Cub Scout and Scouter

Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award

Cub Scouts and their leaders interested in learning more about outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace should begin by exploring the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. The requirements are as follows:

  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.

Cub Scouts earn this award by working with their families to complete these activities.

Outdoor Ethics Action Award

The Outdoor Ethics Action Award challenges Scouts and Scouters to take affirmative steps to improve their outdoor skills. The requirements for the Outdoor Ethics Action Award are as follows:

Cub Scout Action Award Requirements

  1. Do the following:
    1. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
    2. 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.
  3. Complete one of the following:
    1. With your family, put on a short activity (such as a skit or demonstration) at an outdoor activity or den meeting on a principle of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly!
    2. With your den, put on a short activity (such as a skit or demonstration) at an outdoor activity or pack meeting on a principle of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly!
  4. Follow the Leave No Trace principles or frontcountry guidelines on three outings. Explain to your unit leader or an individual who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course one thing you did on each outdoor activity to Leave No Trace.
  5. On a pack or den outing, participate in a service project that reduces impact from our use of the outdoors. Examples might be collecting litter, cleaning fire rings or grills, or other activities approved by the landowner or land manager.
  6. With your family or den, make a poster about the skill you learned in Requirement 3 or the project you did in Requirement 4 and display it at your pack meeting.

Adult Leader Action Award Requirements

  1. Do each of the following:
    1. Earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award.
    2. Complete the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course.
    3. Show the National Park Service Leave No Trace video to your den or pack. The video is on the right side of the page.
  2. Read about the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! Facilitate your Cub Scouts' learning about a principle.
  3. Facilitate or participate with a family or den when they put on their activity (such as a skit or demonstration) at a den or pack meeting or outing about a principle of Leave No Trace or Tread Lightly!
  4. Help plan and participate in three activities that your pack or den can complete while following Leave No Trace principles or the frontcountry guidelines.
  5. Contact a local landowner or land manager to arrange the pack or den service project that reduces impact from our use of the outdoors. The project must be approved by the landowner or land manager in advance. Examples might be collecting litter, cleaning fire rings or grills, or other steps suggested by the landowner or land manager.
  6. Make or assist in a presentation at a roundtable or similar gathering about what your pack or den did for requirement 4.
  7. Help your Cub Scout or another Cub Scout earn the youth Outdoor Ethics Action Award.

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Click here for the application only.