ACA and the Center for Outdoor Ethics bring Leave No Trace skills to campers nationwide


American Camp Association and the Center for Outdoor Ethics bring Leave No Trace skills to campers nationwide

MAY 2005, ORLANDO, FL—The American Camp Association (ACA) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (the Center) are joining forces to bring outdoor ethics and minimum-impact principles to kids nationwide. Through a new partnership, ACA and the Center will provide campers of all ages with easy, basic techniques to care for and protect the natural lands they enjoy both at camp and at home. From summer day camps to month long, say "farewell" to mom and dad camps, kids will learn about many Leave No Trace concepts including pack it in, pack it out, respect wildlife, and share the trails.

"While at camp, kids learn about independence, the importance of community and respect . . . all of these dovetail great with the Leave No Trace principles of respect for wildlife, using care around the water, taking care of the trails, planning ahead, etc. This is a great opportunity for both ACA and the Center," commented Rhonda Mickelson, executive director, ACA Southeastern.

The new partnership utilizes components from ACA's Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) program that teaches youth how to live in the outdoors. Together, the Center and ACA will create educational materials that empower youth with skills that encourage them to protect natural lands while they are hiking, bicycling, camping, boating, horseback riding, and enjoying any form of outdoor recreation.

"We're thrilled about our new partnership with the American Camp Association. Leave No Trace training and outreach will soon be readily available to campers enjoying all types of outdoor activities," said Dana Watts, the Center's executive director. "What better place to teach kids about caring for the outdoors than during their positive experiences at camp."

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships. The Leave No Trace program builds awareness, appreciation, and respect for wildlands. The Center has a variety of program offerings and curricula to teach and share the seven Leave No Trace principles.

The American Camp Association works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-accredited camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit

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