Leave No Trace Cub Scout Award for Cub Scouts

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This Award is meant for Cub Scouts.
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park (frontcountry) as much as it does in the wilderness (backcountry).

We should practice Leave No Trace in our attitude and actions wherever we go. Understanding nature strengthens our respect toward the environment.

When boys and leaders complete the requirements they may purchase a Cub Scout Leave No Trace temporary patch (No. 08797). Both the publication and patch are available through local councils. The patch should be displayed centered on the right pocket of the uniform.

Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines
  1. Plan ahead
  2. Stick to trails
  3. Manage your pet
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Respect other visitors
  6. Trash your trash

Award Requirements:
  1. Discuss with your leader or parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings, practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  3. 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.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace - related service project.
  5. Promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  6. Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting.

Adult Award Requirements:
  1. Discuss with your den's Cub Scouts or your pack's leaders the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  2. On three separate outings demonstrate and practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  3. Participate in presenting a den, pack, district, or council awareness session on Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  5. Commit yourself to the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  6. Assist at least three boys in earning Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award.

BSA Guidelines Page - for more details

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 Apr 24, 2013 - Crystal Cole

The boys in my den earned the Leave No Trace Award last year, so have their patces on their shirt pockets.  This year they have earned the World Conservation Award.  Where would they put it as the right pocket is already taken?  

Apr 24, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Crystal - Only 1 temporary patch at a time can be displayed on the uniform, centered on the right pocket.  That is why they are 'temporary', allowing the scout to show off whichever ONE he wants to display.
Unfortunately, when a patch is sewn on, it's no longer very temporary.  That is why many scouts get clear plastic hangers from the Scout Shop that dangle from the button of the right pocket and hold a single patch.  It's easy to show a different patch each week.
Your scouts could hang a patch in a holder that would cover their LNT patch.  I don't think many people would complain too loudly about that.
May 01, 2013 - shawnoc
My son usually wears the last temporary patch that he received or the progress towards rank beads (when he's progressing towards a rank - which he's not this time of year).  The previous temporary patches get their button loops removed and get sewn on his bag (with the other dozens of patches).
Oct 07, 2013 - Sharon
My boys earned the leave no trace patch their tiger year.  Does that count  toward the Cub Scout  outdoor activity award?

How many times can you earn the leave no trace award?
Oct 08, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Sharon - A scout can earn the LNT award (and most other individual awards) over and over and over.  

If it were me, I'd review all the LNT requirements with the scouts that had earned it in an earlier year, ensure we follow LNT principles on our outings, and make sure they complete the unique requirement for whatever year they are currently in.  
Jan 31, 2014 - Eugene
At this time, it would appear that leave no trace is being phased out, to be replaced by the Outdoor Ethics Award. Unfortunately, my wolves have just completed the leave no trace requirements. Is there anywhere I can find these patches?  My local council office is out. Does anyone know anywhere else they can be purchased? The outdoor ethics award requirements are slightly different and ultimately requires the scouts to interact with someone who has done the outdoor ethics orientation training. It is a pity that my den has worked so hard for something that became obsolete overnight. Any suggestions?
Jan 31, 2014 - Yukon Jack
@ Eugene. Sadly, you are correct. Scouting.org announced the change would occur over 6 months ago but failed to announce WHEN it would be effective. As with most scout awards/insignia changes, it does not become effective until 'insignia is gone'.  Ergo, it is not yet truly phased out. I advise you first ask your scout shop to cross-oder the patches from another scout shop (always ask when talking to the cashier if there is a "#" symbol next to the item...ANY item...that means in the BSA logistics system that there are no more of that item in the warehouses...which 99.99% of the time means production has ended for good...sadly the cub scout LNT went "#" in December). Your second bet is eBay for this last group of scouts, then just don't do the old requirements anymore so you get no disappointed scouts in the future. Good luck.
Feb 02, 2014 - Matt
Eugene- Try the Hawkeye Area Council at Hawkeyebsa.org I think they might still have some LET patches for Cubs left.
Feb 24, 2014 - Kim
Okay, so they are changing LNT to Outdoor Ethic Award, since the program does not change for next scout year, our then bears, for outdoor activity award need to complete the LNT. Will OEA count?
Feb 24, 2014 - Yukon Jack
@ Kim.  The Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award has not changed (the pocket flap patch that can be earned every program year and gets a wolf track pin for each additional awarding) or gone away.  The Leave No Trace Awareness Award (for cub scouts) and the Leave No Trace Achievement Award (for boy scouts) are what's being merged into the new Outdoor Ethics Award.  It will not affect the current Bear book.

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