Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines

Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics program which encourages responsible use of outdoor resources. The frontcountry guidelines are the guidelines for day-use areas like parks and trails. It is a good idea to review these before participating in an outdoor activity.

Discussing the Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines is one of the requirements for the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award.  The other requirements for this award vary depending on which age level the Cub Scouts are. See the documents below for the other requirements for each level.

Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines

Plan Ahead

  • Know the local rules and regulations.
  • Remember to bring food, water, and appropriate clothing.
  • Bring a map so you don’t get lost.
  • Bring a bag to pack out your trash.
  • Don’t forget a leash for your pet.
  • Take the time to learn about the area.

Stick to Trails

  • Stay on the trails as they are marked if you can.
  • Try not to disturb wildflowers and other plants. That way everyone can enjoy them!
  • Don’t trespass on private property.

Manage Your Pet

  • Keep your pet on a leash at all times.
  • Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s waste.
  • Do not let your pet chase wildlife.

Leave What You Find

  • Don’t pick wildflowers.
  • Leave rocks and other objects where they are so others can see them also.
  • Do not mark or carve into living plants.

Respect Other Visitors

  • Be courteous to others on trails when biking or running.
  • Make room for others on trails and be cautious when passing.
  • Don’t disturb others by making lots of noise or playing loud music.
  • Respect “No Trespassing” and “Do Not Enter” signs.


Trash Your Trash

  • Remove any trash you bring with you. Make sure it is put in a receptical or take it with you.
  • Even natural materials, like bits of fruit, should not be thrown on the ground. They attract pests and detract from the natural beauty of an area.
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3 Responses to Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines

  1. Tammy July 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM #

    Thanks for the ease of making knowing what needs to be completed.

  2. Dawn April 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

    I am the cub master and our wolf den did the requirements for this patch, but they are not selling it any more in the store. I need to find 5. Do you know where they could be found? Thank you very much for any information.

    • Scouter Mom April 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM #

      According to the scouting.org site: “Patches (catalog number 08797) are available through your local council.” Did you ask if they could order it for you?

      If you can’t get the Cub Scout patch this one from the Leave No Trace website might make a good alternative: https://lnt.org/shop/product/patch

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