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BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses

Dates Council Camp Course Info Field Experience
Feb 29-Mar 5 National Council Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Ely, Minnesota Information Winter camping
April 8-10,
  April 21-24
Hawk Mountain Council Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation
Schuylkill Haven, PA
Non-Trek Primitive, Backpacking
May 13-18 Blue Ridge Mountains Council Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Virginia Flyer
Info and Registration
CC: Greg Harmon
May 13-15,
  May 19-22
Westchester-Putnam Council Durland Scout Reservation
Putnam Valley, NY
Information Non-Trek Primitive, Backpacking
May 16-20 National Council Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico Staff Course
June 13-18
Pacific Harbors Council Camp Thunderbird, Olympia, WA Non-Trek Primitive
July 3-8
National Council Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, WV Info
Jul 30-Aug 5
Redwood Empire Council Camp Noyo, Fort Bragg, CA Info & Registration Flyer CC: Bill Nay
August 6-11 Winnebago Council, IA Bighorn NF, Dayton, Wyoming Flyer
Information & Registration
Aug 8-13 Great Salt Lake Council Hinckley Scout Ranch, Summit County, UT Flyer Registration
Contact: Matthew Durrant
August 8-14
National Council Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Ely, Minnesota Information
LI: Paula Boothe
August 18-23
Cancelled, not 2017
Northern Lights Council Camp Wilderness, Park Rapids, MN Flyer
Info and Registration
Non-Trek Primitive w/ Day Paddling, Maybe Backpacking
Sept 25-30
National Council Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico Details & registration
LI: Dan Howells
Backpacking, Non-Trek Primitive
Oct 28-30,
  Nov 10-13
Sam Houston Area Council Camp Brosig, Sealy, TX

This five-day, five-night course trains interested individuals ages 18 and up to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators work with their council's Outdoor Ethics Advocates to provide Leave No Trace Trainer, BSA Leave No Trace 101 and other outdoor ethics awareness training.

  • Prerequisite:  Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended. A person who has not previously attended a Trainer course may be accepted with the recommendation of the council's Outdoor Ethics Advocate or approval of the course's Lead Instructor.
  • Instructed By: Each BSA Master Educator course is taught by a set of nationally-designated Master Educator Instructors, so your Master Educator standing is recognized nationally by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

What is a Leave No Trace Master Educator?

Leave No Trace Center Logo " This valuable training is recognized throughout the world ...

"Successful graduates of the Master Educator course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics..."

The Master Educator Course provides participants with a comprehensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, through practical application in a field-based setting ..."

What is a BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator?

The BSA LNT Master Educator Course includes the full core Leave No Trace Master Educator curriculum, plus Scouting-specific curriculum.
"Much of the curriculum added into a BSA LNT ME course is to help graduates become a top-level Leave No Trace resource for their unit, district, and council.
A major goal for our BSA LNT ME courses is to graduate effective and active LNT Masters who will return to their home council and conduct the key LNT Trainer courses needed to support their unit, district and council outdoor programs."
Charlie Thorpe, BSA Outdoor Ethics Task Force

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