Members of three Maine Scouting Troops traveled to Camp Yawgoog in Rhode Island to take part in Scouting’s Leave No Trace Trainer course. Matthew Clayton (Camden Troop 200); Heidi O’Donnell (Camden Troop 200); Ryan Gorman (Saco Troop 310) and Shelley Connolly (Pittsfield Troop 428/Crew 2713) will bring the training course back their local Scouting units and Scouting units districts.

The program allows troops to impart essential Leave No Trace principles to educate troop Outdoor Ethic Guides and for Scouts to potentially earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award. The training took place on Sept. 10 and 11 at one of the nation’s oldest Scout camps located in Rockville, Rhode Island.

The Boy Scouts of America has embraced the Leave No Trace program as a core of its Outdoor Ethics. Scouting has incorporated Leave No Trace at all levels of the program. The next step in learning more about Leave No Trace for many Scouts BSA and older members is earning the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards.