Outdoor Ethics at Goshen@50

The National Capital Area Council offered an impressive lineup of Outdoor Ethics offerings for scouts & scouters at Goshen@50 over Memorial Day weekend. For Boy Scouts, the team hosted one of the 10 decathlon events at Camp Ross. A Leave No Trace game called “OK No Way” challenged scouts to determine whether or not common outdoor actions follow Leave No Trace principles.

The second activity called Outdoor Ethics Trail to First Class featured a series of increasingly difficult tasks, starting with “recite the Outdoor Code”, “When is it appropriate to use a stove when camping?”, “What are the steps for washing dishes while camping?”, “Recite the 7 Leave No Trace Principles”, “Recite the 5 TreadLightly! Principles”, …

The Outdoor Ethics Committee volunteers also offered the Outdoor Ethics Orientation, a short overview of the Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Ethics program including the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, TREAD Lightly, the Land Ethic, and Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action awards.


Finally the team taught the Leave No Trace 101 course, a class that goes into more detail about each of the 7 principles of Leave No Trace through lessons, participatory activities, and Question & Answer.


Congratulations to all the scouts and scouters who successfully completed the decathlon activity, the Outdoor Ethics Orientation, and the Leave No Trace 101 courses. Thanks to the Leave No Trace Master Educators who ran the activities and taught the classes. A very special shout out to Leave No Trace Master Educator and Maryland State Advocate Paul Schimke for his leadership in coordinating all of the Outdoor Ethics events at Goshen@50.