Can someone please explain why there is an age requirement on the POR of Leave No Trace Trainer?
Currently on the Scouting.org, the wording is age 14 or completed the 16-hour LNT Trainer course. My Council is lacking LNT Master Educators and LNT Trainers (Adults) and has not offered LNT training that I'm aware of except for LNT Awareness for Adult Leaders at Summer Camp (which I took). Another Council is offering the training for Adults and Scouts but they have an age requirement of 14 to register for the class. The class is in Oct. a month before my son's 13th Birthday.
My boys have been in Scouting since 2nd and 1st grade. All of our Cub Masters, Assistant Cub Masters, and Den Leaders heavily emphasized the principles of LNT. (Before crossing over, we were on our 4th Cub Master and 3rd Assistant). Both of my boys as Cubs earned the Cub Scout World Conservation Award and LNT Awareness Award. My oldest is 12 and is First Class (about to earn Star after he completes his SM-assigned Leadership Project to help the Troop earn a Unit Hornaday Certificate (Award)). Our Troop currently does not have a LNT Trainer (although the Troop has plenty of boys that are 14 or older). My oldest has earned the Environmental Science MB and is working on the Camping MB. He practices LNT on each of his camping/outdoor trips (Scout and non-Scout) and he knows all 7 principles from memory. I think our Troop camps at least 10 times in a year (or more; we changed Troops in Feb.) and my oldest has 24 days and nights
of camping under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America.