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Outdoor Ethics


Welcome to the Golden Empire Council Outdoor Ethics Webpage. Our team serves as a resource to encourage the practice of good outdoor ethics in all scouting events that take place in the Council. If you would like to become part of the team, we meet approximately once a quarter on Tuesday evenings. The council has a goal to have one or more active Leave No Trace trainers in each district to ensure that we have enough trainers to meet local program needs. For more information or to find out how you can help, please contact the Golden Empire Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate, Jon Traum (


Congratulations to our four newest Leave no Trace Trainers in the council:

Kathi Thweatt

Sean Collins

Gary Smilkstein

Christopher Bradford

These scouters recently completed a 16-hour course and are now recognized as “Leave No Trace Trainers”. The course was held at Big Silver Group Campground on October 27th and 28th, 2018. Despite the cold, we all had a great time and learned a lot. Also, a big thanks to John Prelip, the California Leave No Trace State Advocate and Leave No Trace Master Educator who lead the course.

Other pictures of the weekend are here:


Overview of BSA Outdoor Ethic

BSA Outdoor Ethics Webpage (training opportunities and other resources):

Outdoor Ethics Guide handbook

Leave no Trace Webpage

Tread Lightly Webpage


251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

River City Scout Shop

251 Commerce Circle
Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)

10:30am - 3:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday

NorCal Scout Shop - Chico

3881 Benatar Way, Suite D
Chico, CA 95928

phone: (530) 809-0400

Hours of Operation:
11:00am - 6:00pm (W-F)
10:00am - 2:00pm (Saturday)
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

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