Outdoor Ethics

Outdoor Ethics reflects the broader Scouting outdoor ethic adopted by the BSA Leave No Trace Task Force in 2012.  

The Outdoor Ethic is the Outdoor Code, supported by the Principles of Leave No Trace and supplemented by Tread Lightly! principles and the Land Ethic

Visit the BSA Outdoor Ethics site to learn more about the evolution of Outdoor Ethics and visit the red links below to find out more about the individual organizations.

Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to -
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be carefule with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors
Be conservation minded.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
The 7 principles of Leave No Trace emphasize planning, proper disposal of waste, and utmost respect for wildlife and its habitat. This course will enable you to pass on this critical information to help protect and preserve our country’s national resources.

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. Tread Lightly’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment.

Land Ethic
The concept of the Land Ethic was developed by Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac. In this book, Aldo Leopold reflected upon his interaction with the land and how it had enriched him, but also how our society tends to trivialize or dismiss the role of the land. 

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