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their unit. At the top of the pyramid, the five-day, five-night BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course teaches individuals age 18 and older how to conduct courses and train trainers. For details about Leave No Trace,


visit bit.ly/LNTguide or contact your council’s outdoor ethics advocate.


PRACTICE Leave No Trace Of course, it’s not enough to simply learn Leave No Trace principles; you have to put them into use. The more you use Leave No Trace techniques, the more natural they become. Along the way, you’ll also discover


nuances you hadn’t thought of before. Take the second principle: “Travel and camp on durable surfaces.” A campsite that’s quite durable when you set up on Friday evening (a farm field or a dirt-covered campground, for example) can turn into a muddy mess after a weekend of rain, leaving you little choice but to create huge ruts when you leave. “That’s avoidable,” Marion says. “You could have gone in there with the vehicles, dropped stuff off, and parked back on a hard- surface road, or you could have used handcarts or wheelbarrows to avoid impacts from heavy vehicles.”


TEACH Leave No Trace As a Scout leader, your Scouts look to you for leadership, and they’ll learn from your example. But you can and should do more than just set a good example while outdoors. Look for teachable moments during outings and publicly recog- nize Scouts who embody the Leave No Trace ethic. Beyond that, be sure to include Leave No Trace training in your unit program; for specific teach- ing resources and activities designed to engage your Scouts, visit bit.ly/ LNTguide. Chapter 7 of the Boy Scout Handbook and chapters 7 through


LEAVE NO TRACE


HALL OF SHAME Want to show your Scouts the wrong way to behave in nature? Just look around you at any local, state, or national park, and you’ll see Leave No Trace violations pretty much every- where. Help your Scouts learn from bad examples like littered campsites, graf- fiti-covered rocks and trees, improper waste disposal, and animals sickened by eating human food. Remember: Leave it better than you found it.


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