Leave No Trace and the BSA

The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors. Scouting and Leave No Trace share a common commitment to ethical use of the outdoors. The National Council is pleased to announce the following steps that Scouting is taking to enhance the partnership. For more information on Leave No Trace including how to teach Leave No Trace to your scouts visit www.lnt.org

New Boy Scout Second and First Class Rank Requirements

Effective January 1, 2010, the following requirements emphasizing knowledge and practice of Leave No Trace skills and ethics are included in the Second Class and First Class rank requirements:

Second Class

2. Discuss the principles of Leave No Trace.

First Class

3. Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight. Demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.

Boy Scout Position of Responsibility: Leave No Trace Trainer

Also effective January 1, Leave No Trace Trainer is added to the list of positions of responsibility that a Boy Scout or a Varsity Scout may use to fulfill the position of responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle Scout (the omission from Eagle Scout in the new Boy Scout Handbook is a typographical error). The official position description and qualifications for this position of responsibility are as follows:The troop Leave No Trace Trainer helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills. The senior patrol leader may appoint a Scout, 14 years or older who has successfully completed the official 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer training course, to serve as the troop Leave No Trace Trainer. A Scout under the age of 14, or who has not completed Leave No Trace Trainer training, may serve as an instructor teaching Leave No Trace skills until he obtains the necessary training.

Leave No Trace Trainer

In addition to being available for youth leaders in a troop position of responsibility the Leave No Trace Trainer  course can be taken by all interested older youth and adults interested in teaching Leave No Trace and  becoming a Leave No Trace Trainer.

Check our council training page for more information on available trainings and dates


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