Leave No TraceWhat does it mean to leave no trace? Leave No Trace means exactly what you might think – to enjoy your outdoor camping adventure to the fullest, and afterwards leave no sign that you were ever there. No-trace or “minimum impact” camping, is Scouting’s outdoor philosophy. Scouters and youth in all sections must learn and teach each other minimum impact outdoor skills, so that the natural world will be there for us to enjoy for many years to come. “Leave nothing but your thanks.” —Robert Baden-Powell, on camping Here are some more ideas to practise Leave No Trace ethics: Pack out all garbage, and pick up garbage left behind by other campers Take only pictures Hike along existing trails whenever possible Don’t wash dishes (or bathe) directly in lakes, rivers, streams or ponds Use biodegradable soaps and shampoos Don’t feed or harass wildlife Use stoves, where possible, instead of an open fire Respect the rights of fellow campers – keep voices low and leave radios at home Don’t cut down living plants or trees Buy or repackage food into burnable or reusable containers If you have a large group, divide into several smaller parties and camp on different sites at least 100 metres apart to lessen environmental impact Don’t dig trenches around tents, and don’t dig holes for grease pits For more information, please visit leavenotrace.ca.