Leave No Trace
What is scouting if not teaching and abiding by Leave No Trace (LNT). In fact, every person that uses the outdoors should be familiar with and use these principles as a matter of consideration for nature (plants and animals) and your fellow outdoor enthusiasts. LNT, simply put is "Protecting the environment so that your kids will have the same experience as you. " This is a big concept for a 13 year old, but teach it now and they will understand it later.
The Boy Scout Outdoor Code
The graphic provided is from a 1954 Boy's Life Magazine article to help better show and explain the basic principles of LNT. The Outdoor Code is four (4) easy to remember phases that simplifies LNT:
Be Clean In My Outdoor Manners
Be Careful with Fire
Be Considerate in the Outdoors
Be Conservation Minded.
Seven Principals of Leave No Trace
Plan ahead and prepare.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
Dispose of waste properly.
Leave what you find.
Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
Be considerate of other visitors.
Forest Service Wilderness Areas
The Forest Service, an agency of the United State Agriculture Department, prides itself in taking care of the public forests around America. Because America's forests are so big and so many, they take care of different forests in different ways.