Prepared. For Life.®

Camping Preparations

Scout Basic Essentials

Every scouting trip, whether a day hike or a week-long camping trip, begins with Scout Basic Essentials.
First-aid kit
Extra clothing
Rain gear
Water bottle x 2 (and method to treat water in the backcountry)
Flashlight (w/ red light option is a plus)
Trail food
Matches and fire starters
Sun protection
Map and compass
Insect repellent

Personal Overnight Camping Gear

For overnight camping trips, scouts should pack their personal overnight gear.

Required Personal Gear

Scout Basic Essentials
Clothing appropriate for the season
Backpack with rain cover
Sleeping bag, or two or three blankets
Sleeping pad
Ground cloth
Mess kit (spoon, plate, bowl, cup)
Cleanup kit (soap, toothbrush, dental floss, comb, washcloth, towel, hand sanitizer)
Nylon cord, 50 feet

Personal Extras (Optional)

Small notebook
Pencil or pen
Small musical instrument

Troop and Patrol Gear

The troop and patrols do have gear that is used on the trips helping to reduce the items that scouts need to purchase.

Troop Overnight Gear

Tents with poles, stakes, ground cloths, and lines
Dining fly
Nylon cord, 50 feet
Backpacking stoves and fuel
Group first-aid kit
Cook kit

one per patrol and one for the adults (pots and pans; spatula, large spoon, and/or ladle, depending on menus; two plastic sheets, each 4-by-4-feet; matches and/or butane lighters in waterproof containers)

Cleanup kit

one per patrol and one for the adults (sponge or dishcloth; biodegradable soap; sanitizing rinse agent/bleach; scouring pads, no-soap type; plastic trash bags; toilet paper in plastic bag)

Repair kit (thread, needles, safety pins)

Troop Extras (Optional)

Hot-pot tongs
Camp shovel
Water container, one 1-gallon or two 1/2-gallon collapsible, plastic
Pot rods
Patrol flag
Small U.S. flag
Camp saw
Lanterns and fuel

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