2020 National Outdoor Ethics Virtual Conference

The National Outdoor Ethics Subcommittee is pleased to announce that it will hold the 2020 National Outdoor Ethics Virtual Conference on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2020. This program replaces the “in person” conference previously scheduled to be held at Camp Durant, Carthage, North Carolina. The virtual conference will have eight Zoom sessions starting on Friday night and again during the day on Saturday. Each session will be approximately 30-45 minutes in duration and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions and answers. Participants can choose to attend one or all of the conference sessions.

This free Outdoor Ethics conference is especially well-suited for all Scouters interested in current science, methods and understanding in practicing environmentally appropriate behavior in the outdoors. Those Scouters with Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! training, Council and Area Outdoor Ethics Advocates, Council outdoor program directors, council training, advancement, camping committee members, and National Camping School staff members will find the presentations of great interest. All Scouters are welcome. These sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

Session topics include:

Friday Night

  • Update of the Boy Scouts of America’s outdoor programs – Frank Reigelman, Director Outdoor Programs and Properties, National Adventures Group, Boy Scouts of America will provide us with an overview of National Council updates – especially as they apply to the outdoor program
  • BSA Outdoor Ethics Subcommittee Report – Dave O’Leary, outgoing Chair of the National Outdoor Ethics Subcommittee will discuss the status of outdoor ethics in the Scouting Learn about the progress of our volunteers in helping all Scouts and Scouters deliver the Outdoor Ethics message to our Scouting programs. Dave will introduce you to the volunteers that serve on the national sub-committee and will preside over the presentation of the 2020 BSA Outdoor Ethics Distinguished Service Awards.



  • New to Outdoor Ethics? Want to know what is meant by the term “outdoor ethics” and why we need Join a panel of national volunteers to discuss outdoor ethics in Scouting. Learn how outdoor ethics can enrich your council’s, districts, or unit’s outdoor program and how you can support Scouting’s mission by helping our youth learn to make ethical and moral choices. We will cover the many training programs, award offerings, and leadership opportunities that support outdoor ethics. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
  • Jeff Marion, D., leading recreation ecologist and author of Leave No Trace in the Outdoors. Jeff grew up exploring the woods, streams, and caves of Kentucky, developing strong interests in nature study and high adventure outdoor activities. One of four Eagle Scouts in his family, he served for five summers at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, teaching backpacking and climbing skills. A founding member of the Board of Directors of Leave No Trace and Chair of the Leave No Trace Educational Review Committee for ten years, he helped develop Leave No Trace principles, practices, educational materials, and courses. Jeff will present a session entitled “Recreation Ecology: Update on Recent Findings and Leave No Trace Implications.”

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

  • Dana Watts, Executive Dana Watts joined the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics after its incorporation 1995. She has been the Executive Director for more than two decades. Dana will present “An introduction to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and an update on its activity for the past year.”
  • Ben Lawhorn, Director of Education and Ben joined the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics staff in 2001. His responsibilities include research, curriculum development, management of national education and training programs, agency relations and oversight of national outreach efforts. Ben will give a presentation on “How Leave No Trace is addressing increasing recreational impacts.”
  • Andrew Leary, National Outreach Andrew manages Leave No Trace for Every Kid, the national youth initiative that reaches young people in camps, school, scouts and after-school settings. Andrew oversees curriculum and program development, outcomes evaluation and collaboration with the Center’s youth serving partners. He will present “Everything you ever wanted to know about reaching Scouts with Leave No Trace.”
  • Scott Anderson, incoming Chair of the National Outdoor Ethics Subcommittee will end our conference with a discussion on “Scouting’s Outdoor Ethics, Looking Forward”

Please join us for this exciting virtual conference!

For session dates, times : http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/OEConference/

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