“When you leave (the camp), leave nothing but your thanks and a good name.”
Today, use of designated wilderness areas has increased from 4 million people in 1964, to over 30 million users today. That's a 750 percent increase in nearly 50 years, and the aggregate total of all recreation continues to rise throughout the United States. As cities grow and populations encroach upon our 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.
As an American, I will do my best to -
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.
Scouting has a long and distinguished tradition of conservation leadership and environmental protection, enshrined in the Outdoor Code, Scouting’s Wilderness Policy, the William T. Hornaday Awards program, and in innumerable publications and training programs. Just as it has for decades, the Outdoor Code guides our conduct in the outdoors, establishing our goals of a clean environment—one unaffected by our passage—and our goal of environmental stewardship in the commandment of conservation mindedness. BSA’s Outdoor Ethics uses the seven principles of Leave No Trace and the five principles of Tread Lightly! to support the Outdoor Code by providing Scouting members with a principled framework to assist them in arriving at proper ethical decisions while recreating in the outdoors. Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! are not simply programs for camping. They are at the cutting edge of Scouting values. Learning about BSA’s Outdoor Ethics begins with you and your unit.
Click here for training in how you can help to "Leave No Trace."
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