Outdoor Ethics Guide

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Effective January 1, 2010, serving as Outdoor Ethics Guide can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star, Life and Eagle ranks.
Effective January 1, 2016, this job, as a position of responsibility, will be removed and a new Outdoor Ethics Guide position will be created. LNT Trainers will remain, but there will not be any further confusion between a graduate of the LNT Trainer Course, and a troop LNT Trainer who has not taken that course.

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.

Leave No Trace Trainer
Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain
Reports to:Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or
Varsity Team Captain

The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and ensures that the troop follows the principles of Leave No Trace 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. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training as well as earned both the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.

Effective January 1, 2010, Leave No Trace Trainer is added to the list of positions of responsibility that a Boy Scout or a Varsity Scout may use to fulfill the position of responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle Scout (the omission from Eagle Scout in the new Boy Scout Handbook is a typographical error). A Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer may take any 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer course from a Leave No Trace Master Educator to qualify for the troop, team, or crew position of responsibility.
BSA statement



  • Helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills.
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Shows Scout spirit


  • 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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