A Lifetime Commitment to Outdoor Ethics

Tread Lightly! was fortunate enough to work with some amazing Forest and Parks Service agents from all across the country. Together we created a conservation trail with different

Evan with Jodi and Billy from the West Virginia Forest Service

Evan with Jodi and Billy from the National Park Service

activities that challenged scouts and leaders alike to think about how they would react in different outdoor situations.

Stop 1 was a quick rundown of the Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace principles and how they apply to everyone recreating outdoors.

Stop 2 had a variety of different gear–mountain bikes, paddles, life jackets, etc. Scouts were asked to discuss how to properly use these items and why it is important to use these items correctly.

Stop 3 featured two different campsites, one good and one bad. Scouts and leaders were DSCN1563asked to discuss what was wrong with the bad camp, why it was incorrect and how it could be remedied.

Finally, at Stop 4, scouts were given a random question about outdoor ethics. After they answered this, they were asked to make a lifetime commitment to practicing outdoor ethics and signing a banner. The banner received signatures from hundreds of troupes from all over the world.

We’d like to thank the awesome sponsors and government agencies who helped us reach

Commitment board at the end of the jamboree

Commitment board at the end of the jamboree

these scouts this year! We hope these young men and women will teach others how to tread lightly in the years to come!


About treadlightlyoutdoors

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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