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CUB SCOUTING'S LEAVE NO TRACE OUTDOOR ETHICS AWARD

This award may be earned by Tiger Cubs, Cubs Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Cub Scout leaders.

 

Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry). We should practice Leave No Trace in our attitude and actions--wherever we go.

 

The award may be purchased at a local Scout Shop.

TIGER CUB, CUB SCOUT, WEBELOS SCOUT REQUIREMENTS

_____ Discuss with your leader or parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.

_____ On three separate outings, practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.

_____ Boys in a Tiger Cub den complete the activities for achievement 5, Let's Go Outdoors; boys in a Wolf den complete requirement 7, Your Living World; boys in a Bear den complete requirement 12, Family Outdoor Adventures; boys in a Webelos den earn the Outdoorsman activity badge.

_____ Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.

_____ Promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.

_____ Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting.

CUB SCOUT LEADER REQUIREMENTS

_____ Discuss with your den's Cub Scouts or your pack's leaders the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.

_____ On three separate outings demonstrate and practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.

_____ Participate in presenting a den, pack, district, or council awareness session on Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.

_____ Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.

_____ Commit yourself to the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.

_____ Assist at least three boys in earning Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award.

SIX LEAVE NO TRACE GUIDELINES FOR CUB SCOUTS

1. PLAN AHEAD

Watch for hazards and follow all the rules of the park or outdoor facility. Remember proper clothing, sunscreen, hats, first aid kits, and plenty of drinking water. Use the buddy system. Make sure you carry your family's name, phone number, and address.

2. STICK TO TRAILS

Stay on marked trails whenever possible. Short-cutting trails causes the soil to wear away or to be packed, which eventually kills trees and other vegetation. Trampled wildflowers and vegetation take years to recover. Stick to trails!

3. MANAGE YOUR PET

Managing your pet will keep people, dogs, livestock, and wildlife from feeling threatened. Make sure your pet is on a leash or controlled at all times. Do not let your pet approach or chase wildlife. When animals are chased or disturbed, they change eating patterns and use more energy that may result in poor health or death.

Take care of your pet's waste. Take a small shovel or scoop and a pick-up bag to pick up your pet's waste? wherever it's left. Place the waste bags in a trash can for disposal.

4. LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND

When visiting any outdoor area, try to leave it the same as you find it. The less impact we each make, the longer we will enjoy what we have. Even picking flowers denies others the opportunity to see them and reduces seeds, which means fewer plants next year.

Use established restrooms. Graffiti and vandalism have no place anywhere, and they spoil the experience for others. Leave your mark by doing an approved conservation project.

5. RESPECT OTHER VISITORS

Expect to meet other visitors. Be courteous and make room for others. Control your speed when biking or running. Pass with care and let others know before you pass. Avoid disturbing others by making noise or playing loud music.

Respect "No Trespassing" signs. If property boundaries are unclear, do not enter the area.

6. TRASH YOUR TRASH

Make sure all trash is put in a bag or trash receptacle. Trash is unsightly and ruins everyone's outdoor experience. Your trash can kill wildlife. Even materials, such as orange peels, apple cores and food scraps, take years to break down and may attract unwanted pests that could become a problem.

CUB SCOUT LEAVE NO TRACE PLEDGE

I promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines wherever I go:

1. Plan ahead.

2. Stick to trails.

3. Manage your pet.

4. Leave what you find.

5. Respect other visitors.

6. Trash your trash.

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