The BSA has partnered with the Tread Lightly! organization as a supplemental educational program to provide outdoor ethics guidance and tools in support of the Outdoor Code.  Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization who's mission is to promote responsilbe outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewarship.  The scope of their eduational program includes both the land and the water. This program is specifialy used within the BSA to provide practical ethical guidance in making ethical decisions and skills in the areas of geocaching, mountain biking, hunting, snowsports, horseback riding, recreational shooting, ATV riding, fishing, mortoized boating, and personal watercraft program areas.  The Occoneechee Council is a proud Alliance member of Tread Lightly!




Tread Lighlty! Principles

Travel Responsibly

Travel responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords, when possible, avoid, wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.

Respect the Rights of Others

Including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their creational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, kiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.

Educate Yourself

Prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.

Avoid Sensitive Areas

Avoid sensitive areas on land such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don't disturb historical, archiological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.

Do Your Part

Do your part by modeling appropriate behavior, leave the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoinding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.


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Tread Lighlty! for Kids

Travel On Trails Or Other Legal Areas

Keep your feet and wheels on open roads, trail or in legal riding areas.  Ask an adult before crossing and/or playing in streams and rivers.  When you step off the trail to search for campsites, fishing holes or a nice spot to rest, watch your step and don't trample plants.  Use maps and signs to help you stay on the trail.  Walk or ride slowly through puddles and mud on the trail - not around.  When you ride on a bike or ATV, if you can't go over an object, turn back.  Report the trail obstacle to the ranger.  Keep control of your bike, dirt bikes or ATV.

Respect Animals, Plants and People

Don't chase, scare, feed or try to pet animals.  Don't carve on tree bark or draw graffiti on trees and rocks.  Watch out for other people on the trails.  Keep the noise down, especially in camp.  Don't shine yoru flashlight into other camps.  Don't ride through other camps.

Every Time You Go Outdoors, Think Safety, Bring a Friend And Be Prepared

Always tell an adult where you are going, who you are going with, and when you will be back.  Remember to pack the seven important items: water, food, first aid kit, raincoat or poncho, flashlight, sunscreen and a whistle.  When trail riding or hiking, don't leave the trail - you are less likely to get lost and much easier to find.  if you think that you are lost, stay where you are and blow your whistle.  Don't wander off at night.  Bring a map, check the weather, and find out about wildlife to be aware of in your area.  Bring the proper clothes including good shoes and a jacket - wear a helmet and other protective gear when you ride.

Always Leave The Outdoors Better Than You Found It

Don't litter or leave food or trash behind.  Pick up trash left by others - as long as it is safe.  Wash your bike or ATV and other gear after every ride so you won't spread weed seeds.  Leave plants and flowers for others to see.  Lend a hand, plant trees and other plants witih your local ranger.  Clean up after your pets.  Convince others to keep the land and water clean.

Discover How Fun the Outdoors Can Be When You Tread Lightly!

 Keep your parents and ranger happy - follow the rules.  Remember the great outdoors is home to Lightfoot and his friends - treat it with care.  You wil have more fun if you take care of the outdoors.  Make the right choices - if you do something wrong others might follow and make more damage.

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