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Outdoor Ethics

Instilling values in young people and preparing them to make ethical choices throughout their lifetime is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

The BSA's Outdoor Ethic is summarized in the Outdoor Code.

Outdoor Code As an American, I will do my best to:
  • Be clean in my outdoor manners
  • Be careful with fire
  • Be considerate in the outdoors
  • Be conservation minded
OA Awareness Award

What's New

* New BSA Outdoor Ethics Awards

OE Action Award The new Outdoor Ethics Awareness, Action and Service Awards were first announced at the October, 2012 BSA Outdoor Ethics Conference.

The brochures and requirements for the Awareness and Action awards are now available on the BSA website.


* Upcoming Leave No Trace Courses

For Responsible Scouting Outings -- Get Trained in Leave No Trace!

Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!

Scouting has adopted the Principles of Leave No Trace ** and Tread Lightly! to build upon the ethic in the Outdoor Code and to provide more specific outdoor use guidelines and skills.

LNT Logo Tread Lightly! Logo
Princples of Leave No Trace **
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Leave No Trace IS NOT a set of rules or regulations.

Leave No Trace IS

  • an ethic, an attitude and a set of flexible guiding principles
  • respecting and caring for wildlands and wildlife
  • protecting our natural resources and protecting our future recreation opportunities
  • being considerate of other outdoor users
  • being prepared and learning minimum impact camping skills
  • making good decisions whenever we are enjoying outdoor activities

Every outing should be planned and conducted with Leave No Trace in mind!

Leave No Trace has been a program emphasis of the Longs Peak Council since 1994. The Longs Peak Council is an official Partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Outdoor Ethics Resources

LNT Trainer Position Patch

* Leave No Trace Trainer - Troop Junior Leadership Position

The Leave No Trace Trainer is a junior leadership position in the troop which qualifies for the leadership requirements of the Star, Life and Eagle ranks.

* Leave No Trace Trainers

Are you looking for someone to:
  • Teach Leave No Trace Principles to your pack, troop, crew.
  • Lead a Leave No Trace activity at your district camporee or day camp.
  • Teach a 3-4 hour Leave No Trace 101 Course at your Merit Badge University.
  • Promote Leave No Trace at your Scout Show.
  • . . .
See our Leave No Trace Trainers page for the contacts in your area.


* LPC LNT Trainers - Google Group

A forum for anyone teaching and promoting Leave No Trace in the Longs Peak Council, especially LNT Trainers, district conservation chairs and leader trainers.

To join the Group, you will need a Google account. Then sign in and "Apply for Membership" at: groups.google.com/group/lpc-lnt-trainers?hl=en

Outdoor Ethics Awards

New Outdoor Ethics Awards - Now Available!

The brochures and requirements for the Awareness and Action awards are now available on the BSA website.

* Cub Scout and Scouter

* Boy Scout and Scouter

* Varsity Scout and Scouter

* Venturer and Scouter

OA Awareness Award

OE Action Award

The OE Awareness Award patches are available in our Council Scout Shops, and the OE Action Award name badges can be ordered.

Older Leave No Trace Awards - Still Available

Cub Scout Award

Info and Requirements:
  PDF
  BSA Web Page

Cub Scout LNT Awareness Award patch Boy Scout Award

Award Requirements
Brochure and Application

Boy Scout LNT Achievement Award patch

** The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org

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