Day camp is just a few days away!! As with any scout outing, we will be practicing the Leave no Trace Guidelines….but this week with a Western theme… (for a printable flyer, click 6 Leave no trace guidelines for Cow Pokes
6 Leave No Trace Guidelines for Y’all Cowpokes
Beware of all the hazards on that thar trail y’all be headin’ down. Iffin’ you’re gonna be heardin’ steers to market or prospectin’ make sure you have everything you need on the trail. Have the proper clothing and shoes to protect your hide from the sun and any stickers and rocks…
Don’t be forgettin’ to fill your water whenever you can. You never know when you might find a nice little spring or rushin’ river.
Your Trail Boss will know where the first aid kits will be. And we know you’ve already told someone back home that you’ve signed on for our ride down the trail.
Stick to Trails
It’s best to be stickin’ to the trails and maps. Short-cutting causes plants to die and soil to errode. Doing so may just tick of a rattler, or cut back the food supply for those wild mustangs you may want to corral later. And ifin’ your following an old prospectors map, the trees and trails you’re needing to find your way may no longer be.
Manage your pet
Now we can’t be having any pets on this western adventure…but if you seek adventure with your family…y’all best be managin’ your pet to keep people, other pets, rattlers, wild mustangs and other trail life from feeling threatened. Make sure your pet is on it’s leash or corralled at all times. Don’t let your pet approach any other animals…including them thar snakes, and wild mustangs. When creatures are chased or disturbed, they change their eating patterns and use more energy, which may result in poor health or death
Your pets waste just ain’t something y’all should be leaving along the trail. Be sure to have plenty of bags to pick up your pets waste…wherever it’s left. Place used bags in the garbage you get back to the homestead or circle the wagons for the night.
Leave what you find
Now keep in mind how much you’re enjoying the sites along the trail. The next group of cow pokes will enjoy the sites just as much as you. The less impact we each make, the longer we will enjoy what we have. If you be pickin’ even the smallest flower, it denies other cow pokes the opportunity to see them and reduces the number of plants fer all them thar creatures to eat.
Now when you’re out on that ole trail, you can help keep it up…the trail boss might be able to tell you about an approved conservation project. Iffin’ there aint an approved project, y’all can just pick up any trash you may see.
Respect other visitors
Now the west bein’ wild and free…y’all may run across some other cowpokes or prospectors. Be courteous and make room for others. We don’t want any fightin’ or claim jumpin’ so give others a wide berth. Avoid making excessive loud noises or playing loud music, it may not be to the liking of others around you.
Respect “No Tresspassing” signs. Iffin’ bounderies are unclear y’all best not be entering, nobody likes a claim jumper.
Trash your trash
Now, y’all be keepin’ all trash in a bag and deposited into an approved garbage can at the end of your day on the trail. Trash is unsightly and ruins everyone’s trail experience. Trash can kill all sorts of critters, on the land and in the waterin’ holes. Even materials such as orange peels, apple cores and food scraps take time to break down and could attract unwanted pests that could become a problem.