[ Music ] >> When girls step outside
they are natures guests, just as the promise and law
gives girl scouts guidelines for being the best they can be, leave no trace offers seven
principles for protecting and conserving nature. Practice these whether you're
planning a walk in the park or an overnight camp out. Plan ahead to leave
nothing behind. Store food and snacks in reusable containers
and sealable bags. Focus on one pot meals to
produce the least trash. Get to know the area
you'll visit. For example, what will
the weather be like? What kind of wildlife
will you spot? Walking on trails and camping
can cause impact on the land. Here are two ways to
minimize damage and erosion. Always walk on a path but,
if you have to leave it, try not to trample plants,
flowers, or small trees. They may not grow back. And, make sure to set up camp
at a designated camp site. Leave no trace has a
saying, "Pack it in. Pack it out." This means putting all
your trash in garbage bags, even crumbs, fruit peals,
and cores, and taking it with you when you leave. When you clean up
don't dump food, soap, or anything at all
in lakes or streams. Anything you find outdoors,
rocks, plants, pine cones, or acorns has an
important role in nature. A fallen leaf might be
shelter for insects. A plant could be
food for wildlife. So, if you spot a beautiful rock
or wild flower, take a photo, or make a quick sketch
to remember it. Then, leave it where
you found it. Imagine what would happen if every visitor pocketed a
few rocks or picked a bouquet. If the camping area
doesn't allow campfires, or you want to reduce
your impact on nature by not using fire wood, pack a light weight
cooking stove and lantern. If you do make a
campfire, use fire rings that are at the camp site. Use small sticks from the ground
that you can break by hand. Keep fires small and burn
all wood and coals to ash. Always put out campfires
completely. Remember to pack out
all trash and food. Never burn it in the campfire. When you see wildlife, it can
be a pretty cool experience, but check them out
from a distance. Never approach, feed,
or follow them. Not only is human food
not goof for wildlife, feeding then makes them use
their natural fear of people. Store your meals and trash in
places wildlife can't access. Your park ranger or campsite
manager will tell you how to store food. Remember, you're not
alone in the wilderness. Every year millions of
people camp and more than a billion people
visit the outdoors. So, remind girls to
keep their voices down and let nature be the
loudest sounds you hear. When you meet up with
other visitors on a trail, or in a campsite, be respectful
and give each other space. You can practice leave
no trace principles with girls even before
going outside. Make it fun by having girls
design a trail with fake rocks, plants, and stuffed animals. They can walk it and show what
they know about leave no trace. Girls can draw a comic showing
camping trip do's and don'ts. They can perform a skit to act out each leave no
trace principle. Or, write a song
about leave no trace. Girls can also invite a leave
no trace travelling trainer to come talk to their group. Find out more about this on the
leave no trace website, lnt.org. You don't have to become a leave
no trace expert before taking girls outside. You can learn right
along with the girls. If you want to know
more follow the blogs on the leave no trace
website blogs, or take the online awareness
course and earn a certificate. Ask if your counsel offers a
leave no trace, trainer course. Leave no trace. Protect the environment and
keep it beautiful for everyone. Happy trails! [ Music ]

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
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