Leave No Trace (New Environmental Care Code)

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Running a base designed to fit with the Silver Badge > Community Cornerstone > Help Others > Give an example of where to use the Environmental Care Code. Focus on introducing the seven principles of NZ Leave No Trace and the activity specific care codes.



The NZ Environmental Care Code (ECC) was developed for a number of years and has been used and generally understood by the NZ public since. DOC decided to replace the ECC with the 7 LNT principles because although the goal of both are the same, LNT is used internationally and aims to develop people’s environmental ethics. Leave No Trace branches now exist in the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Complete the free online Leave No Trace Course through the Department of Conservation (http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/training-and-teaching/online-courses/leave-no-trace-online-course/) Approximately 1 hour. Registration required.

Download the attached Leave No Trace (LNT) pocket guide (A6) and activity booklet (A5) as a reference if you wish.

Download and PRINT the attached Leave No Trace (LNT) cards.


Familiarise yourself with the Leave No Trace (LNT) principles. They are similar to the old NZ Environmental Care Code (ECC).

1. Download the LNT Cards (See attached PDF File).
2. Give each scout an LNT Card. Give them them two three minutes to read the card and think through a situation where it might apply.
3. Ask them share (a) the principle; (b) what the principle means, (c) where or when it applies.
4. Allow two to three minutes per scout. (There are seven principles).


  • community cornerstone
  • Environmental Care Code
  • Leave No Trace
  • silver scout award

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