Leave No Trace

The eleventh Scout law commands that a Scout is Clean.

So, when camping, Scouts adhere to the Outdoor Code:

"As an American, I will do my best to:

Be clean in my outdoor manners.

Be careful with fire.

Be considerate in the outdoors.

Be conservation minded."

How do they do this?  -- By using Leave No Trace principles.

The Seven "Leave No Trace" Principles

1. Plan Ahead

2. Find a Proper Campsite

◦ Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites

◦ Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy

◦ Keep campsites small and focus activity in areas where there is no vegetation

◦ Spread out to prevent the creation of campsites and trails

◦ If absolutely necessary to create a campsite, condense to make it as small as possible


3. Dispose of Waste Properly

4. Leave What You Find

5. Minimize Campfire Impacts

6. Respect Wildlife

7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Common Questions and Answers

Q: What if there is no preexisting firepit at the campsite?

A: Consult an adult leader and ask permission to build one.  Find a durable surface and create a small, tight circle using medium size rocks.  Be very careful to keep the fire under control.  More forest fires arise from new firepits than established ones.

Q: What is the best way to store my food?

A: If in an area where bears or other large animals have been sighted, hang “smellables” in bags on the highest tree branches you can reach.  If there is no dangerous wildlife, you can keep food in your tent, but make sure everything is sealed before going to sleep and be careful not to spill food in your tent.  Tents can be difficult to clean!

For any other questions please contact the Troop’s Leave No Trace Trainer, Scoutmaster or other adult leader.

Page prepared by 2014-2015 LNT Trainer Robert DeSena