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The '''Outdoor Ethics Action Award''' is an award for those who wish to deepen their understanding of outdoor ethics and improve their skills in implementing those outdoor ethics.
The '''Outdoor Ethics Action Award''' is an award for those who wish to deepen their understanding of outdoor ethics and improve their skills in implementing those outdoor ethics.
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Outdoor Ethics Action Award

This namebadge bearing the BSA outdoor ethics insignia also has the
appropriate insignia for each program division level that a youth completes.
Created:January 1, 2013
Level:All Scouts


Contents

The Outdoor Ethics Action Award is an award for those who wish to deepen their understanding of outdoor ethics and improve their skills in implementing those outdoor ethics.



Outdoor Ethics Action Award requirements

Boy Scout

Boy Scout Youth

1. Do each of the following:
a. Unless already completed as a Cub Scout, earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
c. Explain how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your actions when outdoors.
2a. Read Chapter 7 of the Boy Scout Handbook.
2b. Teach a skill related to the Outdoor Code or Leave No Trace to another Scout in your troop or another Scouting unit.
3. Complete one of the following:
a. Successfully complete a term as your troop Leave No Trace Trainer or
b. Participate in an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace or relevant Tread Lightly! principles. All members of the troop participating in the outing should use the outdoor ethics and the specific skills needed to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Follow the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles on three outings. Write a paragraph on each outing explaining how you followed the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Share it with your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
5. On a troop outing, help your troop on a service activity that addresses recreational impacts related to the type of outing. The project should be approved in advance by the landowner or land manager and lead to permanent or long-term improvements.
6. Participate in a report at a Court of Honor or similar family event on the service activity in requirement #5.

Boy Scout Adult

1a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
1b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
1c. Discuss with your troop how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your action when outdoors.
2. Read the North American Skills and Ethics booklet to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace available online at http://lnt.org/. Review the principles of Tread Lightly! at http://treadlightly.org/. Review Chapter 7 of the Boy Scout Handbook and Chapters 7-11 of the Fieldbook.
3. Facilitate your troop's leadership in planning and leading an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly! principles. All members of the troop participating in the outing should use outdoor ethics and the specific skills to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Help plan and participate in at least three outings where your troop can follow the Outdoor Code and practice the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!. Facilitate a discussion at the end of the outings.
5. Assist your unit in arranging for a service project emphasizing outdoor ethics with a local landowner or land manager. The project must be approved by the landowner or land manager in advance. Participate in that project. The project should lead to permanent or long-term improvements.
6. Make, or facilitate youth in making, a presentation at a roundtable or similar gathering about what your troop did for requirement #4.
7. Help at least three Boy Scouts earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

Varsity Scout

Varsity Scout Youth

1. Do each of the following, unless already completed as a Cub Scout or Boy Scout.
a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
c. Explain how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your actions when outdoors.
2a. Read Chapters 7-11 of the Fieldbook.
2b. Teach a skill related to Leave No Trace and a skill related to Tread Lightly! to another Scout in your team or another Scouting unit.
3. Complete one of the following:
a. Successfully complete a term as your troop or team Leave No Trace Trainer or
b. Participate in an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace and relevant Tread Lightly! principles. All members of the team participating in the outing should use the outdoor ethics and the specific skills needed to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Follow the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles on three outings. Write a paragraph on each outing explaining how you followed the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Share it with your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
5. On a troop outing, help your troop on a service activity that addresses recreational impacts related to the type of outing. The project should be approved in advance by the landowner or land manager and lead to permanent or long-term improvements.
6. Participate in a report at a Court of Honor, church gathering, or similar event on the service activity in requirement #5.

Varsity Scout Adult

1a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
1b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
1c. Discuss with your team how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your action when outdoors.
2. Read the North American Skills and Ethics booklet to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace available online at http://lnt.org/. Review the principles of Tread Lightly! at http://treadlightly.org/. Review Chapters 7-11 of the Fieldbook.
3. Facilitate your team's leadership in planning and leading an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly! principles. All members of the team participating in the outing should use outdoor ethics and the specific skills to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Help plan and participate in at least three outings where your team can follow the Outdoor Code and practice the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!. Facilitate a discussion at the end of the outings.
5. Assist your unit in arranging for a service project emphasizing outdoor ethics with a local landowner or land manager. The project must be approved by the landowner or land manager in advance. Participate in that project. The project should lead to permanent or long-term improvements.
6. Make, or facilitate youth in making, a presentation at a roundtable or similar gathering about what your troop did for requirement #4.
7. Help at least three Varsity Scouts earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

Venturing

Venturing Youth

1. Do each of the following, unless already completed as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Varsity Scout.
a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
c. Explain how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your actions when outdoors.
2a. Read Chapters 7-11 of the Fieldbook, the discussion of Leave No Trace in the Ranger Guidebook, and the Foreword and chapters on Conservation Aesthetic, Wilderness and Land Ethic of A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Explain in your own words what Aldo Leopod meant when he stated, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise."
2b. Lead a group approved by your unit leader in an activity that explores different ethical view poins using materials from http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/outdoorprogram/outdoorethics.aspx, http://lnt.org/ or http://treadlightly.org/.
3. Complete one of the following:
a. Become a Leave No Trace Trainer, Tread Lightly! TREAD Trainer, or have successfully completed a term as a troop or team Leave No Trace Trainer or as a crew officer with responsibility for outdoor ethics training or
b. Research the complete set of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! skills related to a planned outdoor adventure. Working with your crew leadership, prepare for the adventure, including learning the skills needed to minimize impacts. Practice the skills at least once before heading out on your adventure. While on your adventure, all members of the crew participating in the adventure should use the outdoor skills and ethics necessary to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Follow the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles on three outings. Develop a poster or presentation explaining how and why you followed the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Share it with a group approved by your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
5a. Meet with a local land owner or land manager responsible for an outdoor recreational area or habitat that you use and/or enjoy and discuss the steps that you and your crew can take to reduce adverse impacts on the recreational ecosystem.
5b. With your crew leadership, help plan and participate in a campaign to reduce the adverse impacts on the recreational ecosystem. The campaign should include both service elements (e.g. Land Ethic--service to the land) and outdoor ethics educational components to help educate the public about how to minimize impacts to the area.
6. Help plan and lead either a traditional or a social media event to educate the general public on the importance of protecting the area addressed in requirement #5 and how they can help.

Venturing Adult

1a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
1b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
1c. Discuss with your crew or ship how you live up to each of the four points of the Outdoor Code during an outing or adventure.
2a. Read the North American Skills and Ethics booklet to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace available online at http://lnt.org/. Review the principles of Tread Lightly! at http://treadlightly.org/.
2b. Read Chapters 7-11 of the Fieldbook.
2c. Read the Foreword, and Chapters on Conservation Aethetic, Wilderness and Land Ethic of A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Discuss with your crew what Aldo Leopold meant when he stated, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise."
3. Facilitate your crew leadership in planning and leading preparation for the adventure in youth requirement #3, including learning the skills needed to minimize impacts. Practice the skills at least once before heading out on your adventure. While on your adventure, facilitate all members of the crew participating in the adventure using the outdoor skills and ethics necessary to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Working with out Scouting or community groups, help find opportunities for your Venturers to make a presentation about how they have used the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly! and/or the Land Ethic in the Outdoors.
5. Facilitate a youth in contacting a local landowner or land manager in advance to arrange the details of the campaign for youth requirement #5. The project must be approved by the landowner or land manager in advance. Participate in both the service and educational aspects of that campaign. The project should lead to permanent or long-term improvements.
6. Make, or facilitate youth in making, a presentation at a roundtable or similar gathering about what your crew did for requirement #4.
7. Help at least three Venturers earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

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