Outdoor Ethics

Outdoor EthicsOutdoor Ethics Action Award

Cub Scouts and their leaders interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/outdoorprogram/outdoorethics/awards/cubscout.aspx

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Describe what the Outdoor Code means to you.

As an American, I will do my best to—
Be clean in my outdoor manners. 
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

2.  Learn the Principles of Leave No Trace.  “Leave No Trace” is a Center for Outdoor Ethics and teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

  • Know Before You Go
  • Choose the Right Path
  • Trash Your Trash
  • Leave What You Find
  • Be Careful with Fire
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Kind to Other Visitors

3. Learn about “Tread Lightly!”  http://treadlightly.org/tlkids/   “Tread Lightly” is a scouting partner and a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics, education, and stewardship.  http://www.treadlightly.org/images/education/kidspledge1.pdf

  • Travel only on trails
  • Respect animals, plants, and people
  • Think Safety, bring a friend, and be prepared
  • Always leave the outdoors better than you found it.
  • Discover how fun the outdoors can be when you tread lightly.

4. Participate in an outdoor ethics activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master.

Suggestions for teaching to cub scouts on a hike or campout:

  • Dress for the weather and discuss what items should go into a backpack.
  • Look at a map before leaving for a hike.  Why do we stay on the trail?  What does it mean to stay on the trail?
  • Pick up litter and use latrines, not the woods.
  • Why don’t we feed the animals?
  • Discuss why we build fires in fire pits
  • Keep our volume down so that we don’t disturb others and listen to the sounds around us.
  • Do a “sight and sound” scavenger hunt rather than collecting items.
  • Tread Lightly Coloring and Activity Pages – http://www.treadlightly.org/images/education/lightfootcoloringbook.pdf

Outdoor Ethics ActionOutdoor Ethics Action Award  

The Outdoor Ethics Action Award challenges Scouts and Scouters to take affirmative steps to improve their outdoor skills.

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/outdoorprogram/outdoorethics/awards/cubscout.aspx

  1. Do the following:
    1. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
    2. Describe to your den leader or parent/guardian what the Leave No Trace front country guidelines mean to you.
  1. Boys in a Tiger Cub den complete the activities for Achievement 5, “Let’s Go Outdoors”; boys in a Wolf den complete Requirement 7, “Your Living World”; boys in a Bear den complete Requirement 12, “Family Outdoor Adventures”; boys in a Webelos den earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.  (This will need to be revised with the New Cub Scout Adventures.)
  1. With your den family, put on a short activity (such as a skit or demonstration) at an outdoor activity or den meeting on a principle of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly!
  1. Follow the Leave No Trace principles  or frontcountry guidelines on three outings. Explain to your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course one thing you did on each outdoor activity to Leave No Trace.
  1. On a pack or den outing, participate in a service project that reduces impact from our use of the outdoors. Examples might be collecting litter, cleaning fire rings or grills, or other activities approved by the landowner or land manager.
  1. With your family or den, make a poster about the skill you learned in Requirement 3 or the project you did in Requirement 4 and display it at your pack meeting.

Adult Leader Action Award Requirements

  1. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
  2. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
  3. Show the National Park Service Leave No Trace video to your den or pack.
  4. Facility your Cub Scouts’ learning about the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!
  5. Facilitate or participate with a family or den when they put on their activity (such as a skit or demonstration) at a den or pack meeting or outing about a principle of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly!
  6. Help plan and participate in three activities that your pack or den can complete while following Leave No Trace principles or the frontcountry guidelines.
  7. Contact a local landowner or land manager to arrange a service project that reduces impact from our use of the outdoors. The project must be approved by the landowner or land manager in advance. Examples might be collecting litter, cleaning fire rings or grills, or other steps suggested by the landowner or land manager.
  8. Make or assist in a presentation at a roundtable or similar gathering about what your pack or den did for requirement 4.
  9. Help your Cub Scout or another Cub Scout earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

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