Outdoor Ethics – Leave No Trace

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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.

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

Resource Links

Outdoor Ethics Brochure
LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics
Tread Lightly

Boy Scouts of America
Outdoor Ethics website
Aldo Leopold Foundation

Leave No Trace Trainers

Troop Junior Leadership Position

Did you know that a 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?

Bring Leave No Trace to Your Unit

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.

Find out how to become a part of our Trainer Team on the Leave No Trace Training page.

Outdoor Ethics Awards

LNT Cub Scout badge

LNT Boy Scout badge

LNT Venturer badge

Outdoor Ethics Awards – Now Available!

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.

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

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