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BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Courses

Dates Council Camp Course Info Field Experience
March 23-25 (changed),
April 5-8
Quapaw Area Council Mar: Lake Ft. Smith SP
Apr: NPS Steel Creek Campground on the Buffalo River
Flyer Registration Form Online Registration
CC: Andrew Miller
Canoeing & Non-Trek
March 16-18,
April 13-16
Theodore Roosevelt Council Schiff Scout Reservation, Wading River, NY and other locations Flyer Info and Registration
April 13-15, 27-30 Mayflower Council Nobscot Scout Reservation,
Sudbury, MA
Flyer Info and Registration CC: Pete Lane
April 20-22, May 10-13 (changed) W. D. Boyce Council Camp Peairs
Hudson, IL
CC: Jo Litwiller
May 13-18 National Council The Summit Staff Course
May 16-20 National Council Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico Staff Course
July 9-14 Sequoia Council, CA BSA Camp Chawanakee, Shaver Lake, California Flyer
CC: Timothy Brox
Backpacking & Non-Trek Primitive
July 21-28 Winnebago Council, IA Bighorn NF, Dayton, Wyoming CC: Ed DePaepe Backpacking
August 12-17 National Council Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Ely, Minnesota Information & Registration Canoeing
August 12-17 Mason-Dixon Council Camp Sinoquipe Western Maryland,
Lower Central Pennsylvania, and Upper West Virginia
Information and Registration
Contact: Rev Scott Johnston
August 13-18 Trapper Trails Council Camp New Fork, Pinedale, WY Flyer Information and Registration
Contact: Shanae Ames (Backpacking)
Michael Cutter (Non-Trek)
Backpacking & Non-Trek Primitive
August 17-19,
  Sept 13-16
Crossroads of America Council Ransburg Scout Reservation, Bloomington, IN Contact: John Melton
Sept 9-15 (changed) National Council Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico (Link will be posted when info is available) Backpacking, Non-Trek Primitive
November 9-14 Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Sand Hill Scout Reservation Flyer Info and Registration
Contact: Jeanette McCullough

This five-day, five-night course trains interested individuals ages 18 and up to serve as Leave No Trace Master Educators. Master Educators work with their council's Outdoor Ethics Advocates to provide Leave No Trace Trainer, BSA Leave No Trace 101 and other outdoor ethics awareness training.

  • Prerequisite:  Prior completion of a Leave No Trace Trainer course is recommended. A person who has not previously attended a Trainer course may be accepted with the recommendation of the council's Outdoor Ethics Advocate or approval of the course's Lead Instructor.
  • Instructed By: Each BSA Master Educator course is taught by a set of nationally-designated Master Educator Instructors, so your Master Educator standing is recognized nationally by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

What is a Leave No Trace Master Educator?

Leave No Trace Center Logo " This valuable training is recognized throughout the world ...

"Successful graduates of the Master Educator course have the ability to train others in Leave No Trace skills and ethics..."

The Master Educator Course provides participants with a comprehensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, through practical application in a field-based setting ..."

What is a BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator?

The BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course includes the full core Leave No Trace Master Educator curriculum, plus Scouting-specific curriculum.
"Much of the curriculum added into a BSA Leave No Trace 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 Leave No Trace ME courses is to graduate effective and active Leave No Trace Masters who will return to their home council and conduct the key Leave No Trace Trainer courses needed to support their unit, district and council outdoor programs."
Charlie Thorpe, BSA Outdoor Ethics Task Force

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