Leave No Trace

Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award

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.

There is additional information available from the Scouting.org website and on the Leave No Trace website.

Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award Requirements

  1. Discuss with your leader or parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings, practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  3. 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.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge. (see below)
  6. 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.
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7 Responses to Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award

  1. sara October 4, 2013 at 2:15 AM #

    Does anyone have requirements for what exactly is a Leave No Trace-related service project?

  2. Scott November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

    What do you define an outing as? Would a sleepover at a museum, aquarium, or battleship be considered one?

    • Scouter Mom November 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

      Our committee would consider any of those an outing.

  3. Does the requirements carry over to next year if the scout needs one more outing

    • Scouter Mom December 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM #

      I think they are meant to be done in a single program year, but you can check with your district advancement chair. But note that an “outing” can be almost any outdoor activity: a backyard picnic, a trip to the park, etc. So it really shouldn’t be difficult for a Cub Scout to follow LNT at three outdoor activities.

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