National Capital Area Council is fortunate to offer many outdoor ethics training courses thanks to the many Leave No Trace Master Educators and Tread Lightly! We are pleased to offer three courses this fall.
Please spread the word widely with your units, districts, committees, and parents and encourage them to register for these excellent courses!
**Leave No Trace Trainer courses**
MD course on 9/26/22 (virtual) and 10/1/22 (in person) https://scoutingevent.com/082-55113
VA course on 10/17/22 (virtual) and 10/22/22 (in person) https://scoutingevent.com/082-55114
Participants in the Trainer Course learn Leave No Trace skills and ethics as well as techniques for educating others about these low impact practices. Research has shown that this course significantly improves participant knowledge and understanding of how Leave No Trace protects the outdoor places we love. The goal of this course is to teach students taking the course how to introduce the concept of Outdoor Ethics in a fun and engaging way to a group with little experience in outdoor ethics. It should help youth and adults at all program levels understand the general principles behind Scouting’s outdoor ethics program. Graduates of a Trainer Course are prepared to lead Outdoor Ethics Orientation and BSA Leave No Trace 101 courses and to offer Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops to their community.
We recommend that youth complete this course before serving as in the troop Outdoor Ethics Guide position.
Sunday 9/18/22 https://scoutingevent.com/082-57352
Learn about Tread Lightly! and how to share the concepts with Scouts and others. Tread Lightly Tread Trainer course is an 6 and a half hour course designed to provide a “crash course” on outdoor ethics focusing on motorized and mechanized recreation on both land and water. Participation in the course qualifies individuals to present the Tread Lightly! message to others in their state or region. Participants will work with a Master Tread Trainer on understanding the role outdoor ethics play in the recreation community, learn the Tread Lightly! principles of responsible recreation and be provided with the tools to conduct workshops and coordinate community outreach. This training is of interest to all Scouters involved with the BSA’s outdoor ethics program, including rank advancement, youth leadership positions, awareness awards, and action awards.
The Tread Trainer course is designed to help volunteers promote the message responsible recreation where lands and waters are protected. This course is centered on land based recreation focusing on the Tread Lightly! principles designed to minimize impacts on roads, trails and the wildlands they access.