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Outdoor Ethics Action Award
Image:Outdoor Ethics Action Award.png
This patch is worn as a temporary emblem
on the right uniform pocket.
Created:January 1, 2013
Level:All Scouts


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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.

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Outdoor Ethics Action Award requirements

Boy Scouting

Boy Scout (youth)

1. Do the following:
a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation or the BSA Leave No Trace 101 course.
c. Explain how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code (www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/) guides your actions when outdoors.
2. Do the following:
a. Read the Boy Scout Handbook on outdoor ethics.
b. 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 outdoor ethics guide, including reading the Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook (www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics-guide/) and carrying out a plan developed with the support of your advisor or Scoutmaster.
b. Work with your troop's patrol leaders' council to plan an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace (lnt.org/learn/7-principles) or Tread Lightly! (www.treadlightly.org/learn/) principles. All members of the troop participating in the outing should practice the specific outdoor ethics 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 one or more paragraphs about the three outings you attended, explaining how you followed the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly! Discuss what you wrote with your unit leader, troop outdoor ethics guide, outdoor ethics guide advisor, or an individual who has completed the BSA Leave No Trace 101 course, the Leave No Trace Master Educator course, the Leave No Trace Trainer course, the Tread Lightly! Master Tread Trainer course, or the Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer 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 conducted to complete requirement 5.

Scouter (adult)

1. Do the following
a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
c. 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 lnt.org/learn/7-principles. Review the principles of Tread Lightly! at www.treadlightly.org/learn/. Review Chapter 7 of the Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook chapters about Leave No Trace, using stoves and campfires, hygiene and waste disposal, and traveling and camping in special environments.
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.

Venturing

Venturer (youth)

1. Do the following:
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.
2. Do the following:
a. Read the North American Skills & Ethics booklet to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace. Review the principles of Tread Lightly! 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 in 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."
b. Lead a group approved by your unit leader in an activity that explores different ethical view poins using materials from www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/, lnt.org or www.treadlightly.org/learn.
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 crew officer with responsibility for outdoor ethics training.
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.
c. 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 outdoor ethics orientation course.
4. Do the following:
a. Meet with a land owner or 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.
b. 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.
c. 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 4b and how they can help.

Venturing Advisor (adult)

1. Do the following:
a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
b. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
c. Participate in a discussion with your crew of how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code guides your actions when outdoors.
2. Do the following:
a. Read the North American Skills and Ethics booklet to learn about the principles of Leave No Trace available online at lnt.org. Review the principles of Tread Lightly! at treadlightly.org. Review Fieldbook chapters about Leave No Trace, using stoves and campfires, hygiene and waste disposal, and traveling and camping in special environments. Review the discussion of Leave No Trace in the Ranger Guidebook, and the foreword and chapters on Conservation Aesthetic, Wilderness, and Land Ethic in A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. Explain in your own words what 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.”
b. Serve as an Advisor for your crew in an activity that explores differing ethical viewpoints using materials from Scouting’s outdoor ethics page, Leave No Trace lnt.org, or Tread Lightly! treadlightly.org.
3. Complete one of the following:
a. Become a Leave No Trace Trainer or Tread Lightly! TREAD Trainer.
b. Advise your crew’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 crew participating in the outing should use outdoor ethics and the specific skills to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
4. Advise your crew’s planning and participation in at least three outings where your crew can follow the Outdoor Code and practice the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Participate in a discussion at the end of the outings.
5. Advise your Venturers in arranging for a service project and educational campaign emphasizing outdoor ethics with a local landowner or land manager responsible for an outdoor recreational area or habitat that your crew uses and/or enjoys. The project must be approved by the land owner or manager in advance. Participate in that project. The project should lead to permanent or long-term improvements.
6. Advise your Venturers in the completion of a traditional or social media event to educate the general public on the importance of protecting the area addressed in Requirement 5 and how they can help.
7. Help at least three Venturers earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

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