Thursday, February 17, 2011

Leave No Trace Trainer Update from Florida

In November 2010, The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team East, Jason and Agata Ketterick, conducted a Trainer Course for Boy Scouts in Orlando, FL. We recently received an email from a participant who attended this Trainer Course with his son.

Here is an update from North Florida.

Noah and I have taught a number of Leave No Trace classes in Boy Scouts of America Council forums, such as the University of Scouting; Outdoor Leadership Skills to Scoutmasters and Assistants and on the Troop level. We are reaching out to other groups, such local elementary schools, with an emphasis on the PEAK training.

A class of note is the one Noah taught this past weekend on Leave No Trace Hunter Ethics at a Youth Hunt sponsored by the Future of Hunting in Florida (FHF).

Noah used the quote from the orange Leave No Trace Hunter Ethics card as his theme: “Hunting builds family traditions. Set a positive example for future generations by practicing Leave No Trace Principles.” The class was incorporated into the Hunter Safety program, and each participant, youth and adult, was given one of the Principles to explain or demonstrate. There are three (3) bears in the hunt area, and Noah is shown in the photo above leading the participants in using the “rule of thumb” for keeping a safe distance from wildlife. The participants dug "cat holes,” conducted a forensic examination of the fire ring the following morning, measured out a “bear triangle” and collected garbage to haul out.

John Fuller, the Executive Director of Future of Hunting in Florida (FHF), invited Noah to teach the Leave No Trace class. He said “We want every young hunter in Florida to develop a passion for the outdoors and to learn the best practices to be safe, responsible hunters. The Leave No Trace Hunter Ethics are something we look forward to incorporating into FHF’s programs and Youth Hunts. Noah Bush’s use of games and hand’s on demonstrations by the Dads and Sons started a conversation the first night that continued throughout the weekend. Everyone was talking about Leave No Trace when they were leaving. We look forward to having Noah back at our next Youth Hunt in February.”

Hope all is well on your end,

Are you interested in taking a Trainer Course from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers in 2011? Check our Community Pages to see if there is a course in your area. March 12-13th there are openings on a course in Kentucky at General Butler State Park.

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