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

NEW!!!  Introduction of the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award:  The fundamental purpose of the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation.  This will replace the William T. Hornaday Awards, which are being retired.  For more information, go to:  https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/conservation-and-environment/conservation-awards-and-recognitions/bsa-distinguished-conservation-service-award/

BSA National Outdoor Conference - November 5-6, 2021:  The BSA National Outdoor Conference is back and this year it will take place in a virtual platform.  Never before has it been so easy to join fellow Scouters and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country to learn new methods, share ideas, and check out the latest in outdoor gear and programs. This is the conference to take part in if you are involved in any way with outdoor programs and property management in the BSA.  The conference will consist of general sessions with top ranked speakers, elective sessions, an exhibitor fair, networking and more.  Be one of the first 250 to register and you’ll receive a FREE gift valued at over $75 from our title sponsor, Diamond Brand.  Visit here for more information: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/2021-national-outdoor-conference/

Join the Outdoor Ethics Virtual Roundtables:  Looking for more information on how to incorporate outdoor ethics in your Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, and Venturing programs?  Each month BSA’s National Outdoor Ethics Roundtable Workgroup offers a virtual roundtable for anyone interested in Outdoor Ethics.  The next roundtable will be on 8 September 2021.  Visit the Roundtable website here: http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/training/VirtualRoundtables.php for information on both past and upcoming roundtables and topics.

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.  Offered weekly at Summer Camp and by request at the unit level.  Email the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate for more details.

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. The next course will be offered in person in April 2021 at Camp Shenandoah.  Contact Sarah Lindegren if you have any questions.

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

Awards

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 Awareness Course

Tread Lightly! 101 Online Awareness Course