LEAVE NO TRACE
Leave No Trace (LNT) Adopted by BSA
"Leave No Trace" is the name for the National Outdoor Leadership School's [NOLs] approach to wilderness ethics as
sponsored and implemented by the Department of Interior's land use agencies [Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife.
BSA will announce its implementation of an LNT Outdoor Ethics Program
this year with a cover story article in the March-April issue of
Scouting Magazine. LNT will replace Low Impact Camping and put teeth
into the BSA's Outdoor Code.
This is a comprehensive program change. For example, Venturing's new
Ranger requirements lists LNT as an elective. While we do not know
exactly what the requirements look like, more than likely this
elective would be fulfilled by a course similar the Masters LNT Course
[which is a week-long follow-on to the LNT Train-the-Trainer Course].
Training Is Now Available
We just received word from Kelly Hartsell at Shenandoah NPS. The dates
for the upcoming LNT Train the Trainer course are Sept. 18 and 19. It
will be held at the 4-H center in Front Royal.
This course is essential [for an adult to take] if your troop intends
to work the new BSA LNT award into their program. Recall there are
Scout and Scouter versions of this award. Each set of requirements
includes a get-one-give-one set of training requirements. The LNT
T-t-T meets the adult award's training requirement and sets the adult
up to do a LNT for a select group of troop youth leaders, which in
turn, sets the youth award's circle in motion.
The contact person for this is Lee Larson. His e:mail address is -
email@example.com (note: the address is "L" 55 "L", sometimes lower
case l's look like the number 1.