Leave No Trace Awareness Award

(The following is an excerpt from the Boy Scouts of America publication 21-105, 1998 printing)

We learn Leave No Trace by sharing the principles and then discovering how they can be applied. Leave No Trace instills an awareness that spurs questions like "What can we do to reduce our impact on the environment and on the experiences of other visitors?" Use your judgment and experience to tailor camping and hiking practices to the environment where the outing will occur. Forest, mountain, seashore, plains, freshwater, and wetland environments all require different minimum impact practices.

To receive the Leave No Trace Awareness Award the following requirements for Scouts and Scouters need to be fulfilled:

Scout Requirements

  1. Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace.
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3. Earn the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace - related service project.
  5. Give a 10-minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic approved by your Scoutmaster.
  6. Draw a poster or build a model to demonstrate the differences in how we camp or travel in high-use and pristine areas.

Scouter Requirements

  1. Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace.
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3. Share with another Scout leader your understanding and knowledge of the Camping and Environmental Science merit badge pamphlets.
  4. Actively assist (training, advice, and general supervision) a Scout in planning, organizing, and leading a service project related to Leave No Trace.
  5. Assist a minimum of three Scouts in earning the Leave No Trace Awareness Award.
  6. Plan and conduct a Leave No Trace awareness for Scouts, Scouters, or an interested group outside Scouting.

 

 

 



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