Seven Principles of Outdoor Ethics 


Plan Ahead and Prepare:

  • Know the regulations of BCMSR and any special local and/or seasonal restrictions;
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies; and
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, flagging or disturbing the ground in any way.

Camp and travel on durable surfaces:

  • Load all unit equipment in one or two cars to minimize traffic on BCMSR’s roads;
  • Park all cars in designated parking spots, not in or at the campsites; and
  • Arrive as early as possible to eliminate making camp in the dark.

Dispose of waste properly:

  • Please sort your trash for recycling (single stream, no separation needed) and dispose of in appropriate dumpsters;
  • Empty dishwater either down the sink or 200 feet away from the campsite, streams/lake and trails (strain food from water first); and
  • Use latrines and bathroom facilities appropriately for disposing of human waste. Do not dispose of garbage in latrines.

Leave what you find:

  • Preserve the past by observing, but do not touch cultural and historical artifacts;
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them for the next visitor; and
  • Do not build structures, camp furniture or dig trenches without prior approval from camp ranger.

Minimize campfire impacts:

  • Ask yourself, “Do we really need a campfire?”
  • Cook in established fire circles, on unit stoves or BCMSR stoves;
  • Do not create new campfire circles. Fires scorch the ground and sterilize the earth, use only existing circles; and
  • Stop the spread of harmful insects. Do not bring firewood to camp from home.

Respect Wildlife:

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not approach or follow them;
  • Never feed animals, it can damage their health and expose them to other dangers; and
  • No pets are allowed at BCMSR.

Be considerate of other visitors:

  • Respect other visitors and the quality of their outdoor experience;
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noise; and
  • Leave your campsite as good or better for the next visitors.
Follow all these seven points and we can all enjoy our outdoor experiences and keep Broad Creek beautiful.