Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Master Educators Course


Scouting in America, a country of wide-open spaces, deep forests and high mountains, quiet waters and raging rivers offers us plenty of opportunities to enjoy our outdoor program. Scouting also has a long history of caring for the health of these outdoor spaces, taking care to avoid unnecessary impacts, minimizing those that cannot be avoided, and restoring the damaged caused by overuse. This is Scouting’s “Outdoor Ethics”  and one of the best tools to guide in our quest are the principles of Leave No Trace which help us to make good judgments when ever we recreate in the outdoors. The Boy Scouts of America is committed to implementing Leave No Trace at all program levels.


The BSA is actively training Leave No Trace Master Educators to teach Scouters everywhere to become Leave No Trace Trainers. Trainers and Master Educators work with their Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate to conduct the many programs designed to teach everyone in the Scouting movement the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace.

Summit Bechtel Reserve BSA Master Educator Course 

The BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course provides participants with comprehensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, instruction and practice on effective teaching methods, and information on the important role of outdoor ethics in scouting’s outdoor programs.

This 5-day course features a day of classroom instruction at the Summit, 3 days and nights of immersive practical application on a mini New River trek and a final day of instruction back at the Summit.

A major goal for this course is to graduate effective and active Leave No Trace Master Educators who will return to their home council and conduct the key Leave No Trace Trainer courses needed to support their unit, district and council outdoor programs. Course graduates will be able to teach Leave No Trace Trainer courses, BSA Leave No Trace 101 classes, and general Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops.

All food, housing, class materials, and group gear will be provided by the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Participants will be required to provide personal gear that is required on a Summit New River trek. This Course is recognized nationally by theLeave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.


Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve, Glen Jean, WV

Dates: August 18 – 24, 2019


  • $450 per person
  • A $100 deposit is due with your registration. Balance of fees is due May 31.

Course Requirements:

  • Be a member of the BSA.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the time of the course.
  • Complete a BSA swim test and be classified as a “swimmer” prior to arrival.
  • Provide a current BSA Health and Medical Record signed by a physician (parts A through C including Summit Risk Advisory.


Additional Information – 2019 New River Trek Guide

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