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Outdoor Ethics

From a Cub Scout’s first hike in a local park to the thrill of our High Adventure bases, from our backyard to the backcountry, our outdoor ethics guide us to be responsible outdoor citizens — protecting our natural world for generations to come and being considerate of other visitors.  Scouting has a long, proud tradition of conservation service to the nation. How do we maintain our outdoor ethics and preserve that tradition? By heeding the challenge in 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.

Building upon this foundation, the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout programs all include outdoor stewardship, care for the environment, and Leave No Trace as part of their programs. At the Boy Scout level, youth are encouraged to take leadership positions in encouraging proper outdoor ethics using the principles of Leave No Trace. Many Venturing crews have similarly adapted Leave No Trace principles to guide their outdoor recreation activities. Through the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace, we can take responsibility for our own impacts. We can provide leadership to those around us to reduce their impacts by making good choices. Together, we can preserve and conserve our rich environmental heritage.

  • To learn more about the Principles of Leave No Trace, click here.
  • To learn more about Tread Lightly, click here.

Scouts and Venturers who embrace the Outdoor Code and the principles of Leave No Trace often find that they wish to give back and help protect the environment that has given them so much. Some may find that they are “wild with love for the green outdoors—the trees, the tree-top singers, the wood-herbs, and the nightly things that left their tracks in the mud,” in the words of Ernest Thompson Seton, the first Chief Scout. These Scouts and Venturers have begun to feel what Aldo Leopold called the “Land Ethic.” The Land Ethic extends our concern beyond our fellow Scouts and Venturers, our families and friends, and even humanity itself to the entire environmental community of which we are a part—the deserts, forests, fish, wildlife, plants, rocks, oceans, and web of life encompassing them—what Leopold called “the Land.”

  • To learn more about the Land Ethic, click here.

Outdoor ethics is not just for youth. Adult volunteers are encouraged to seek training in basic outdoor skills and even take specialized courses to learn Leave No Trace skills. Many councils have Outdoor Ethics advocates who provide leadership to their local units in learning and practicing good outdoor ethics.

Do you have questions about Scouting’s outdoor ethics? Email us at outdoorethics@scouting.org 

Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Award Requirements

 

Upcoming Minsi Trails Council Training 

Online Virtual Charter Renewal Q & A Help Sessions  No Registration needed. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! Join Zoom...
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NRA RSO     (Range Safety Officer) Date - Saturday December 10th 2022 Location- Camp Trexler- Nature Lodge  8am to 5pm...
        The Monroe Merit Badge College    Updated with additional badges and Chaplain's Aid...
NRA Basic Rifle Date - Saturday Dec. 17th Location- Camp Minsi- Weytrex Side A 8am to 6pm Sat. This course is at least 8-hours long and...

 

 

Online Virtual Charter Renewal Q & A Help Sessions  No Registration needed. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! Join Zoom...
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The Northampton District Committee meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month at the Council Office.  Please contact Mike Caffrey...
  2022 Monroe District Recharter Day Thursday, December 8th Monroe County Control Center Please register for a block of time to arrive to...
We will be having the 2022 Warren District Recharter Day on December 8th at the District Committee Meeting. We will begin at 7:00pm until 9:00pm....
Please join us for the Warren District Committee meeting and Roundtable. All units are asked to have representation but all are...
Online Virtual Charter Renewal Q & A Help Sessions  No Registration needed. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! Join Zoom...
NRA RSO     (Range Safety Officer) Date - Saturday December 10th 2022 Location- Camp Trexler- Nature Lodge  8am to 5pm...
The 2022 Northampton Recharter Day will be held on December 10th from 8:00am-3:00pm At Wind Gap Fire Hall (111 N Broadway Wind...
        The Monroe Merit Badge College    Updated with additional badges and Chaplain's Aid...
NRA Basic Rifle Date - Saturday Dec. 17th Location- Camp Minsi- Weytrex Side A 8am to 6pm Sat. This course is at least 8-hours long and...
"Deck the camp with Scouting spirit. Fa la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la..." Come out to Camp Trexler in Jonas, PA for our annual holiday...
Monthly meeting of the Minsi Trails Council Commissioners 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 pm https://powerschool.zoom.us/j/95244083745?from=addon Council...
The Northampton District Commissioner Meeting is held the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Large Conference Room of the Minsi Trails...
The Northampton District Committee meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month at the Council Office.  Please contact Mike Caffrey...
Carbon/Luzerne Meetings will be in person starting in October The District Roundtable and a combined Commissioner/Committee meeting will be...
Lodge Family Banquet January 7, 2023 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn   Click REGISTER below to register for this...
This event has been cancelled. It is asked that units consider participating in the Monroe Klondike Derby scheduled for January 27-29 at Camp...
Save the Date 2023 Monroe Klondike Derby Additional information will be posted as soon as it is...
2023 Council Recognition Dinner You’re invited to help honor and recognize Scouting volunteers from throughout Minsi Trails...
The Northampton District Committee meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month at the Council Office.  Please contact Mike Caffrey...
Carbon/Luzerne Meetings will be in person starting in October The District Roundtable and a combined Commissioner/Committee meeting will be...
  Come experience winter at Camp Minsi with a day of fun on the frozen water of Stillwater Lake. Programs will run from 9AM to...
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