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{{Info|Effective January 1, 2010, serving as [[{{PAGENAME}}]] can apply towards [[Positions of Responsibility]] requirements for [[Star]], [[Life]] and [[Eagle]] ranks.}}
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{{Info|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.<br>
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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?<br>
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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.}}
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|by = [[Senior Patrol Leader]] (troop) or<br>[[President]] (crew)
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|report = [[Assistant Senior Patrol Leader]] or<br/>[[Captain|Varsity Team Captain]]
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|report = [[Assistant Senior Patrol Leader]] (troop) or<br>[[Vice President - Program]] (crew)
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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.
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The [[{{PAGENAME}}]] is a youth [[position of responsibility]] in a [[Scouts BSA troop]] or [[Venturing crew]]. The {{PAGENAME}} should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to [[Leave No Trace]] principles and [[Tread Lightly!]] guidelines. The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop or crew plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices the principles of [[outdoor ethics]]. The guide works to help [[Scout]]s and [[Venturer]]s improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to minimize impacts as they participate in outdoor activities. He supports Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the [[Scout rank|Scout]] through [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks.
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He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award.
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The guide can also help Scouts earn the [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] and the [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award]].
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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.
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To be successful as an Outdoor Ethics Guide, a Scout should:
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* Complete Leave No Trace advancement-related requirements for current rank.
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* Read and be able to explain Chapter 7, "Outdoor Ethics," in the ''[[Scout Handbook]]''.
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{{quote-source|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.|[http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/ProSpeak/insights/2010_03_leave_no_trace.aspx BSA statement]}}
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* Complete both online [[BSA Leave No Trace 101 course|Leave No Trace]] and [[Tread Lightly! 101|Tread Lightly!]] Awareness courses.
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* Attend an [[BSA outdoor ethics orientation course|Outdoor Ethics Orientation]] or [[Leave No Trace Trainer]] course.
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* Be able to demonstrate how to reduce outdoor impacts.
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== Scope of Position ==
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As the outdoor ethics guide, the outdoor ethics guide serves as a member of the [[patrol leaders' council]] representing outdoor ethics. To be successful, the guide needs to understand the needs of the troop as well as the needs of the Scouts.
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== Requirements ==
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The person chosen as outdoor ethics guide must be willing to take on the additional time and responsibility required for the role. They will be the primary role model on how to behave in the outdoors. If questions or problems come up, they must be willing to go to the appropriate leadership for guidance and resolution.
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Responsibilities:
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*Helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills.
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*Sets a good example
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*Enthusiastically and [[uniform|correctly wears the Scout uniform]] (all four parts).
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*Shows Scout spirit
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== Qualifications ==
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A troop can choose to have several outdoor ethics guides and assign portions of the responsibilities to each. As an example, a troop might choose to have an older Scout attend the Leave No Trace trainer course and focus on high-adventure planning.
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*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.
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*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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== Resources ==
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== Responsibilities ==
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* [http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/Resources/Leave%20No%20Trace.aspx Leave No Trace] &mdash; ''Official''
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The outdoor ethics guide performs some or all of the following:
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* [http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/ProSpeak/insights/2010_03_leave_no_trace.aspx Leave No Trace program enhancements] &mdash; ''Official''
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* [http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx Teaching Leave No Trace] &mdash; ''Official'' '''&larr; Excellent resource'''
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===Trains others:===
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* Explains to Scouts the relevant requirements for the [[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class rank|Second Class]], and [[First Class rank|First Class]] ranks.
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* Demonstrates how to practice the [[Outdoor Code]], and the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles to meet advancement requirements.
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===Provides leadership:===
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* Helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices outdoor ethics.
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* Mentors [[den chief]]s in the Outdoor Code and practicing Leave No Trace Principles for Kids.
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* Helps Life Scouts understand, plan, and carry out activities or projects meeting conservation service hour requirements.
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===Supports recognition:===
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* Encourages Scouts and leaders to complete the [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award|Outdoor Ethics Awareness]] and [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award|Action]] awards.
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===Completes self-evaluation:===
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* Uses tools to evaluate how well they carried out the responsibilities of outdoor ethics guide.
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== Duties ==
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The troop outdoor ethics guide's primary duty is to help Scouts take steps to reduce impacts of their outdoor activities. The guide should meet with the [[Outdoor Ethics Guide Advisor|troop outdoor ethics advisor]] or another designated person, and identify the actions the guide will complete during his term of office.
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#Explain and Demonstrate Advancement Requirements
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#Help Your Unit Plan and Conduct an Effective [[Outdoor Ethics]] Program
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#Prepare [[Den Chiefs]] to Share Principles
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#Help Scouts to Understand and Plan Conservation Activities
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#Encourage Scouts to Complete Outdoor Ethics Awards and Merit Badges
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#Complete Self-Evaluation
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Each of these duties is explained more fully in the ''[[Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook]]'' (pp. 7-11)
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== Awards ==
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{{Outdoor Ethics Awards Links}}
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{{Leave No Trace Links}}
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{{Ecology Awards Links}}
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== See Also ==
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* [[Outdoor Ethics]]
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* [[Leave No Trace]]
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* [[Tread Lightly!]]
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* [[Outdoor Code]]
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* [[Teaching EDGE]]
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* [[Outdoor Ethics Guide Advisor]]
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* ''[[Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook]]''
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== External Links ==
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoorethicsguide/pdf/OutdoorEthicsGuide.pdf ''Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook'' {{PDF}}]</span> (2018 Printing) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics-guide/ ''Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook'' foreword]</span> (web pages) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/ Outdoor Ethics]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/ Outdoor Ethics - Boy Scouts of America] &mdash; OutdoorEthics-BSA.org
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* [http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/training Outdoor Ethics Training] &mdash; outdoorethics-bsa.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics/training/ Outdoor Ethics Training in the BSA]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/scoutcast/resources/201601_1/SC_Jan_Outdoor%20Ethics.mp3 The Outdoor Ethics Guide (mp3 file)], [https://podcast.scouting.org/Scoutcast/2016.aspx January 2016 ScoutCast]</span> audio (mp3) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/scoutcast/resources/201601_1/SC_Jan_Outdoor%20Ethics.pdf The Outdoor Ethics Guide {{PDF}}], [https://podcast.scouting.org/Scoutcast/2016.aspx January 2016 ScoutCast]</span> transcript &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/teaching-leave-no-trace/ Teaching Leave No Trace] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://voiceofscouting.org/leave-no-trace-kids Leave No Trace for Kids] A September 21, 2016 [http://voiceofscouting.org/ ''Voice of Scouting'']<span> article &mdash; VoiceOfScouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=conservation+handbook+622557 ''The Conservation Handbook'' (BSA), SKU: 622557]</span> &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=outdoor+ethics+guide+emblem+624048 Outdoor Ethics Guide Emblem, SKU: 624048]</span> &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://lnt.org/teach/peak/peakonline Leave No Trace Principles for Kids]</span> &mdash; LNT.org

Revision as of 19:48, February 7, 2019

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
Selection:Appointed
Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader (troop) or
President (crew)
Reports to:Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (troop) or
Vice President - Program (crew)

The Outdoor Ethics Guide is a youth position of responsibility in a Scouts BSA troop or Venturing crew. The Outdoor Ethics Guide should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace principles and Tread Lightly! guidelines. The outdoor ethics guide helps the troop or crew plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices the principles of outdoor ethics. The guide works to help Scouts and Venturers improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to minimize impacts as they participate in outdoor activities. He supports Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the Scout through First Class ranks.

The guide can also help Scouts earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and the Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

To be successful as an Outdoor Ethics Guide, a Scout should:

Scope of Position

As the outdoor ethics guide, the outdoor ethics guide serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council representing outdoor ethics. To be successful, the guide needs to understand the needs of the troop as well as the needs of the Scouts.

The person chosen as outdoor ethics guide must be willing to take on the additional time and responsibility required for the role. They will be the primary role model on how to behave in the outdoors. If questions or problems come up, they must be willing to go to the appropriate leadership for guidance and resolution.

A troop can choose to have several outdoor ethics guides and assign portions of the responsibilities to each. As an example, a troop might choose to have an older Scout attend the Leave No Trace trainer course and focus on high-adventure planning.

Responsibilities

The outdoor ethics guide performs some or all of the following:

Trains others:

  • Explains to Scouts the relevant requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
  • Demonstrates how to practice the Outdoor Code, and the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles to meet advancement requirements.

Provides leadership:

  • Helps the troop plan and conduct an outdoor program that effectively practices outdoor ethics.
  • Mentors den chiefs in the Outdoor Code and practicing Leave No Trace Principles for Kids.
  • Helps Life Scouts understand, plan, and carry out activities or projects meeting conservation service hour requirements.

Supports recognition:

Completes self-evaluation:

  • Uses tools to evaluate how well they carried out the responsibilities of outdoor ethics guide.

Duties

The troop outdoor ethics guide's primary duty is to help Scouts take steps to reduce impacts of their outdoor activities. The guide should meet with the troop outdoor ethics advisor or another designated person, and identify the actions the guide will complete during his term of office.

  1. Explain and Demonstrate Advancement Requirements
  2. Help Your Unit Plan and Conduct an Effective Outdoor Ethics Program
  3. Prepare Den Chiefs to Share Principles
  4. Help Scouts to Understand and Plan Conservation Activities
  5. Encourage Scouts to Complete Outdoor Ethics Awards and Merit Badges
  6. Complete Self-Evaluation

Each of these duties is explained more fully in the Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook (pp. 7-11)


Awards

Outdoor Ethics-related awards
Leave No Trace-related links
Ecology-related awards

See Also

External Links

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