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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 

  University of Scouting is a supplemental training opportunity for Scouts and Scouters. It is the only time during the year where you can...
Minsi Trails Council Spring 2023 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)   This is the second of the courses required to be taken to...
National Youth Leadership Training will be held August 6th-12th, 2023 at Akelaland, TSR A training designed for youth in Venture, Ships and...

 

 

2023 Council Recognition Dinner You’re invited to help honor and recognize Scouting volunteers from throughout Minsi Trails...
For your conenience you now have the option to pay online!   Camp Minsi Maps: http://www.campminsi.org/camp-resources/camp-maps/64957 For...
The Northampton District Committee meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month at the Council Office.  Please contact Mike Caffrey...
Carbon/Luzerne Meetings The District Roundtable and a combined Commissioner/Committee meeting will be held at Tweedle Park in Weatherly every...
Monroe District Meetings For the Month of February only this meeting will occur at the Pocono Township Vol. Fire Co. Building, Tannersville Join us...
Click here for the Save the Date flyer. Click here for the Unit Participation Guide. Click here for the Station Leader's List. Click here for...
Saturday, February 18, 2023 (9AM-4PM) at Camp Minsi Come experience winter at Camp Minsi with a day of fun on the frozen water of Stillwater...
Monthly meeting of the Minsi Trails Council Commissioners 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 pm https://powerschool.zoom.us/j/95244083745?from=addon Council...
2023 Klondike Derby  Klondike Derby Leaders Guide - Full list of rules and event details. Day of Event Schedule    7:30am-8:30am...
we will be holding a Northampton Winter Webelo event on Feb 25th at Camp Trexler/ Akelaland. The event is for Webelos and AOL scouts. This is...
The Northampton District Committee meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month at the Council Office.  Please contact Mike Caffrey...
Carbon/Luzerne Meetings The District Roundtable and a combined Commissioner/Committee meeting will be held at Tweedle Park in Weatherly every...
Monroe District Meetings Join us every second Thursday of each month at 7pm for our in person/zoom Roundtable and District Meetings at the...
  University of Scouting is a supplemental training opportunity for Scouts and Scouters. It is the only time during the year where you can...
Monthly meeting of the Minsi Trails Council Commissioners 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 pm https://powerschool.zoom.us/j/95244083745?from=addon Council...
22nd Annual ALLENTOWN TRADE-O-REE Scout Patch Collecting and Memorabilia Show www.AllentownTOR.com Hosted by:  OA...
The Northampton District Committee meeting is held the first Wednesday of every month at the Council Office.  Please contact Mike Caffrey...
Carbon/Luzerne Meetings The District Roundtable and a combined Commissioner/Committee meeting will be held at Tweedle Park in Weatherly every...
This event has been postponed to later in the year Still accepting nominations for Fellowship and District Award of Merit for 2021 Contact Mike...
Monroe District Meetings Join us every second Thursday of each month at 7pm for our in person/zoom Roundtable and District Meetings at the...
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