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The BSA offers outdoor 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 Varsity Scouts, and part of Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) and Wood Badge for all adult volunteers with outdoor leadership responsibilities.
Outdoor Ethics and the BSA
Our US and BSA history is full of great outdoorsmen, conservationists, and naturalists from President Teddy Roosevelt, Earnest Thompson Seaton and Daniel Carter Beard to Gifford Pinchot and William T. Hornaday. In our early beginnings,
Lord Baden-Powell observed: “On breaking camp leave two things behind you: nothing [and] your thanks”
Since 1948, the Outdoor Code has reminded us that:
“As an American, I will do my best to be:
In 1949, Aldo Leopold released “A Sand County Almanac” in which he introduced us to the “land ethic”- a new definition for the relationship between people and nature :one that enlarged our community to include “soils, water, plants and animals or, collectively, the land.”
Over the next three decades we issued new merit badges such as wildlife, soil management, environmental science adopted the Wilderness Use Policy, created project SOAR, and the World Conservation Award. In 1990, the slogan based educational programs developed by the federal land agencies evolved into the program now known as Leave No Trace. In 1998, we added the first reference to the Leave No Trace seven principles in our Boy Scout handbook; in 2010, we devoted a whole chapter to LNT, and soon added new requirements for advancement, training and camp standards. In 2016, we added the Tread Lightly! which provides a set of principles for mountain bike and motorized vehicle use in the outdoors.
The Scout Law mandates that we be among other things, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, thrifty, clean and reverent. This implies a duty to be:
Considerate to those around us
-Help where help is needed.
It reminds us to be ethical, not only as citizens but also in our actions in the outdoors. The BSA Outdoor Ethics program is comprised of those four parts:
Outdoor ethics are attitudes, not a set or rules, for protecting the environment. It provides a method for preventing avoidable resource impacts, and minimizing unavoidable impacts in order to preserve the quality of our natural resources.
BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course
BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course
Upcoming Course: October 13-15 & October 27-30 both weekends required
Outdoor Ethics Committee