Adapted from a post on the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio blog, January 24, 2018
At Girl Scouts, we believe in responsible behavior and respecting the environment. That’s why Leave No Trace is such an important aspect of Girl Scouts!
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that supports protecting the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. That’s something we can get behind!
So, what does Leave No Trace mean exactly, and how can Girl Scouts ensure they’re practicing it daily?
In general, the idea of Leave No Trace is to sustain the environment for generations to come. We can do this by being aware of how we’re interacting with the environment and making conscious decisions that serve to lessen our impact on nature.
There are seven principles of Leave No Trace. It’s important that Girl Scouts are familiar with these principles, considering so many of our activities happen in the outdoors. Let’s go through each one and think about how the principles apply to Girl Scouts.