Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award Patch
Outdoor Ethics Awards (for Scouts)

Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2019.

To see the changes which were made, Click here.

For the previous requirements, Click here.


Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

Scouts interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.


  1. Recite from memory and explain the meaning of the Outdoor Code (www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics).
  2. Watch the National Park Service Leave No Trace video (www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/leave-no-trace-video.htm).
  3. Complete the Leave No Trace online course (http://lnt.org/learn/online-awareness-course ). Print the certificate.
  4. Complete the Tread Lightly! online course (https://tread-lightly.teachable.com/p/online-awareness-course). Print the certificate.
  5. Participate in an outdoor ethics course, workshop, or training activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or Is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master.

Boy Scout Scout Outdoor Ethics Action Award Name Tag

Outdoor Ethics Action Award

The Outdoor Ethics Action Award challenges Scouts and Scouters to take affirmative steps to improve their outdoor skills. The requirements are as follows:

  1. Do the following:
    1. Unless already completed, earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
    2. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics course.
    3. Explain how each of the four points of the Outdoor Code (www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/outdoor-ethics) guides your actions when outdoors.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Read chapter 7 of the Scouts BSA handbook on outdoor ethics.
    2. Teach a skill related to the Outdoor Code or Leave No Trace to another Seoul In your troop or another Scouting unit.
  3. Complete one of the following:
    1. Successfully complete a term as your troop outdoor ethics guide.
    2. Participate in an outing that emphasizes the complete set of Leave No Trace (lnt.org/learn/7-principles) or relevant Tread Lightly! (www.treadllghtly.org/learn) principles. All members of the troop participating in the outing should use outdoor ethics and the specific skills needed to minimize impacts from their use of the outdoors.
  4. Follow the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly! principles on three outings. Write a paragraph on each outing explaining how you followed the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, and Tread Lightly! Share it with your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
  5. On a troop outing, help your troop on a service activity that addresses recreational Impacts related to the type of outing. The project should be approved in advance by the landowner or land manager and lead to permanent or long- term improvements.
  6. Participate in a report at a court of honor or similar family event on the service activity In requirement 5.

Source : Scouts BSA REQUIREMENTS 2019



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