Outdoor Ethics Training

Outdoor ethics is deeply ingrained in the BSA program. No place is this more important than in the outdoors. Scouting and Venturing have a long, proud tradition of conservation service to the nation. How do we preserve that tradition? By heeding the challenge in the Outdoor Code:

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.

Building upon this foundation, the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout programs all include outdoor stewardship, care for the environment, and Leave No Trace as part of their programs. At the Boy Scout and Varsity Scout levels, youth are encouraged to take leadership positions in encouraging proper outdoor ethics using the principles of Leave No Trace. Many Venturing crews have similarly adapted Leave No Trace principles to guide their outdoor recreation activities. Through the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace, we can take responsibility for our own impacts. We can provide leadership to those around us to reduce their impacts by making good choices. Together, we can preserve and conserve our rich environmental heritage.

Mid-Iowa Council Outdoor Ethics Training - April 21-23, 2017

Participants will spend a weekend learning how to set up, maintain, and remove all traces from a pristine camping area; learning in-depth about the seven Principles of Leave No Trace; and preparing a ten minute presentation on one of those Principles which will be shared with fellow trainees. 

Please download the documents in the grid at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: Youth must be 14 to attend and units sending youth must send an adult.


  • Spring 2017 LNT Trainer Course / Outdoor Ethics
    April 21, 2017 to April 23

File Name Description
Pre-Course Message April 2017 Download
Trainer Course Release Download