|The Leave No Trace program is an essential part of the Outdoor Ethics concept within the Boy Scouts of America. The Illowa Council Outdoor Ethics Committee actively participates in providing training opportunities and information to assure Scouts and Scouters have correct up to date information and skills to efficiently teach and practice the seven principles
The Leave No Trace "Three Tiered Training Structure"
||After completion of this six day course participants become "Master Educators" and are qualified to conduct Trainer courses and Awareness Seminars |
||After completion of this two day course participants become "LNT Trainers" and are qualified to conduct Awareness Seminars |
||These formal training courses range in length from 30 minutes to one day and are a key opportunity to influence Outdoor Ethics at the user level |
The BSA's Leave No Trace Program
The Boy Scouts of America and the Center for Outdoor Ethics have partnered to enable the BSA to conduct Master Educator courses at a greatly reduced rate to encourage Master Educators in the BSA. The National Outdoor Ethics Committee of the BSA has set a goal to have in place a minimum of one Master Educator in every council and one Trainer in every district
The LNT Troop Trainer
In 2010 the BSA announced this Position of Rank for youth at the Troop level. To qualify for this position, applicants must be 14 years of age or older and have achieved First Class. Youth seeking this position can attend a LNT Trainer course and upon approval of the Scoutmaster may be nominated for election to this position. The LNT Troop Trainer qualifies as a leadership position for rank advancement purposes
Venturing Core Requirement
Leave No Trace is a Core Requirement in the Outdoor Bronze and Ranger advancement programs. Youth that attend a LNT Trainer course accomplish most of the LNT Core Requirement during the course and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to easily complete the Core Requirement.
BSA 101 Course
This 3 hour Awareness Seminar is conducted by Scouts or Scouters who have completed a LNT Trainer course. This training is credited to individual BSA training records as an official BSA Training. Trainers conducting a BSA 101 Course should submit a Training Attendance Report to the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate. Once approved the Advocate will return training certificates to the trainer and register the participants with the Council Training Committee and Council Registrar.
Adult Leadership in the LNT Program
At all levels of Scouting adult leadership and encouragement in the Outdoor Ethics Program is needed. At the Cub Scout level, adults play a most vital role in the introduction of Outdoor Ethics to youth and adults. LNT Trainers at the pack level help assure our youth are being prepared for their role in this program as they advance into the Troop level and to bring awareness to other adults in the Pack. At the Boy Scout level, adults LNT Trainers become advisors to youth that are seeking the LNT Troop Trainer position and help encourage that Outdoor Ethics is practiced by the Troop and the youth are actively involved. At the Venturing, Varsity, Explorer and Sea Scout levels, adult LNT Trainers become Advocates and encourage youth leadership to include Outdoor Ethics in the program.
LNT WEB LINKS
Online Awareness Course
Center for Outdoor Ethics
BSA LNT Web Page
National Park Service Video
BSA Master LNT Courses
Group Use Brochure
6 Principles - Cub Scout
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS