoor Ethics Advocates to provide Leave No Trace Trainer, BSA Leave No Trace 101 and outdoor ethics awareness courses. Each BSA Master Educator course is taught by a set of nationally designated Master Educator Instructors, so your Master Educator standing is recognized nationally the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

  • Prerequisite: Registered Boy Scouter. Leave No Trace Trainer or approval from Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate
  • Instructed by: Nationally-designated Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructors
  • Participants receive: Leave No Trace Master Educator card from BSA, BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course Manual, Leave No Trace Master Educator certificate from the BSA and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

For more information on BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator courses across the country please go to http://www.outdoorethics-bsa.org/training/me_courses.php . Due to agreements with the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethic Center, BSA is able to offer these courses at a significantly discounted rate.

To request a trainer to come out to your unit or area, please contact the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate. Certain circumstances may warrant further accommodations.

Tread Lightly!

The focus of Tread Lightly! is mechanized outdoor recreation, so the BSA has partnered with the Tread Lightly! organization to provide outdoor ethics guidance for our motorized activities and shooting sports.

  • The TREAD Principles provide practical ethical guidance.
  • They have great resources covering a wide range of outdoor activities.
  • Their Tread Trainer and Master Tread Trainer courses support developing effective instructors.
  • Their “Do Your Part” Principle encourages service and stewardship.

Catalina Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate.

Cindy Reilly

BSA Catalina Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

AZ State Leave No Trace Advocate Leave No Trace Master Educator https://www.facebook.com/azadvocateLNT

cdreilly.lnt@gmail.com 520-256-5566 mobile/text