Outdoor Ethics Awareness

Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

Scouts of all ages are guided by the Outdoor Code and the principles of Leave No Trace when they participate in outdoor activities. Cub Scouts and their leaders can earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award to start learning about being responsible citizens while outdoors. Then they can take it a step further and earn the Outdoor Ethics Action award by actively using their knowledge of the Outdoor Code and LNT.

The Outdoor Ethics Awareness award can be earned by Cub Scouts and their leaders. Upon completion of the requirements, participants are presented with a patch.

For requirement 4, BSA offers this information: The person who can facilitate the outdoor ethics activity in Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award requirement No. 4 is any person who is any of the following: a Leave No Trace Master Educator or Trainer, a Tread Lightly! Master Tread Trainer or Tread Trainer, a person who has completed either the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course (in beta testing) or the BSA Leave No Trace 101 course, or any person who has earned the BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card. It’s also allowable for any individual designated by a council outdoor ethics advocate or, in the absence of an advocate, the Scout executive or his or her designee, to facilitate the “outdoor ethics activity.”  If you need further advice, check with your council.

Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award Requirements

These requirements are for Cub Scouts and their leaders to earn the award:

  1. Describe what the Outdoor Code means to you.
  2. Complete the Leave No Trace online course and print the certificate.
  3. Complete the Tread Lightly! TL! Kids Outdoor Quiz and print the certificate. Click on the “Outdoor Quiz” arrow.
  4. Participate in an outdoor ethics activity facilitated by a person who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course or is a BSA outdoor ethics trainer or master.

11 Responses to Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

  1. Jennifer March 17, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

    But what is considered an “outdoor ethics activity?”

    • Scouter Mom March 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM #

      The facilitator should be able to help you come up with an appropriate activity.

  2. Jim August 21, 2015 at 3:48 PM #

    Can you earn this each year, or is this a one time patch?

    • Scouter Mom September 8, 2015 at 3:39 PM #

      As far as I know a Cub Scout would only earn it once, but you can check with your local advancement chair.

  3. Mark September 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    The Outdoor ethics can be earned twice once as a Cubscout then again as a Boyscout. The Facilitor needs to be a Scout or Parent that has taken the minimum Leave No Trace 101. If you tanken a IOLS or Wood Badge training and did not recieve a Leave no Trace card then your not qualified to do the outdoor activity for part 4 of the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.

    Councils should have a Leave no Trace Trainer course avalible if not then E-mail the Advancement chair there usually good about setting one up if they forget to have one in a while.

    The program is outlined here and the PDF on the bottom the outdoor activity should incoumpas the 7 Principles of “Leave no Trace”

  4. Cindy March 11, 2016 at 3:54 PM #

    I am trying to find updated information about the Outdoor Ethics Action Award.
    #2 is what they need with the old books… Do you know what the new requirements are?

    Cub Scout Action Award Requirements
    1.Do the following:
    a. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
    b. Describe to your den leader or parent/guardian what the Leave No Trace front country guidelines mean to you.
    2. 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.

    • John Broyles May 13, 2016 at 12:09 AM #

      Requirement #2

      TIGER: Tigers in the Wild Req. 3B
      WOLF: Call of the Wild Req. 7C OR Paws on the Path Req. 5
      BEAR: Fur, Feathers, & Ferns Req. 1
      WEBELOS: WEBELOS Walkabout Req. 5
      AOL: Camper Req. 7

      This was taken from the BSA outdoor ethics website at outdoorethics-bsa.org

  5. Veronica March 16, 2016 at 12:19 PM #

    I had this exact same question. I was told to contact the Advancement Coordinator for my district. I will be doing that today.

    I’m happy to know I’m not the only one with this question.

  6. Doug May 13, 2016 at 11:17 AM #

    The new Cub Scout Action Award requirements are listed at http://www.outdoorethics-bsa.org/awards/CubAction2015.php

  7. Jason August 29, 2016 at 12:04 PM #

    The Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action award have been retired from the Cub Scout curriculum. It is only available to Boy Scouts and Boy Scout Leaders. Announcement here: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx

    I personally feel this is a bad move, as my den has been awarded the Awareness award and we were busy working toward the Action award. Now I’m in the tough position of telling my Bears they can’t earn the Action award because BSA ditched it and made it for Boy Scouts only… not good.

  8. A Real Amercian April 6, 2017 at 4:26 PM #

    This is a bunch of hippie crap!

    I am so sick of this wussyfying of America. When I was a Scout, my troop leader would drive his Jeep to our campsite, cut down a tree with a chainsaw, and then soak it in coleman fuel and throw his cigar at it from a distance. We cooked burgers and ate chips and threw all of the trash in the fire and burned it too. We didnt do all of this tree-hugging Obama crap and we didnt have a safe space or recycle–and it taught us to be men!

    What in the world is wrong with scouts today? Is it all just a bunch of hippie liberals out to brainwash our kids into hugging trees and saving the spotted owl?

    It makes me sick!

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