BSA outdoor ethics orientation course

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The goal of the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course is to introduce the concept of Outdoor Ethics in a fun and engaging way to a group with little experience in outdoor ethics. It should help youth and adults at all program levels understand the general principles behind Scouting's outdoor ethics program. The course is designed to last 60-70 minutes.


Learning objectives

By the end of the class, lecture, discussion and practical sessions the participants should have:

  • Knowledge of the Outdoor Code and Outdoor Ethics
  • Knowledge of how Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly! and The Land Ethic / Stewardship support the Outdoor Code
  • Knowledge of Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards Program
  • Knowledge to locate additional Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly! and BSA outdoor ethics resources and opportunities for further training


This course can be taught by any person who is at least one of the following:

  • a Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • a Leave No Trace Trainer
  • a TreadLightly! Master Tread Trainer or Tread Trainers
  • Anyone who has taken the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course and has completed the online Leave No Trace courses at and Tread Lightly! 101 at

Training resources

Related training

Outdoor Ethics Training

See also

Related awards

Outdoor Ethics-related awards
Leave No Trace-related links
Ecology-related awards

External links

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