Outdoor Ethics Guide

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The [[{{PAGENAME}}]] is a youth position of responsibility in a [[Boy Scout troop]] or [[Venturing crew]]. The [[{{PAGENAME}}]] should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to [[Leave No Trace]] principles and [[Tread Lightly!]] guidelines. The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop or crew plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices the principles of [[outdoor ethics]]. The guide works to help [[Boy Scout|Scouts]] and [[Venturer]]s improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to minimize impacts as they participate in outdoor activities. He supports Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the [[Scout rank|Scout]] through [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks.
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The [[{{PAGENAME}}]] is a youth [[position of responsibility]] in a [[Scouts BSA troop]] or [[Venturing crew]]. The {{PAGENAME}} should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to [[Leave No Trace]] principles and [[Tread Lightly!]] guidelines. The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop or crew plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices the principles of [[outdoor ethics]]. The guide works to help [[Scout]]s and [[Venturer]]s improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to minimize impacts as they participate in outdoor activities. He supports Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the [[Scout rank|Scout]] through [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks.
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He can also help Scouts earn the [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] and the [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award]].
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The guide can also help Scouts earn the [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] and the [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award]].
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== Qualifications ==
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To be successful as an Outdoor Ethics Guide, a Scout should:
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The outdoor ethics guide serves as a member of the patrol leaders’ council representing outdoor ethics. To be successful, you need to understand the needs of your troop as well as the needs of the Scouts.
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* Complete Leave No Trace advancement-related requirements for current rank.
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* Read and be able to explain Chapter 7, "Outdoor Ethics," in the ''[[Scout Handbook]]''.
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* Complete both online [[BSA Leave No Trace 101 course|Leave No Trace]] and [[Tread Lightly! 101|Tread Lightly!]] Awareness courses.
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* Attend an [[BSA outdoor ethics orientation course|Outdoor Ethics Orientation]] or [[Leave No Trace Trainer]] course.
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* Be able to demonstrate how to reduce outdoor impacts.
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== Scope of Position ==
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As the outdoor ethics guide, the outdoor ethics guide serves as a member of the [[patrol leaders' council]] representing outdoor ethics. To be successful, the guide needs to understand the needs of the troop as well as the needs of the Scouts.
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The person chosen as outdoor ethics guide must be willing to take on the additional time and responsibility of being an outdoor ethics guide. He will be the primary role model on how to behave in the outdoors. He must agree and willingly execute his roles and responsibilities. If questions or problems come up, he must be willing to go to the appropriate leadership for guidance and resolution.
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The person chosen as outdoor ethics guide must be willing to take on the additional time and responsibility required for the role. They will be the primary role model on how to behave in the outdoors. If questions or problems come up, they must be willing to go to the appropriate leadership for guidance and resolution.
A troop can choose to have several outdoor ethics guides and assign portions of the responsibilities to each. As an example, a troop might choose to have an older Scout attend the Leave No Trace trainer course and focus on high-adventure planning.
A troop can choose to have several outdoor ethics guides and assign portions of the responsibilities to each. As an example, a troop might choose to have an older Scout attend the Leave No Trace trainer course and focus on high-adventure planning.
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===Trains others:===
===Trains others:===
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* Explains to Scouts the relevant requirements for the [[Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class]], and First Class ranks.
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* Explains to Scouts the relevant requirements for the [[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class rank|Second Class]], and [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks.
* Demonstrates how to practice the [[Outdoor Code]], and the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles to meet advancement requirements.
* Demonstrates how to practice the [[Outdoor Code]], and the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles to meet advancement requirements.
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===Provides leadership:===
===Provides leadership:===
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* Helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices outdoor ethics.
* Helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices outdoor ethics.
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* Mentors [[den chiefs]] in the Outdoor Code and practicing Leave No Trace Principles for Kids.
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* Mentors [[den chief]]s in the Outdoor Code and practicing Leave No Trace Principles for Kids.
* Helps Life Scouts understand, plan, and carry out activities or projects meeting conservation service hour requirements.
* Helps Life Scouts understand, plan, and carry out activities or projects meeting conservation service hour requirements.
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===Supports recognition:===
===Supports recognition:===
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* Encourages Scouts and leaders to complete the [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award|Outdoor Ethics Awareness]] and [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award|Action]] awards.
* Encourages Scouts and leaders to complete the [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award|Outdoor Ethics Awareness]] and [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award|Action]] awards.
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===Completes self-evaluation:===
===Completes self-evaluation:===
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* Uses tools to evaluate how well he carried out the responsibilities of outdoor ethics guide.
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* Uses tools to evaluate how well they carried out the responsibilities of outdoor ethics guide.
== Duties ==
== Duties ==
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== External Links ==
== External Links ==
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoorethicsguide/pdf/OutdoorEthicsGuide2017.pdf ''Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook'']</span> {{PDF}} (free PDF download) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoorethicsguide/pdf/OutdoorEthicsGuide2017.pdf ''Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook'' {{PDF}}]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics-guide/ ''Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook''] (web pages) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics-guide/ ''Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook'' foreword]</span> (web pages) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/ Outdoor Ethics] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/ Outdoor Ethics]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
* [http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/ Outdoor Ethics - Boy Scouts of America] &mdash; OutdoorEthics-BSA.org
* [http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/ Outdoor Ethics - Boy Scouts of America] &mdash; OutdoorEthics-BSA.org
* [http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/training Outdoor Ethics Training] &mdash; outdoorethics-bsa.org
* [http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/training Outdoor Ethics Training] &mdash; outdoorethics-bsa.org
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* [http://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/training/ Outdoor Ethics Training in the BSA] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/training/ Outdoor Ethics Training in the BSA]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/teaching-leave-no-trace/ Teaching Leave No Trace] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/scoutcast/resources/201601_1/SC_Jan_Outdoor%20Ethics.mp3 The Outdoor Ethics Guide (mp3 file)], [https://podcast.scouting.org/Scoutcast/2016.aspx January 2016 ScoutCast]</span> audio (mp3) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://voiceofscouting.org/leave-no-trace-kids Leave No Trace for Kids] A September 21, 2016 [http://voiceofscouting.org/ ''Voice of Scouting]'' article &mdash; Voiceofscouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/scoutcast/resources/201601_1/SC_Jan_Outdoor%20Ethics.pdf The Outdoor Ethics Guide {{PDF}}], [https://podcast.scouting.org/Scoutcast/2016.aspx January 2016 ScoutCast]</span> transcript &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://www.scoutshop.org/conservation-handbook-updated-for-2016-622557.html ''The Conservation Handbook'' (BSA), No. 622557] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/teaching-leave-no-trace/ Teaching Leave No Trace] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://www.scoutshop.org/outdoor-ethics-guide-emblem-624048.html Outdoor Ethics Guide Emblem, No. 624048] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://voiceofscouting.org/leave-no-trace-kids Leave No Trace for Kids] A September 21, 2016 [http://voiceofscouting.org/ ''Voice of Scouting'']<span> article &mdash; VoiceOfScouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=conservation+handbook+622557 ''The Conservation Handbook'' (BSA), SKU: 622557]</span> &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=outdoor+ethics+guide+emblem+624048 Outdoor Ethics Guide Emblem, SKU: 624048]</span> &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://lnt.org/teach/peak/peakonline Leave No Trace Principles for Kids]</span> &mdash; LNT.org

Current revision

Effective January 1, 2016, this job, as a position of responsibility, was renamed Outdoor Ethics Guide. There are still LNT Trainers, who have taken the LNT Trainer Course, and they are different from this position of responsibility.

Suppose a Scout began his six-month term as Leave No Trace trainer on Sept. 1, 2015. How would he complete the last two months of his term?
For September through December, he would be credited with Leave No Trace trainer as his position of responsibility. For the last two months, he would be credited as an outdoor ethics guide, and his obligation for this position of responsibility would be complete.


Outdoor Ethics Guide
Selection:Appointed
Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader (troop) or
President (crew)
Reports to:Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (troop) or
Vice President - Program (crew)

The Outdoor Ethics Guide is a youth position of responsibility in a Scouts BSA troop or Venturing crew. The Outdoor Ethics Guide should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace principles and Tread Lightly! guidelines. The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop or crew plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices the principles of outdoor ethics. The guide works to help Scouts and Venturers improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to minimize impacts as they participate in outdoor activities. He supports Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the Scout through First Class ranks.

The guide can also help Scouts earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and the Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

To be successful as an Outdoor Ethics Guide, a Scout should:

Scope of Position

As the outdoor ethics guide, the outdoor ethics guide serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council representing outdoor ethics. To be successful, the guide needs to understand the needs of the troop as well as the needs of the Scouts.

The person chosen as outdoor ethics guide must be willing to take on the additional time and responsibility required for the role. They will be the primary role model on how to behave in the outdoors. If questions or problems come up, they must be willing to go to the appropriate leadership for guidance and resolution.

A troop can choose to have several outdoor ethics guides and assign portions of the responsibilities to each. As an example, a troop might choose to have an older Scout attend the Leave No Trace trainer course and focus on high-adventure planning.

Responsibilities

The outdoor ethics guide performs some or all of the following:

Trains others:

  • Explains to Scouts the relevant requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
  • Demonstrates how to practice the Outdoor Code, and the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles to meet advancement requirements.

Provides leadership:

  • Helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices outdoor ethics.
  • Mentors den chiefs in the Outdoor Code and practicing Leave No Trace Principles for Kids.
  • Helps Life Scouts understand, plan, and carry out activities or projects meeting conservation service hour requirements.

Supports recognition:

Completes self-evaluation:

  • Uses tools to evaluate how well they carried out the responsibilities of outdoor ethics guide.

Duties

The troop outdoor ethics guide's primary duty is to help Scouts take steps to reduce impacts of their outdoor activities. The guide should meet with the troop outdoor ethics advisor or another designated person, and identify the actions the guide will complete during his term of office.

  1. Explain and Demonstrate Advancement Requirements
  2. Help Your Unit Plan and Conduct an Effective Outdoor Ethics Program
  3. Prepare Den Chiefs to Share Principles
  4. Help Scouts to Understand and Plan Conservation Activities
  5. Encourage Scouts to Complete Outdoor Ethics Awards and Merit Badges
  6. Complete Self-Evaluation

Each of these duties is explained more fully in the Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook (pp. 7-11)


Awards

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

See Also

External Links

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