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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 

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  Minsi Trails Council Fall 2022 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)   This is the second of the courses required to...
  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPENED   Who: Any Cub Scout leader wanting to participate in outdoor Cub activities.      ...
  Become a Leave No Trace Trainer     click here for printable version of course flyer   click here for printable...
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NRA RSO     (Range Safety Officer) Date - Saturday December 10th 2022 Location- Camp Trexler- Nature Lodge  8am to 5pm...
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...

 

 

 

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...
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  Minsi Trails Council Fall 2022 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)   This is the second of the courses required to...
Lodge OctoberFest Weekend Oct 7-9, 2022 Settlers Camp at Trexler Scout Reservation   Click REGISTER below to register for this...
Click here for Cubmobile Save the Date.Lehigh 2022 and Cubmobile building instructions. Details on this event coming soon! Save the...
Monroe District Meetings Join us every second Thursday of each month at 7pm for our in person/zoom Roundtable and District Meetings at the...
Please join us for the Warren District Committee meeting and Roundtable. All units are asked to have representation but all are...
Lehigh District Fall Bike-O-Ree When: October 14-16, 2022 Where: Trexler Scout Reservation and Glen Onoko (Jim Thorpe) to/from Rockport What: 25...
  Please use this link to register  https://forms.gle/SYAKsAf5AKtTtXZM7    Click here for informational flyer. ...
Monthly meeting of the Minsi Trails Council Commissioners 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 pm https://powerschool.zoom.us/j/95244083745?from=addon Council...
  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPENED   Who: Any Cub Scout leader wanting to participate in outdoor Cub activities.      ...
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The Northampton District Commissioner Meeting is held the 4th Wednesday of every month in the Large Conference Room of the Minsi Trails...
  Become a Leave No Trace Trainer     click here for printable version of course flyer   click here for printable...
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...
Scouting for For Food Data Center & Patch Order When: Saturday November 5, 2022 "Door Hanger Day"   Saturday...
Door Hangers we be placed on Saturday, November 5th Food Pick up Saturday, November 12th.  For a list of participating food drop of...
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Monroe District Meetings Join us every second Thursday of each month at 7pm for our in person/zoom Roundtable and District Meetings at the...
Please join us for the Warren District Committee meeting and Roundtable. All units are asked to have representation but all are...
Door Hangers we be placed on Saturday, November 6th Food Pick up Saturday, November 13th.  For a list of participating food drop of...
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...
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