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Leave No Trace

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to Leave No Trace, which is a nationally recognized outdoor skills and ethics awareness program. The seven principles of Leave No Trace are guidelines to follow at all times:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Regardless of your favorite outdoor activity,  Leave No Trace skills are important to learn. Leave No Trace courses function like a pyramid. Master Educator courses are at the top of the pyramid and train people to become comprehensive Leave No Trace educators, or Master Educators. Master Educators, in turn, teach the second level, the Trainer Course, to people who become Leave No Trace Trainers. Trainers are then able to conduct the third level of training called Awareness Workshops, which are designed to promote Leave No Trace.

Recently the Boy Scouts of America became an organizational provider of the Leave No Trace Master Educator course. Participants in the BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator course must be at least 18 years old by the end of the course and be registered with the Boy Scouts of America. A BSA Master Educator course is typically six days in length (one week or two 3-day weekends) and designed for Scouters who actively teach others outdoor skills. This valuable training is recognized throughout the world by the outdoor industry, land management agencies and the outdoor recreation community. Successful graduates of the Master Educator course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills as well as facilitate Leave No Trace Trainer courses and Awareness Workshops.

For more information about Leave No Trace, please visit:
http://www.lnt.org/
http://www.scouting.org/Training/Adult/Supplemental/LeaveNoTrace.aspx
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/21-105.pdf
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/21-117.pdf
http://www.scoutingmagazine.org/issues/9903/a-plnt.html