Scouts should always pack their own gear, but parents should inspect before the trip.
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Scout Essentials for Pack
Day-pack items in blue.
Pocketknife (only with current Totin’ Chip training and they must be allowed at campsite.)
Our Council does not allow straight blades on BSA property.
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.)
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)
Insect repellent (Unscented)
Toilet paper (small end-roll); lightweight trowel
Toothbrush/toothpaste (unscented or keep with Ziplock bag with food)
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
Pair of medical gloves