The wording below is from the back of the Outdoor Code Wallet Card shown above (#33428A) and may differ from that in the Boy Scout Handbook.
I agree to join with the Boy Scouts of America in protecting my country's natural beauty and conserving her natural resources.
The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to -
- Be clean in my outdoor manners.
I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
I will take care of it for myself and others
I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
- Be careful with fire.
I will prevent wildfire.
I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
- Be considerate in the outdoors.
I will treat public and private property with respect.
I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
- Be conservation minded
I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
I will urge others to do the same.
For more information, see our Low-Impact and No-Trace Camping & Hiking page, and the Principles of Leave No Trace.