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What does it mean to leave no trace?

Leave No Trace means exactly what you might think: enjoy your outdoor adventures to the fullest, and leave no sing that you were ever there.

No-trace or “minimum impact” camping is Scouting’s outdoor philosophy. Scouters and youth in all Sections practise 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

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace are: 

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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