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BSA and Leave No Trace What’s New. Mark Hammer, Spring 2010 (updated 9/2). BSA Outdoor Ethics - History. Conservation Legacy Outdoor Code – the 5 th “Ideal” (since 1948) As an American I will do my best to: Be clean in my outdoor manners Be careful with fire

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BSA and Leave No TraceWhat’s New

Mark Hammer, Spring 2010 (updated 9/2)


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BSA Outdoor Ethics - History

  • Conservation Legacy

  • Outdoor Code – the 5th “Ideal”(since 1948)

    • 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

  • … Minimum Impact …

  • Leave No Trace (since 1994)

    • build upon the ethic in the Outdoor Code

    • to provide more specific guidelines and skills when acting in the outdoors


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BSA 2010 – Increased LNT Emphasis

  • New Advancement Requirements

  • New Junior Leadership Position

  • New Advocacy Positions

  • New Courses

  • New BSA Outdoor Ethics Website


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New BSA Rank Requirements

  • Second Class

    2 - Discuss the principles of Leave No Trace

    3b - On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched. Explain what factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.

  • First Class

    3 - Since joining, have participated in ten 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.

  • Star, Life, and Eagle

    5 - Leave No Trace Trainer is a new qualifying leadership position


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Leave No Trace Trainer

  • New Youth Leadership Position - 2010

  • From bsahandbook.org

    • The Leave No Trace Trainer

      • specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles

      • ensures that the troop follows these principles on outings

      • can help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award

      • should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace

      • Completed Leave No Trace Trainer (16-hour) training

      • Ideally - earned the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges


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Leave No Trace Trainer

  • The Leave No Trace Trainer:

    • Teaches troop and patrol members the principles of Leave No Trace

    • Improves Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision making skills

    • Helps the troop and patrol to prevent avoidable impacts and minimize unavoidable impacts from our use of the outdoors.

  • The Senior Patrol Leader Appoints:

    • Leave No Trace Trainer

      • Scout who has successfully completed the 16-hour minimum nationally recognized Leave No Trace Trainer training course

    • Instructor teaching Leave No Trace skills

      • Scout who has not completed Leave No Trace Trainer training


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BSA Outdoor Ethics

  • BSA Leave No Trace Taskforce (2007-2008)

  • New - BSA Outdoor Ethics Website: (under construction)

    • outdoorethics-bsa.org

  • New - Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

    • Coordinates: Training, Recruiting, Promoting and Reporting

    • Each Council should have at least one: Leave No Trace Master Instructors

    • Each District should have at least one: Leave No Trace Trainers

  • BSA Specialized Leave No Trace Training

    • New - BSA Leave No Trace 101 – 3 hours

    • BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course – 16 hours

    • BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course – 5 day

    • New - Implementing Leave No Trace in the Local Council (Philmont)


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Local LNT Training Opportunities

  • BSA LNT Trainer Courses (Friday evening, all day Saturday - $25)

    • October 15-16, 2010 - Cheyenne

    • April 8-9, 2011 –Camp Patiya, Boulder

  • BSA LNT Master Educator Courses(5-day course - $300)

    • October 4-9, 2010 - Philmont

    • More in other states …


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LNT Resources

  • Longs Peak Council website:

    longspeakbsa.org/conservation/LNT

    • The web page has current news, links to LNT resource, classes, contacts, ...

  • Contacts:

    • Your District Conservation Committee Representative, LNT Trainers and LNT contacts

      • See website for contact info

    • Mark Hammer, Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

      • meh@LPBroadband.net