The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to –
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation minded.


As an American, I will do my best to . . .


. . . Be clean in my outdoor manners . . .

I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
I will take care of it for myself and others.
I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.


. . . Be careful with fire . . .

I will prevent wildfire.
I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.


. . . Be considerate in the outdoors . . .

I will treat public and private property with respect.
I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.


. . . and, Be conservation minded.

I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
I will urge others to do the same.