“Much of the curriculum added into a BSA LNT ME course is to help graduates become a top-level Leave No Trace resource for their unit, district, and council. 
A major goal for our BSA LNT ME courses is to graduate effective and active LNT Masters who will return to their home council and conduct the key LNT Trainer courses needed to support their unit, district and council outdoor programs.” 
– Charlie Thorpe, BSA Outdoor Ethics Task Force

This Fall, the BSA is offering a Leave No Trace Master Educator Course at Philmont Scout Ranch. This five-day, five-night course runs through September 24-30, 2017, but you must register before August 30th.

I have been to Philmont in the Spring, Summer and in the Fall, and while I love being at Philmont anytime, in my experience Autumn is best. Family groups are smaller and the kids get great individual attention. Attendees are fewer and the whole place makes Scouting feel like family. Besides, this valuable training is taught by a set of nationally designated Master Educator Instructors, so your Master Educator standing is recognized by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and throughout the world by the outdoors industry, land management agencies, and the outdoor recreation community. 

This five-day Master Educator course is designed for those who are actively teaching outdoor skills, interested in teaching or providing recreation information to the public in courses like: Leave No Trace Trainer, BSA Leave No Trace 101, and outdoor ethics awareness. Class room sessions will be held Sunday afternoon and evening, all day Monday, Monday evening, and Tuesday morning. Tuesday through Friday morning will be in the Philmont backcountry. Accommodations while at the Philmont base camp will be 10 X 12 wall tents with cots and access to hot showers. 

The course will be offered with two tracks:

  • one will be a backpacking emphasis that will spend Tuesday through Friday morning hiking and backpacking the Philmont trails (11 miles over 3 days)  Participants in the backpacking course must be in good physical condition (see page 4 of LNT-Application-Philmont-2017).
  • the other will be a Primitive (or Frontcountry) course emphasis that will spend Tuesday through Friday morning at a camp in Philmont’s backcountry located close to base camp. 

Participants in both courses are required to “teach” or prepare an instructional presentation on some aspect of Leave No Trace during the course lasting a minimum of 20 minutes. Each individual will be assigned a specific subject area or Leave No Trace principle that they are to deliver to the group.

Once registration for the course closes on August 30, 2017, the teaching topic and supporting materials will be sent electronically to allow as much preparation time as possible. Additionally, each participant will be required to complete an Individual Action plan. This plan will be sent with the pre-course information as work on the plan is required prior to coming to the course. The plan will be completed during the course.

Each participant receives a Leave No Trace Master Educator card from the BSA, BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course Manual, Leave No Trace 101 Course Guide, Leave No Trace Master Educator certificate, and the Leave No Trace DVD courtesy of the National Park Service, and all this plus food and lodging (in tents) in the beauty of Autumn for just $325.

Master Educators can train others in Leave No Trace skills as well as facilitate Leave No Trace Trainer courses and awareness workshops. Master Educators work with their council’s outdoor ethics advocates to provide. If you are interested, click here:  LNT-ME-Philmont-2017 (sorry there are no online registrations for this course).

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. These days he is a Scouting Ambassador and serves on the Council Membership and Marketing Committee. However, his pride in Scouting is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative, and Commissioner.

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