Vista Outdoor’s mission statement is “Bringing the World Outside,” and with the announcement of our historic partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, it will help us bring over 2 million Scouts outside to enjoy the outdoors and learn how they can “leave no trace.”
“Scouting takes young people on adventures and lessons of character and leadership in the most remarkable class room imaginable – the outdoors,” said Brad Farmer, Assistant Chief Scout Executive leading the Office of Development for the Boy Scouts of America. “We are honored to partner with Vista Outdoor, an organization that shares our respect for the outdoors and long-lasting commitment environmental stewardship. In Scouting, we learn to leave no trace so that others can have the opportunity to experience the outdoor classroom as we have for generations.”
What does it mean to Leave No Trace?
The Boy Scouts teach, from a young age, how the scouts have an impact on the environment and what they can do to help conservation efforts. There are seven tenants taught:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare – When you plan ahead you minimize problems. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Know the regulations of where you are visiting. Use a map and compass and repackage food to minimize waste.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – Camp and hike on established trails and campsites. Walk single file in the middle of the trail to minimize impact to vegetation. Keep campsites small, and focus on areas where vegetation is absent.
- Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack it in, Pack it out) – This simple yet effective saying motivates backcountry visitors to take their trash home with them. It makes sense to carry out of the backcountry the extra materials taken there by your group or others. Inspect your campsite for trash or spilled foods.
- Leave What You Find – The old saying “Take a picture, it lasts longer” is a good point of reference. It allows others to experience the outdoors and preserves the past. Leave rocks, plants, animals and other objects where and how you find them.
- Minimize Campfire Impacts – Camping and campfires are synonymous. If you build a fire, use existing campfire rings in a well-placed campsite. True “leave no trace” fires are small. Use dead and downed wood that can be easily broken.
- Respect Wildlife – Observe wildlife from afar to avoid disturbing. Give them a wide berth. Loud noises and quick movements are stressful. Observe wildlife from afar to avoid disturbing them and give them a wide berth. Never feed wildlife. Help keep wildlife wild.
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors – Let nature’s sounds prevail. Keep the noise down and leave your music at home. Travel and camp quietly to avoid disturbing other campers. Be considerate and respect the privacy of others.
“Conservation is a core value for Vista Outdoor,” said Ryan Bronson, Vista Outdoor’s Director of Conservation. “Our company believes in supporting conservation of wildlife and wild places and protecting access to public lands for all outdoor enthusiasts to pursue their adventures. But at its core, we believe in being responsible. The Boy Scouts’ Outdoor Creed aligns perfectly with our company’s culture of responsibility.”
We believe that all conservation efforts count, no matter how big or small, and we are committed to conserving our natural wonders, resources and public lands for all outdoor enthusiasts. Read more about our conservation efforts. Read more about our historic partnership with the Boy Scouts of America.