By Keith Abraham
May 02, 2015

Outdoor Ethics Training Just Around the Corner

Banner ethicsBoy Scouts of America offers outdoor ethics training as part of all its core outdoor training programs. These include: National Youth Leader Training (NYLT) and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts, and part of Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) and Wood Badge for all adult volunteers with outdoor leadership responsibilities.

Outdoor Ethics definition. 

Outdoor Ethics is the umbrella term for how a Scout relates to the outdoors.  Scouting’s statement of Outdoor Ethics is the Outdoor Code.  The Outdoor Code is further supported by the principles and skills of Leave No Trace (LNT) and the Land Ethic, and supplemented by the principles and skills of Tread Lightly! (TL) as needed.


The BSA offers a carefully selected group of specialized outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace training courses to assist youth and adult members seeking to bring cutting-edge outdoor ethics to their outdoor programs. One of these is EDGE training, which is scheduled May 9th (Sat) from 1-5PM at the Orem BSA Service Center.

Here is a note from the directors:

Fellow Scouters – No matter what Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Council you are in, or what BSA District you are in, or what your favorite Scouting program is, your assistance is needed in furthering Scouting’s Outdoor Ethics program.

Please review the District Outdoor Ethics Advocate general responsibilities listed below and contact your appropriate Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate and let them know you can be of assistance. Contact info below.  Several people in each District are needed.  

Want to help but don’t know what to do?  You need look no further than the new Cub Scout program to see that the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids are now ingrained at every rank.  There is much more to follow.

Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader and Outdoor Ethics is part of that training. It’s as simple as a 4-hour training. Thanks.  Keith

Also here is an excerpt from a recent message sent out by the Utah National Parks Council leadership:

District Key-3 Members: We want to make sure that you are fully aware of what is going on with the Outdoor Ethics Advocate program within the Council, and now at the District level.

The Outdoor Ethics Advocate program of the BSA is an important program that should be integrated with all Scouting activities. An important way to accomplish this is through the District Outdoor Ethics Advocate (DOEA) program.

District Outdoor Ethics Advocates (member of District Training Team and/or Camping Committee) These are new positions created and staffed to support the Scouting and Conservation efforts of each district.

Listed here are the District Outdoor Ethics Advocate general responsibilities:

  1. Encourage all District activities to have an Outdoor Ethics (OE) element (i.e. Day Camp, Camporees, trainings, troop, pack, team, crew, etc. 
  2. Recruit participants for OE courses such as OE Orientation, Leave No Trace (LNT) 101, LNT Trainer, TreadLightly!).  Encourage every troop, team, and crew to have an adult LNT Trainer to mentor the youth LNT position or the youth Instructor over LNT.
  3. District ConservationPromotes District conservation efforts, awards, and screens Hornaday Award candidates before sending them to the Hornaday Committee.

You may also find the council outdoor ethics advocate position description helpful.

Why not join Keith and his team to learn LNT and the EDGE method?

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Author: Keith Abraham, Outdoor Ethics Advocate, 801-971-8060
Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate Contact Information:
Utah National Parks Council ~ Keith Abraham – – 801-971-8060
Great Salt Lake Council ~ Matt Durrant –  – 208-851-1587
Trapper Trails ~ Leroy Wilson ~ – 801-867-2059
or Mike Adams ~ – 307-679-1433

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