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The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace
If you’re unsure of how to practice Leave No Trace, the seven principles will help guide the way. It’s important to follow these principles on every camp trip to ensure that all our camps remain relatively untouched by human influences. Here are the seven principles of Leave No Trace provided by the The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Why Practice Leave No Trace
Understand that Leave No Trace is fairly easy to practice, and it ensures you have a positive interaction with landscapes every time you are out and about. There are so many reasons to learn and practice Leave No Trace principles, here are some.
1) Leave No Trace is a transferable skill that not only Scouts practice. The practice of Leave No Trace is for anyone and everyone that wishes to be a steward of the Earth.
3) We are held accountable for our stewardship in the scriptures, specifically in D&C 104: 13-17.
“For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures. I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine. But it must needs be done in mine own way; and behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low. For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.”
4) Your stewardship efforts now will continue to influence the future, as generations come to enjoy the same landscape you know and love. What you do today influences what others are able to do and experience tomorrow.
The training registration is open now, so sign up today to be prepared for your next outdoor interaction. This training will be very helpful for the upcoming summer camping season. That is where your Scout will really need to understand and follow the Leave No Trace principles.
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Author: Nicole Balmforth | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council