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.


1929 Susquehanna Hall Road
Whiteford MD 21160