Outdoor Ethics

About Outdoor Ethics

As one of the largest users of the great outdoors, members of the BSA can have the single largest impact, either negatively or positively, on our natural resources. The Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scout programs all include outdoor stewardship, care for the environment, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! as part of their outdoor ethics programs.  

News and Upcoming Events

Leave No Trace Trainer Course.  The Leave No Trace Trainer Course will be held in person 11-13 September 2020 at Camp Shenandoah.  Click here for detailed information and registration.  Contact Sarah Lindegren if you have any questions.

Register Now!  The 2020 Outdoor Ethics Conference will be held 9-14 November 2020 at Camp Durant, Carthage, NC.  For detailed information and registration information, go to http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/OEConference/.

Outdoor Ethics Training

There are many ways for our youth and adults to get training in our outdoor ethics programs.  For a comprehensive list of Leave No Trace Trainer and Leave No Trace Master Educator training events, visit http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/.

Outdoor Ethics Orientation:  This 60-90 minute course introduces the concept of Outdoor Ethics in a fun and engaging way to a group with little experience in outdoor ethics. It should help youth and adults at all program levels understand the general principles behind Scouting's outdoor ethics program.  Can be held at any time by anyone who has previously completed this course and the Leave No Trace Online Course.

Leave No Trace 101 - Awareness:  This 3-4 hour class is designed to help youth and adults at all program levels to understand the general principles of Leave No Trace and how to apply them in the BSA outdoor program.  The next course is scheduled for February 2020.  Also offered weekly at Summer Camp.

Leave No Trace Trainer:  This 16-hour, overnight course trains adults and youth ages 14 and up to serve as Leave No Trace Trainers.  It is recommended training for the Outdoor Ethics Guide troop junior leadership position, as well as camp staff, members of the council and district outdoor program and training teams.  Offered upon request.

Leave No Trace Master Educator:  This 5 days/nights course is for developing Master Educators who will instruct Leave No Trace Trainer Courses.


Get recognized for all you do for Outdoor Ethics!  Find more information and applications for BSA’s Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and Outdoor Ethics Action Award for Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Scouters by visiting http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/awards/.

Related Links

BSA Outdoor Ethics

Leave No Trace Video - National Park Service: YouTube

Leave No Trace Online Course

Tread Lightly! 101 Online Awareness Course