Leave No Trace Trainer Course


Virginia Headwaters Council is excited to be offering a Leave No Trace Trainer Course for 2022.  Leave No Trace is integrated into every Scouting Program—every Pack, Troop, Team, Crew, and Ship should have a Leave No Trace Trainer.  Participants learn Leave No Trace principles, skills, and ethics through a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on activities. They learn and practice techniques for teaching these concepts. Those completing the course will be a BSA Leave No Trace Trainer, recognized by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

When: 28-30 October 2022

Who:  This course is for any BSA registered Adult or Youth age 14 & older who will teach Leave No Trace to others.  The course is highly recommended for members of the Council's outdoor skills training teams who teach IOLS, BALOO, and Leader Specific Training. It is also ideal for Scouts holding the Outdoor Ethics Guide position of responsibility as well as Camp Staff.

Where:  Camp Shenandoah, 222 Boy Scout Lane, Swoope, VA 24479

Cost: $50 [Includes trainer packet, mug or water bottle, trainer pin, cathole trowel, food, and course materials] payable via PayPal or in person at check-in.

What you will learn:  This course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and outdoor ethics, and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. On completion of this course, participants will be qualified to lead Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace awareness courses and activities to award the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.

Schedule: Course material will be delivered between 5 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Sunday.  Participant check-in begins at 5 pm on 13 May.  A detailed course schedule will be provided on check in.

Participant Preparation:  Participants will be expected to give a 5 minute presentation on one of the seven Leave No Trace principles.  Topics and a list of resources will be provided to participants by the Course Director at least 1 week prior to the start of the course.

For More Information: Contact the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate, Sarah Lindegren at sarah.lindegren@gmail.com.

To register, go to: https://forms.gle/2oCADnuoJ9JZeFyW6