Outdoor Ethics

Outdoor Ethics  –  Leave No Trace  –  Tread Lightly!

Outdoor Ethics

Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for God’s handiwork and humankind’s place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Boy Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature’s resources.

BSA is committed to offering various levels of Outdoor Ethics training to help ensure we conserve our outdoor resources while still enjoying the Scouting program.

Outdoor Ethics Orientation Course

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The 2-hour BSA Outdoor Ethics Orientation Course introduces the concept of Outdoor Ethics (Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly!, and the Land Ethic) to a group with little experience in outdoor ethics in a fun and engaging way. It should help youth and adults at all program levels understand the general principles behind Scouting’s outdoor ethics program.

Leave No Trace

BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course

This 3-4 hours course is a general introduction to the Leave No Trace ethics and skills to those with little prior exposure to it.  The course is designed to help youth and adults at all program levels to understand the general principles of Leave No Trace and how to apply them in the general BSA outdoor program.  It is also designed to give adult volunteers the confidence to assess youth understanding and skills for purposes of signing off on Boy Scout/Varsity Scout Second Class and First Class rank requirements and Venturing Outdoor Bronze and Ranger Award requirements.

Trainer Course

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This 16-hour, overnight course trains interested Scouts (ages 14 and up) and Scouters to serve as Leave No Trace Trainers.  Trainers are the backbone of Scouting’s outdoor ethics program, providing instruction to individuals and units wishing to adopt cutting-edge outdoor ethics into their unit programs.  Trainers are specially commissioned to teach the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course and to qualify individuals for the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card.  Each BSA Trainer course is taught by a recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator, so your Trainer standing is recognized nationally by BSA’s partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Master Educator Course

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This five-day, five-night course trains interested Scouters (ages 18 and up) to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators.  Master Educators work with their council’s Outdoor Ethics Advocate 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 by BSA’s partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Prerequisite:  Leave No Trace Trainer or approval from your council Outdoor Ethics Advocate.

Tread Lightly!

Tread Trainer Course

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This 8-hour course designed to provide a “crash course” on outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized or water recreation. Participants work with Master Trainers on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation and be provided with the tools to conduct workshops. Each BSA Trainer course is taught by a recognized Tread Lightly! Master Tread Trainer, so your Trainer standing is recognized nationally by BSA’s partner, Tread Lightly!.

Awards

Outdoor Ethics Awareness & Achievement Awards:

Cub Scout & Scouters

Boy Scout & Scouters

Varsity Scout & Scouters

Venturer & Scouters

National Medal for Outdoor Achievement

Hornaday Award

 

Scheduled courses will be listed on the Council’s Training Calendar. Please contact your District’s Training Chair if you need help finding a course.  For additional help in locating a course or if you have a specific questions about Outdoor Ethics, please contact the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate at LHCOEA@gmail.com.

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