Outdoor Ethics Guide

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Effective January 1, 2016, this job, as a position of responsibility, was renamed Outdoor Ethics Guide. There are still LNT Trainers, who have taken the LNT Trainer Course, and they are different from this position of responsibility.

Suppose a Scout began his six-month term as Leave No Trace trainer on Sept. 1, 2015. How would he complete the last two months of his term?
For September through December, he would be credited with Leave No Trace trainer as his position of responsibility. For the last two months, he would be credited as an outdoor ethics guide, and his obligation for this position of responsibility would be complete.

Outdoor Ethics Guide
Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain
Reports to:Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain

The Outdoor Ethics Guide specializes in teaching Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles and ensures that the troop follows the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! on all outings such as camping and other outdoor activities.

He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award.

He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training or Tread Lightly! training as well as earned both the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.


National says that the requirements are in development and that the change in this position of authority became effective January 1st, 2016.


  • The senior patrol leader may appoint a Scout, 14 years or older who has successfully completed the official 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer training course, to serve as the troop Leave No Trace Trainer.
  • A Scout under the age of 14, or who has not completed Leave No Trace Trainer training, may serve as an instructor teaching Leave No Trace skills until he obtains the necessary training.


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