Adapting The Current ACA Outdoor Living Skills Program
- OLS teaches participants
how to teach others, using skills as
the medium. Leave No Trace courses teach
participants how to teach others, using
a variety of methods with recreation
ethics as the base.
- OLS is a skills-based
program. Leave No Trace is an environmental-ethics-
and principles-based program, which
uses the teaching of hard skills to
implement and apply the principles.
- OLS has a narrow
audience—camps that specifically
teach these skills implement the program.
Leave No Trace has a wider audience—environmental
ethics and awareness applies to all
camps, youth organizations, and all
types of general audiences.
- OLS is supported
by participant fees. Leave No Trace
is a corporately sponsored program (Recreation
Equipment Incorporated (REI), Subaru,
the North Face, Nike, LL Bean, Smartwool,
and Coleman are major contributors).
- OLS is recognized
by a small audience in the camp and
youth industry. The Leave No Trace program
is recognized by federal agencies and
- OLS is a small piece
of the ACA puzzle. The Center’s
mission is to promote responsible outdoor
recreation—it’s all they
offered by the Center
- The Frontcountry
Initiative: An initiative designed
to meet the increased demand for education
in Day-Use areas (local parks, on-site
Promoting Environmental Awareness in
Kids: Four creative and fun lessons
for ages six to twelve incorporating
the Leave No Trace Principles.
Trainers: Traveling educator—the
Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers—two
teams of professional outdoor educators,
who have logged close to ½ million
miles in their official Subaru Outbacks.
With this program the Leave No Trace
message has reached over 7 million individuals.
No Trace Masters and Trainers Courses:
Two- and five-day courses that prepare
an individual with additional knowledge
and teaching skills in the Leave No
the Plan? 
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