The TREAD Lightly! Trainer Course, is the newest component of the BSA Outdoor Ethics program was recently opened to Scouts ages 14 and over for the FIRST TIME EVER. The minimum age to be able to take the course was originally 18 years old but was changed in 2019.
Patrick Martinez, Connor Gephart & Teagan Gephart were the FIRST in their respective Districts to successfully complete the TREAD Lightly! Trainer Course on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the United States Coast Guard Station campground.
The course is designed to help volunteers promote the message Responsible Recreation where lands and waters are protected. The course is centered on mechanized recreation focusing on the TREAD Lightly! Principles designed to minimize impacts on roads, trails, and the wildlands they access according to the course description.
Patrick, Connor and Teagan learned how to share the TREAD Lightly! concepts and understand the role outdoor ethics plays in the recreation community. They learned the TREAD Lightly! Principles of Responsible Recreation and were provided with the knowledge and tools to conduct workshops and coordinate community outreach as the FIRST youngest TREAD Lightly! Trainers in their Districts. The boys are qualified to present the TREAD Lightly! message to Scouts and others in their District, State or Region. Also completing the TREAD Lightly! Trainer course are: Michael Gephart, Scout Master Troop 13 and David Martinez, ASM Troop 996.
If you are a Scout over 14 years old and your interested in the Tread Lightly! Trainer Course contact:
TREAD Master Trainer
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20814