Scouts should always pack their own gear, but parents should inspect before the trip.
Scout Essentials for Pack
- Pocketknife (only with current Totin’ Chip training and they must be allowed at campsite.)
- First aid kit (make sure you restock it before each trip--see below)
- Extra clothing as necessary depending on length of trip (socks, underwear, shirts, etc.)
- Rain gear
- Filled canteen (2 liters minimum, however, be sure to include water needed for backpacking cooking.) Multiple One-liter collapsible canteens or water bag might be a better choice to distribute weight in backpack.
- A hydration pack can be used but must have separate water containers too.
- (Canteens and hydro packs are NOT allowed in tents due to possible leakage or being stepped on.)
- Flashlight and/or headlamp (check/change batteries before trip)
- Trail mix (avoid 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
- Personal Medicines* (never 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 (Leave No Trace), including plate/bowl, utensils, and cup. Must be 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
*Scouts are responsible for taking their own medicine unless parents make arrangements with trip Scoutmaster in advance.
Other Camping Gear
- Pillow (suggest Scout uses a light-weight blow-up camping pillow or a rolled up jacket)
- Foam or inflatable 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
- Official (Class A) Scout uniform (to be worn to and from outing, and for all ceremonies)
- Activity (Class B) shirt
- Light-weight 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 clothing (underwear, socks, etc.) and shoes in waterproof bag(s)
- Watch (waterproof if possible)
- Smart phones should only be used with permission of Scoutmaster; non-phone cameras are allowed (respect privacy in tents).
- 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
Furnished by Troop (unless otherwise noted)
- Tents (when approved by the Scoutmaster, the Spartan patrol may bring their own one-man tents)
- Car-Camping: Cooking and clean-up equipment. (For backpacking trips, Scouts must have their own backpacking stove, gas, cooking mess kit, and food.)
*Personal First Aid Kit Items (not a complete list)
- 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