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[http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/21-117/ Teaching Leave No Trace]
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Revision as of 12:17, July 23, 2007

For the Leave No Trace award, see Leave No Trace (Award).

Contents

Overview

Leave No Trace is the Scout's outdoor code of ethics. The principles of Leave No Trace are as follows:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impact
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Plan ahead and prepare

Some things you will want to plan and prepare for before you leave on a trip are as follows:

  • Check the weather forecast
  • Make sure you know the rules and regulations of the area
  • Know the anticipated food consumption
  • Make a meal plan
  • Make a duty roster
  • Identify your trip's goal
  • Make sure you have brought the essential outdoor tools
  • Know the ability level of your unit's members

Travel and camp on durable surfaces

Prepare corrcetly for different types of terrain.

  • Rock, gravel
    • Very durable
    • Can tolerate repeated trampling
  • Snow
    • The effect of trampling is temporary, making it a good surface
    • Make sure you have dressed correctly
  • Vegetation
    • Vegetation varies in sturdiness
    • Select areas with sparse vegetation
  • Desert puddles/mud holes
    • Do not walk through these. Water is a precious resource in the desert.

Dispose of waste properly

  • Do not bury trash!
  • Strain dishwater and broadcast the strained water over a wide area at least 200 feet from the nearest water source.

Leave what you find

Minimize campfire impact

Respect wildlife

Be considerate of other visitors

External links

Teaching Leave No Trace

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