Leave No Trace
"Leave No Trace" is a nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics
education program. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to this
program. The principles of Leave No Trace are not rules; they are
guidelines to follow at all times.
The Leave No Trace principles might not seem important at first
glance, but their value is apparent when considering the combined
effects of millions of outdoor visitors. One poorly located campsite or
campfire is of little significance, but thousands of such instances
seriously degrade the outdoor experience for all. Leaving no trace is
everyone's responsibility at every Scouting program level.
Leave No Trace Resources and Recognitions
BSA has a number of mechanisms in the outdoor education program to
instill understanding of our responsibilities for environmental
stewardship. These include:
|LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINER
New to Boy Scout Troops in
The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace
principles and ensuring that the troop follows these principles on
outings. He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award. He
should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No
Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training and
earned the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.
Teaching Resources and
The mission of T.R.A.I.L. Boss is to teach volunteer leaders
specialized skills for training and leading volunteer crews involved
in conservation projects resulting in environmental education and
greater stewardship of cultural and natural resources.
The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to -
- Be clean in my outdoor manners.
I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
I will take care of it for myself and others
I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams,
fields, woods, and roadways.
- Be careful with fire.
I will prevent wildfire.
I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is
I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my
- Be considerate in the outdoors.
I will treat public and private
property with respect.
I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
- Be conservation minded
I will learn how to practice good
conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands,
wildlife, and energy.
I will urge others to do the same.