During the month of April, 30 NCAC Scouts and Scouters from 5 councils in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania completed the Leave No Trace Trainer course! They are now registered as Leave No Trace Trainers with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and with the BSA. These Scouts and Scouters can now lead their unit in the last requirement of the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award and the new NCAC Outdoor Ethics Awareness award for Cub Scouts.
There are still a few spaces left for the upcoming Leave No Trace Trainer course on May 19-20. This will be the first offering of the LNT Trainer course in southern Maryland! Register here
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
The Leave No Trace Trainer course is offered to train adults and youth aged 14+ to serve their units and districts as Leave No Trace Trainers and as Outdoor Ethics Guides. Every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout unit should have at least one Leave No Trace/Outdoor Ethics Trainer. We recommend that Boy Scouts complete this course before serving as in the troop Outdoor Ethics Guide position.
This course is designed to enhance understanding of Leave No Trace principles and Outdoor Ethics, and to increase level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. This class is both active and highly interactive. Students are introduced to concepts and methods that will advance their knowledge of Leave No Trace issues in both developed and high adventure environments, expand their repertoire of low-impact skills, and increase their effectiveness in teaching these important skills to others.
On completion of this course, participants are registered as Leave No Trace Trainers with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and with the BSA. Students receive Leave No Trace teaching materials, a certificate of course completion, a Leave No Trace Trainer lapel pin and patch, and a BSA Leave No Trace Trainer card. Students will also be able to lead their unit in the last requirement of the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award and the new NCAC Outdoor Ethics Awareness award for Cub Scouts.
The LNT Trainer course is instructed by nationally designated Leave No Trace Master Educators and Trainers. NCAC’s Outdoor Ethics Committee Chair Victor Bieniek taught the northern Virginia course and Leave No Trace advocate for the state of Maryland Paul Schimke taught the Maryland course, both with the assistance of Leave No Trace Master Educators from across the council.
The Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout programs include Outdoor Ethics, the umbrella term for how a Scout relates to the outdoors.
- The Outdoor Code is Scouting’s aspirational statement of Outdoor Ethics.
- To support the Outdoor Code with proven principles and skills, Scouting has incorporated Leave No Trace, for non-motorized outdoor activities, and Tread Lightly!, for motorized activities and shooting sports.
- The Land Ethic challenges us to be committed to conservation and stewardship of our environment.