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BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, Northern Colorado

June 18-23, 2012

What is a BSA LNT Master Educator?

LNT Logo "The Master Educator course is designed for people who are actively teaching others backcountry skills ... This valuable training is recognized throughout the world ...

"Successful graduates of the Master Educator course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics..."
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
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The BSA LNT Master Educator Course includes the full "generic" LNT Master Educator curriculum, plus "Scouting-specific" curriculum.

"Much of the curriculum added into a BSA LNT ME course is to help graduates become a top-level LNT resource for their unit, district, and council.
A major goal for our BSA LNT ME courses is to graduate effective and active LNT Masters who will return to their home council and conduct the key LNT Trainer courses needed to support their unit, district and council outdoor programs."
Charlie Thorpe, BSA Outdoor Ethics Task Force

Course Format and Schedule

Coral Rock across Weaver Lake Backpacking or Non-Trek Options

Update May 26 - Since we don't have enough participants for the Non-Trek option, we are only doing the Backpacking option. It will be very easy backpacking, with relatively short (1-2 miles) hikes between the sites.

Two different areas of emphasis will be offered. The classroom parts will be together, but the field experiences will be separate:

  • The Backpacking group's field experience will be in the nearby Roosevelt National Forest. Each night will be in a different location, with relatively short (1-2 miles) hikes between the sites.
  • The Non-Trek group's field experience will be in an undeveloped area of the Scout Ranch or adjoining Roosevelt National Forest.
Participants are required to prepare and present a lesson to their group on some aspect of Leave No Trace, lasting a minimum of 20 minutes. Each participant will be assigned a topic or principle several weeks before the course so that they have time to prepare. Participants must also complete an Individual Action Plan by the end of the course. The information on the action plan will also be emailed several weeks before the course because it requires some pre-course work.


  • Participants should plan to arrive by 2:00 pm on Monday, June 18th.
  • The 2-day Base Camp portion (Monday afternoon through Tuesday, and Saturday afternoon) consists of indoor/outdoor training sessions and experiential training.
  • The 3-day Field Experience (Wednesday morning through Saturday morning) will be in the backcountry.
  • There will be additional instruction, and time to complete action plans on Saturday.
  • The course will be finished by 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 23rd.
  • Participants may choose to stay at BDSR the Sunday night before the course or the Saturday night at the end of the course to accomodate their travel arrangements.

Camp Facilities and Meals

The Location
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch offers Rocky Mountain camping adventure on 3,400 acres northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. The rocky landscape amid Ponderosa Pine, Aspen and Rocky Mountain Juniper sits at an elevation between 7,200 feet and 8,000 feet. The Ranch usually enjoys dry days ranging between the high 60's and mid 80's, and cool nights in the 40's to the 60's.

The Soaring Eagle area (pictured at bottom of page) will be our base at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, and the Elkhorn High Adventure Base will host our field experience.

More pictures of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.

All the food for the course is provided. Participants will help prepare the meals as part of the course.

While in camp, showers will be available, and participants will sleep in their personal tents.

During the field experience participants will share a tent with a buddy.

Our closing recognition dinner will be a western-style steak cookout at Soaring Eagle.

Please inform the course coordinator if you have any food allergies or restrictions.


The course instructors are Master Educator instructors approved by the BSA Outdoor Ethics Task Force. They are experienced scouters who are experienced in Leave No Trace outoor skills. Specific instructors will be assigned by the Task Force well before the start of the course.

Who Can Attend?

Participants must:
  • Be registered members of the BSA.
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the start of the course.
  • Have good backpacking or camping skills and experience.
  • Participants must meet the height, weight and blood pressure guidelines set forth in Part C of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record.
  • It is suggested but not required that participants have taken a Leave No Trace Trainer course.

Registration and Payments

  • The registration deadline is June 1st.
  • Please use the online registration form to register, then follow the instructions on the confirmation page/email for how to pay.
  • The minimum course size is 6. At the registration deadline, if your course does not have 6 people, you will be offered a place in the other course (space available) or given a full refund.

Course Cost and Payment:

  • $255
  • A $50 nonrefundable deposit is due with registration.
  • Payment in full is due by May 25. If your full payment is not received by May 25th, your slot may be offered to the next person on the wait list.
  • Fees Include: All food, program materials, use of group camping gear, camping insurance and administrative costs.

Refund Policy:

  • Cancel by May 1 - full refund less the $50 deposit.
  • Cancel by May 25 - $100 refund.
  • No Refunds after May 25.

Health and Medical Requirements:

Eagle over camp
  • All participants and instructors must have a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record Parts A, B, and C filled out by their doctor within 12 months of the course.
  • All participants and instructors must also have the Immunization Record form. (required by the state health department)
  • (Note - We originally listed that Part D is required, but it is NOT.)
  • Participants with any special medical concerns should contact the Camp Medical staff (contact information needed) before coming to camp.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Suggested Gear List

Group gear for cooking, cleanup, water treatment, waste disposal, etc will be provided, but you can also bring your own if you want to.

If you have a laptop computer, please bring it so that you can do your Action Plan, LNT order, etc digitally. For those without laptops, we will have a couple other computers available to share. Please bring your action plan files on the laptop or flash drive, because there is no internet access at camp.


Denver (DIA) is the closest major airport. Allow about 2 1/2 hours driving time between the camp and airport. We expect to be able to provide group transportation from/to the airport for the shared cost of the gas. If you will need transportation to/from the airport, please check with the Course Coordinator before finalizing your travel arrangements.


For More Information:

For questions about the course:
Toby Green, Lead Instructor
Outdoor Ethics Advocate, BSA Central Region
Mark Hammer, Course Coordinator
Outdoor Ethics Advocate, Longs Peak Council
970 669-1034
For questions about registration or payments:
Cindy Batt
Program Support Specialist, Longs Peak Council
A View of Camp Soaring Eagle
A foggy morning view from Camp Soaring Eagle at Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.
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