The BSA offers 0utdoor Ethics training as part of all its core outdoor training programs: National Youth Leader Training (NYLT) and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) for Boy Scouts and part of Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) and Wood Badge for all adult volunteers with outdoor leadership responsibilities.
The BSA also offers a carefully selected group of specialized Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace training courses to assist youth and adult members seeking to bring cutting-edge Outdoor Ethics to their outdoor programs. These programs are summarized below.
Completing this is half-day course qualifies a Scout to serve in the Outdoor Ethics Guide position of responsibility.
The Scout will be able to teach Outdoor Etics (Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly! and Land Ethic) to Scouts and adults to
complete the requirements for advancement and awards as well as to serve in a leadership positon that will count towards
Eagle advancement. This new position of responsibility replaces the now-terminated Leave No Trace Trainer and the Leave
No Trace Instructor positions.
Please note that the following 2 online classes are prerequisites for taking this class.
PREREQUISITE 1 - LNT Awareness online course
PREREQUISITE 2 - Tread Lightly! Awareness online course
This course will provide a knowledge of Leave No Trace and its seven principles, explain the important of LNT in outdoor activities and provide information regarding where to locate additional LNT resources and opportunities for further training.INSTRUCTED BY: Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator
This course includes a classroom session that review the principles and ethics of Leave No Trace and outlines the responsibilities of Council LNT Trainers. Patricipants must complete the Tread Lightly! 101 and Leave No Trace Online Awareness courses prior to attending. Following the classroom portion, participants attend a two-day outdoor training to practice the skills and principles they have learned and qualify them to conduct LNT training in their units.INSTRUCTED BY: Leave No Trace Master Educator
This is an 8-hour hands-on workshop designed to provide a "crash course" in outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation and both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message to others in their Council.DATE: No course scheduled. Check back often!
This five-day, five-night course trains interested individuals ages 18 and older to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators work with their council's outdoor ethics advocates to provide Leave No Trace Trainer, BSA Leave No Trace 101, and outdoor ethics awareness courses. Each BSA Master Educator course is taught by a set of nationally designated Master Educator Instructors, so your Master Educator standing is recognized nationally be the BSA's partner, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.PRE-REQUISITE: Leave No Trace Trainer or approval from Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate (Dale Long)
This is a two-day course designed to provide an in-depth look at outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message consistent to others in their state or region. Participants will work with Tread Lightly! staff on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation, develop an action plan for outreach in their community, and be provided with the tools to conduct a variety of learning opportunities including training Tread Trainers through an 8-hour session.PRE-REQUISITE: Tread LightLy or approval from Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate (Dale Long)