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BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses

Dates Council Camp Course Info Field Experience
April 20‑23,
  May 4-7
Abraham Lincoln Council Camp Ilinek Boy Scout Camp, Springfield, IL CC: CarolAnn Smith
May 5-7,
National Capital Area Council Weekend 1:Blackburn Trail Center, Round Hill, VA
Weekend 2: TBD
Info/Registration Backpacking
May 12-14,
Greater Niagara Frontier Council Camp Scouthaven, Freedom NY (Wkend 1)
Camp Cutler (Wkend 2)
Flyer Registration
CC: Fred Thornley
May 16-20 National Council Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico Staff Course
August 5-10 Winnebago Council, IA Bighorn NF, Dayton, Wyoming CC: Ed DePaepe Backpacking
August 6-12 National Council Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Ely, Minnesota Information
LI: Paula Boothe
August 24-29 Northern Star Council Tomahawk Scout Reservation, Birchwood, Wisconsin Flyer Registration Contact Non-Trek Primitive, Dayhikes
Sept 8-10, 21-24 Jayhawk Area Council Falley Scout Reservation
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Flyer Registration
CC: Jim LeClair
September 10-16 Crater Lake Council Camp Makualla, Crescent Oregon Flyer Registration Form Contact Backpacking
Sept 24-29 National Council Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico Details & registration Backpacking, Non-Trek Primitive
Oct 20-22,
  Nov 10-13
Baltimore Area Council Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation Flyer Info
CC:Chris Castillo
Oct 13-15,
  Oct 27-30
Connecticut Rivers Council Camp Mattatuck and Appalachian Trail Flyer Registration
CC: Bob Alexander
Oct 27-29,
  Nov 9-12
California Inland Empire Council Lake Perris SRA & Mission Creek Preserve Information Flyer / Registration Form
CC: John Gonering
LI: Lead Instructor
CC: Course Coordinator

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 Leave No Trace 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 Leave No Trace 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 Leave No Trace ME courses is to graduate effective and active Leave No Trace Masters who will return to their home council and conduct the key Leave No Trace Trainer courses needed to support their unit, district and council outdoor programs."
Charlie Thorpe, BSA Outdoor Ethics Task Force

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