Leave No Trace



Outdoor Ethics (Leave No Trace) Program

“The Boy Scouts of America has adopted the principles of Leave No Trace, which are easy to learn and apply.  Every outing and activity should be conducted with Leave No Trace in mind.  As young people mature, we will enjoy an increasingly beautiful environment because of the impact of their training in Leave No Trace.  As members of the Boy Scouts of America, we should be good stewards of our environment through knowledgeable use of resources.  


…We all must take responsibility for our decisions when we use the outdoors, and we should treat the environment with respect so future generations can enjoy the outdoors as we do today.” -Teaching Leave No Trace (BSA No. 21-117)


The Leave No Trace ”Three Tiered Training Structure”



After completion of this six-day course participants become “Master Educators” and are qualified to conduct Trainer courses and Awareness Seminars


After completion of this two-day course participants become “LNT Trainers” and are qualified to conduct Awareness Seminars


These formal training courses range in length from 30 minutes to one day and are a key opportunity to influence Outdoor Ethics at the user level


Scout Awards Program: Outdoor Ethics Awards (NEW)

The Leave No Trace scout awards are being phased out and being replaced by the Outdoor Ethics Award.  This includes both Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principals.  The program has various requirements based on the scouting program you are in.  For more information on this award, go to the following link:




BSA 101 Course

2015-16 Course Dates are on Sunday afternoon at Double V Scout Ranch, Ramada Grande. Register Today

                             April 26, 2015

                             August 16, 2015

                             December 13, 2015

                             March 13, 2016

                             June 12, 2016

                             September 18, 2016

                             December 11, 2016


This Awareness Seminar is conducted by Scouts or Scouters who have completed a LNT Trainer course.  This training is credited to individual BSA training records as an official BSA Training.  Trainers conducting a BSA 101 Course should submit a Training Attendance Report to the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate. Once approved the Advocate will return training certificates to the trainer and register the participants with the Council Training Committee and Council Registrar.


Leave No Trace Trainer Course

2015 Course Date:  September 25-26, 2015 @ Camp Lawton- Register Today

2016 Course Date: September 30-October 1, 2016 @ Camp Lawton


This course is designed to train Boy Scouts (age 14 and older), Venturers and Adults (Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venture) to serve as Leave No Trace Trainers for Scouting and the wider public.  (For a Scout to serve in the position of Leave No Trace Trainer, he must complete the Leave No Trace Trainer Course)


The youth leaders of a busy outdoor adventure program must be able to apply Leave No Trace to a variety of activities in differing environments during all seasons of the year, all done in the company of Scouting youth and adults with varying levels of outdoor skills, self discipline and commitment to an outdoor ethic.


Additionally, the course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of Leave No Trace to help individuals make and guide others in making good choices to minimize recreational impacts to help protect the wonderful outdoor locations they choose to enjoy.


Individuals planning trips to National High Adventure Bases, Camp Staff members, Unit Leaders and those in District or Council training positions are urged to attend.


Please contact the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate for more information available.


2015 Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

This five-day, five-night course trains interested individuals ages 18 and up to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators work with their council’s Outdoor Ethics Advocates to provide Leave No Trace Trainer, BSA Leave No Trace 101 and outdoor ethics awareness courses.  Each BSA Master Educator course is taught by a set of nationally designated Master Educator Instructors, so your Master Educator standing is recognized nationally the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


  • Prerequisite:  Registered Boy Scouter.  Leave No Trace Trainer or approval from Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate
  • Instructed byNationally-designated Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructors
  • Participants receive:  Leave No Trace Master Educator card from BSA, BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course Manual, Leave No Trace Master Educator certificate from the BSA and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


For more information on BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator courses across the country please go to http://www.outdoorethics-bsa.org/training/me_courses.php . Due to agreements with the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethic Center, BSA is able to offer these courses at a significantly discounted rate.



To request a trainer to come out to your unit or area, please contact the Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate. Certain circumstances may warrant further accommodations.

 Flyers for upcoming events!

BSA Catalina Leave No Trace flier 2015

BSA Catalina Leave No Trace flier 2015

Catalina Cochise LNT flier 2015

Catalina Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Cindy Reilly

BSA Catalina Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate

AZ State Leave No Trace Advocate

Leave No Trace Master Educator



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