Leave No Trace Trainer

Leave No Trace Trainer

Description:  The Leave No Trace Trainer teaches troop and patrol members the principles of Leave No Trace, improves Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision making skills, and helps the troop and patrol to prevent avoidable impacts and minimize unavoidable impacts from their use of the outdoors.

Comments: The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and ensuring that the troop follows these principles on outings. He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award. He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training.


Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months



Age: 14 years or higher

Rank: 1st Class or higher

Experience: None

Confirmation: Appointment Approved by Scoutmaster


Performance Requirements
Training: You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training even if you have attended in the past.  The Scout must also successfully complete the 16-hour minimum nationally recognized Leave No Trace Trainer training course to get credit for the position and receive the Leave No Trace Position Patch .  A Scout who has not completed Leave No Trace Trainer training will get credit as an Instructor teaching Leave No Trace skills and will start by wearing the Instructor patch.

Attendance: You are expected to attend 80% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings, outings, and service projects. If your attendance is low, or if you have three (3) unexcused absences in a row, you can be removed from office.

Effort: You are expected to give this job your best effort and use the adult leadership and advice when you feel they are needed.

General Leadership Responsibilities

Uniform: Set the example by wearing your uniform correctly. This means that you will wear all of the parts of the troop uniform, shirttail tucked in, with all required badges in their correct locations.

Behavior: Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life. Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.

Attendance: Set the example by being an active Scout. Be on time for meetings and activities. You must call the Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster if you are not going to be at a meeting or if you suddenly have to miss an outing. You also need to make sure that the someone (A patrol leader if possible) is ready to assume your responsibilities. This requires you to “Be Prepared”, plan ahead and this will never be an issue.

Specific Leadership Responsibilities

  • Ensure the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings.
  • Help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award.
  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace principles.
  • Completes Leave No Trace Training.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Uses the following resources:

  • BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course Guide, a 3 or more hour program
  • Teaching Leave No Trace (on scouting.org)
  • BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Cards (No. 21-116)
  • Qualifying for a BSA Leave No Trace Awareness Card without BSA Leave No Trace 101 (available soon)
  • Boy Scout Handbook, Chapter 7
  • Fieldbook, Chapters 7-11 (I believe)
  • Resources at www.lnt.orgllowing resources:


What it means in Troop 2

  • Instruct Leave No Trace Program as needed within the Troop or patrols.
  • Take on assignments from the staff to provide skills instruction at Troop meetings and on campouts.
  • Prepare well in advance for each Leave No Trace instruction assignment.
  • Study carefully the skill to be taught.

Keep others informed:

  • Talk with the ASPL (Programs) each week to be sure of your assignments. Tell him if you are having trouble preparing for your instructional assignments.

Set a good example:

  • Be the first to reflect the scout sign.
  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Exhibit good self-discipline.
  • Have a good attendance record.
  • Meet your obligations on time and in full effort.
  • Have fun but not at the expense of everyone. Goofing off without purpose wastes time and loses the interest and respect of the other scouts. REMEMBER: The troop will follow your example.

Wear the uniform correctly:

  • Always conform to the Troop 2 uniform policy.

Show Scout Spirit:

  • Use the Scout Oath and Law as an everyday guideline.
  • Actively participate in the activities of Troop 2.
  • Set an example for the other Scouts to follow.


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