Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace

Today, use of designated wilderness areas has increased from 4 million people in 1964, to nearly 30 million users in 2000. That's a 750 percent increase in 30 years! As cities grow and populations encroach upon wildlands and recreation areas, we must do more than just pick up the litter and extinguish campfires. We must learn how to maintain the integrity and character of the outdoors for all living things.

Leave No Trace is not simply a program for visiting the backcountry, it is an attitude and a way of life. Learning about Leave No Trace begins with your unit.

The knowledge and concepts enabling visitors to leave no trace are easily taught both before and during outings. The Patriots Path Council Conservation Committee is committed to helping you teach others the value of natural areas and the methods we can use to help protect and conserve these areas for future generations.

Scouts and Leaders who learn, practice and teach Leave No Trace can earn the LNT Awareness Award


Principles of Leave No Trace

Boy Scouts:

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

 

Cub Socuts:

  1. Plan Ahead
  2. Stick to Trails
  3. Manage Your Pet
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Respect Other Visitors
  6. Trash Your Trash

Leave No Trace is now a key element of the Scouting program. As of late 2003, the Backpacking, Camping, Fly Fishing, and Hiking merit badges all require a knowledge of LNT principles and practice. Scouts and leaders who are trained and put these values into practice may qualify for the Leave No Trace Awareness Award. Details about LNT service projects, presentations, treks, training, and events are regularly updated.


Much more information on the subject is available at the:
Boy Scouts of America National Site

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Leave No Trace Award

The Leave No Trace Awareness Award follows the "Learn - Do - Teach" system. There is a considerable amount of LNT material here, and more is available directly from the Conservation Committee or through the Council. Details about LNT service projects, presentations, treks, training, and events are regularly updated.

The award is considered a temporary patch and may be worn on or above the uniform's right pocket.

Leave No Trace Awareness Award application form (pdf).

Requirements

Boy Scouts

  1. Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace.
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3. Earn the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges, or do No. 3 of the Boy Scout/Venturing Leader requirements.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Give a 10-minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic approved by your scoutmaster.
  6. Draw a poster or build a model to demonstrate the differences in how we camp or travel in high-use and pristine areas.

Cub Scouts

  1. Discuss with your leader of parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings, practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  3. Boys in a Tiger Cub den complete the activities for Achievement 5, Let's Go Outdoors; Wolf den complete Requirement 7, Your Living World; in a Bear den complete Requirement 12, Family Outdoor Adventures; boys in a Webelos den earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Promise to practice Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  6. Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting.

Boy Scout/Venturing Leaders

  1. Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3. Share with another Scouter or Venturing leader your understanding and knowledge of the Camping and Environmental Science merit badge pamphlets.
  4. Actively assist (training, advice, and general supervision) a Scout in planning, organizing, and leading a service project related to Leave No Trace.
  5. Assist a minimum of three Scouts in earning the Leave No Trace Awareness Award.
  6. Plan and conduct a Leave No Trace awareness session for Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, or an interested group outside Scouting.

Cub Scout Leaders

  1. Discuss with your den's Cub Scouts or your pack's leaders the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings demonstrate and practice the frontcountry guidelines.
  3. Participate in presenting a den, pack, district, or council awareness session on Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Commit yourself to the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  6. Assist at least three boys in earning Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award.