Outdoor Ethics in the BSA Program
Outdoor ethics is deeply ingrained in the BSA program. The Outdoor Code reminds us to be clean in our outdoor manners, careful with fire, considerate in the outdoors, and to 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 level, 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.
Outdoor ethics is not just for youth. Adult volunteers are encouraged to seek training in basic outdoor skills and even to take specialized courses to learn Leave No Trace skills. Many councils have Outdoor Ethics Advocates who provide leadership to their local units in learning and practicing good outdoor ethics.