NCAC hosted the Leave No Trace Master Educator course this spring, a five-day course split over two weekends, taught in the outdoors. The first weekend was along the Appalachian Trail near the Blackburn Trail Center and the second was a backpacking format near the Paw Paw Tunnel of the C&O Canal. Instructors Victor Bienieck, Dave O’Leary, and Josh Lamothe taught the course to nine scouters representing NCAC (Aquia, George Mason, Old Dominion, Powhatan, Sully), Heart of Virginia Council (Huguenot Trail), and Mecklenburg (Council in North Carolina).
NCAC offers this Leave No Trace Master Educator course every two years; the next will be in the spring of 2019. It is open to scouters 18 and older. Master Educators are qualified to lead Leave No Trace Trainer Courses, which NCAC offers four times a year. These courses are open to scouts 14 years old and up and adult Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. Register here for the upcoming Leave No Trace Trainer course in Virginia on September 16-17 and in Maryland on September 29 – October 1.
Leave No Trace is one of the three elements of the BSA Outdoor Ethics program, along with TREAD Lightly and The Land Ethic. The following seven principles of Leave No Trace help us minimize our impact while in the outdoors:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors