Leave No Trace Awareness Patch

Leave No Trace
Achievement Awareness Award


The Leave No Trace Achievement Awareness Award is worn on the uniform shirt,
centered on the right pocket as a TEMPORARY patch.
Only ONE Temporary patch may be worn at a time.


These requirements became effective on January 1, 2008.

To see the requirements without the changes highlighted, Click here.

To see the previous requirements, Click here.

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Boy Scout Requirements

  1. Recite and explain in your own words the principles of Leave No Trace, and discuss how an ethical guideline differs from a rule.
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips with your troop or team, demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace skills appropriate to the trip.
  3. Earn the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project that reduces or rehabilitates recreational impacts. Discuss with your troop or team which recreational impacts were involved with the project.
  5. Give a 10-minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic approved by your Scoutmaster unit leader to a Scouting unit or other interested group.
  6. Draw a poster or build a model to demonstrate the differences in how we camp or travel in high-use and pristine areas Teach a Leave No Trace-related skill to a Scouting unit or other interested group..

Venturer Requirements

  1. Recite and explain in your own words the principles of Leave No Trace, and discuss how an ethical guideline differs from a rule.
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips with your ship or crew, demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace skills appropriate to the trip.
  3. Earn the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges (or do No.3 under the Scouter requirements).
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project that reduces or rehabilitates recreational impacts. Discuss with your ship or crew which recreational impacts were involved with the project.
  5. Give a 10-minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic approved by your Advisor unit leader to a Scouting unit or other interested group.
  6. Draw a poster or build a model to demonstrate the differences in how we camp or travel in high-use and pristine areas Teach a Leave No Trace-related skill to a Scouting unit or other interested group..

Scouter and Advisor Requirements

  1. Recite and explain in your own words the principles of Leave No Trace, and discuss how an ethical guideline differs from a rule.
  2. On each of the three separate camping/backpacking demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace. trips in Scout requirement 2, discuss with your troop or team the impact problems encountered and the methods the unit used to eliminate or at least minimize those impacts.
  3. Share with another Scout Leader/Advisor your understanding and knowledge of the Camping and Environmental Science merit badge pamphlets.
    Read chapters 7 through 10 (Leaving No Trace), chapter 27 (Understanding Nature), and chapter 34 (Being Good Stewards of Our Resources) in the BSA Fieldbook. Share with another adult leader what you learned.
  4. Actively assist (training, advice, and general supervision train, advise, and supervise) a Scout/Venturer in planning, organizing, and leading a service project related to Leave No Trace. that reduces or rehabilitates recreational impacts.
  5. Assist a minimum of at least three Scouts/Venturers in earning the Leave No Trace Awareness Award.
  6. Plan and conduct Teach a Leave No Trace awareness session for Scouts, Venturers, Scouters, -related skill to a Scouting unit or an other interested group outside of Scouting.

Download the application form for the Leave No Trace Achievement Awareness Award from the BSA Website.

Click Here for more information on the Boy Scout Leave No Trace Program.

Click Here to go to the USSSP Leave No Trace Program information area.

Contact Leave No Trace, Inc. at 800-332-4100 or on the Internet at http://www.lnt.org

In addition to the Leave No Trace program, see the BSA Wilderness Use Policy.


Page updated on: May 02, 2013



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