Camping Information

Commonly forgotten items marked in red. Scouts should pack their own gear, but parents should inspect.

10 Essentials for Day Pack
  • Pocketknife (only with current Totin’ Chip training and they are allowed at campsite) 
  • First aid kit (make sure you restock it before each trip--see below)
  • Extra clothing as necessary
  • Rain gear 
  • Filled canteen (1 liter); a hydration pack can be used but must have an actual canteen too.
    (Canteens and hydro packs are not allowed in tents due to possible leakage.)
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp (check/change batteries before trip)
  • Trail mix (not junk food; food is not allowed in tents)
  • Matches/Fire starter (only with current Fire’n Chit training) 
  • Sun protection--including your Scout hat (or appropriate head gear), neckerchief, and unscented sun screen
  • Map and compass of area
731 Additional Essentials
  • Personal Medicines* (do not share over-the-counter medicines with other scouts)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Insect repellent (Unscented)
  • Toilet paper (small end-roll) 
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste (unscented or keep with Ziplock bag with food)
  • Deodorant (Unscented!)
  • Whistle for emergencies 
  • Non-disposable camping mess kit, including plate/bowl, utensils, and cup (Leave No Trace)
    Light-weight metal so Scout can cook directly in the mess kit on backpacking trips.
    Light-weight stove and fuel for backpacking trips.
  • Lip balm (with sun screen protection)
  • Small hand-sanitizer bottle
  • Emergency Mylar blanket
  • Sunglasses
*Scouts are responsible for taking their own medicine unless parents make arrangements with trip Scoutmaster in advance.

Other Camping Gear
  • Pillow (if desired--use a light-weight blow-up camping pillow or a rolled up jacket)
  • Self-Inflating sleeping pad (if desired)
  • Healthful Snacks (not junk food; food and drinks are not allowed in tents)
  • Plastic bag to keep shoes dry overnight outside the tent
  • Camping backpack all your gear, including sleeping bag (always use a backpack even for car-camping; do not use school backpacks, duffel bags, or suitcases)
  • Day pack for non-backpacking hikes
  • Jacket or sweatshirt for evening; possibly warm hat and gloves depending on season/weather
Other Items
  • Official (Class A) Scout uniform (to be worn to and from outing, and for ceremonies)
  • Activity (Class B) shirt
  • Camping chair--ONLY if allowed on trip; check with Senior Patrol Leader or a Scoutmaster first
  • Scout Handbook (write name in it; put in Ziplock bag), for car camping trips. Be sure to record all camping trips and activities in it for rant advancement.
  • Extra batteries for flashlight
  • Extra replacement clothing (underwear, socks, etc.) and shoes in waterproof bag(s)
  • Watch (waterproof if possible)
Not Allowed
  • Electronics, including smart phones* and tablets; non-phone cameras are allowed (respect privacy in tents)
    *Phones may be allowed for Scouts with medical conditions with Scoutmaster's permission
  • Food or drinks in tent
  • Shoes in tent
  • Sandals and flip-flops unless campsite has pool or showers available
  • Walking around barefoot or in socks
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Fireworks
Furnished by Troop (unless otherwise noted)
  • Tents (when approved by the Scoutmaster, the Spartan patrol may bring their own one- or two-man tents)
  • Cooking and clean-up equipment (except for actual backpacking trips; Scouts must have their own backpacking stove, gas, cooking mess kit, and food)
*Personal First Aid Kit Items
  • 6 adhesive bandages
  • 2 sterile gauze pads, about 3x3 inches
  • 1 small roll of adhesive medical tape
  • Moleskin, 3x6 inches
  • Small tube of antiseptic cream/ointment
  • Small scissors
  • Pair of medical gloves