Environmental Stewardship

ACA Partners with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to Promote Sound Environmental Stewardship Practices in Camp

The American Camp Association has a long tradition of providing programs to teach skills in the outdoors, including environmental stewardship and awareness.

ACA’s Environmental Stewardship Time Line

  • 1960's: ACA Campcrafters program initially established.
  • 1991: Campcrafters program receives a "facelift" and name change. Enter – Outdoor Living Skills Program (OLS).
  • 1991: Take a New Bearing, a comprehensive guide for teaching and learning appropriate outdoor skills published by Phyllis M. Ford.
  • 2000: The OLS program is updated.
  • August, 31, 2005: ACA phases out the OLS program and incorporates the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (The Center) programs for camp staff, youth, and outdoor leaders needing instructional training on outdoor programs.

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. www.lnt.org

For more information about the Leave No Trace – American Camp Association Partnership please e-mail Amy Katzenberger akatzenberger@ACAcamps.org or call 765-349-3515 at ACA, or for Leave No Trace Program information, contact Ben Lawhon at ben@lnt.org or 303-442-8222, ext.104.