scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: LNT v. Camporee
Wed Feb 02 2000 - 14:22:34 CST
Leave No Trace is not a set of rules. It is more of an awareness of steps
that we can take to reduce our impact on the environment. Face it. Every
time we go out, no matter how careful we are, in big groups or smaller ones,
we impact the environment. What LNT trys to do is to get you thinking about
how to minimize that impact either by good meal preparation so that waste is
minimized, proper camping and hiking techniques to lessen the damage to the
environment, ways to dispose of trash and human waste, use of stoves or mound
fires to decrease the impact of fires, and how to lessen our impact on other
campers and the animals that call the woods their home.
BSA unfortunately has not enjoyed a good reputation with the National Park
Service or US Forest Service because we are usually large groups, that bring
lots of folks into the backcounty without first doing this LNT thinking step.
I'm not a LNT nazi, but would encourage all of us to be better shepherds of
our outdoor environment. Go to www.lnt.org, down load the training material,
get the Soft Paths video and watch it, get everyone in your troop on their
way to the LNT Awareness Award put out by BSA. I bet in most cases, you will
change the way you prepare for an outdoor trip.
Advisor, Crew 1519