During the winter, most Cub Scout units do less camping. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still get outdoors. While you are doing your outdoor activities, your Cub Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Leave No Trace award.
This is not a difficult award for the Cub Scouts to earn. They are not to young to be aware of LNT principles and as Scouts they should already be doing most of these things when they go hiking or camping. Go over the requirements before you leave on your outdoor adventure, and then encourage your Cub Scouts to practice LNT principles while they are outside having fun.
Note that these are different than the requirements for Boy Scouts and for Scouters. If you are working with Boy Scouts, check out the Boy Scout Leave No Trace requirements instead.
Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award 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. (see below)
- Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting.
Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge
I promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines wherever I go:
- Plan ahead.
- Stick to trails.
- Manage your pet.
- Leave what you find.
- Respect other visitors.
- Trash your trash.