Outdoor Ethics Guide

Outdor Ethics GuideOutdoor ethics guides help troops plan and conduct an outdoor program that emphasizes effectively practicing the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace principles, and the Tread Lightly! principles. Guides work to help Scouts improve their outdoor ethics decision-making skills to help minimize impacts as they hike, camp, and participate in other outdoor activities. In particular, they should support Scouts who are working to complete the relevant requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.


  • assures the troop adheres to the Principles of Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, and the Outdoor Code
  • sets a good example
  • wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • shows Scout spirit

Outdoor Ethics and the BSA
Outdoor Ethics Guide Handbook
Outdoor Ethics Website

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