Leave No Trace

Here is an excerpt from a newsletter I had laying around.

“Okay, I’ll admit it. I have left a trace or two in my day. How about you? Ever throw an apple core thinking “it’s bio-degradable so its okay for the environment, right?” Ever pick some amazing wildflowers to adorn your home only to discover they are never quite as beautiful removed from their natural environment? I’m quite sure I would have thought twice if I was
more knowledgeable. The bottom line- I didn’t fully comprehend how the cumulative actions of many people can diminish our outdoor experience as well as the health of an ecosystem.
I am convinced that most people want to and would “do the right thing” if only doing the right thing was evident and reasonable. I believe that is why Leave No Trace has been and continues to be so well received among outdoor recreationists. The Leave No Trace message asks us to apply common sense and good judgement. Leave No Trace empowers us to care for the places we cherish by equipping us with the basic knowledge we need to make small but ultimately meaningful choices regarding our actions.”

Leave No Trace has become, since the mid 90’s the way we do things in the out doors. To me it is not an hardship, it is simply a way that we can ensure the wilderness we love now will be around for Scouts in the future.

We will be discussing Leave No Trace a lot this year, as I know we can do things much better. Leave No Trace sometimes is just a buzz phrase in Scouting, and many do not really take it for what it really is. You always hear leaders saying “Leave no trace..pick up that trash”. Well if the Scouts were taught better ways of reducing trash, the leaders would not need to remind them as much. We will get into that more later.

So to start.. here are the Principles of Leave No Trace.

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Happy Scouting!

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