Scouts should always pack their own gear, but parents should inspect before the trip.
Camping backpack is desired choice
Canvas duffel bag can be used for some car-camping trips
Summer camps may use storage box
Additional day-pack for non-backpacking hikes
Sleeping Bag (weather appropriate)
Foam or inflatable sleeping pad (if desired)
Pillow (suggest Scout use a light-weight blow-up camping pillow or a rolled up jacket)
Official (Class A) Scout uniform (to be worn to and from outing, and for all ceremonies)
Activity (Class B) shirts
Extra clothing as necessary depending on length of trip (socks, underwear, shirts, etc.)
Separate clothing for sleeping
Closed-toe shoes appropriate for weather
Plastic bag large enough to keep shoes dry overnight outside the tent
Jacket or sweatshirt for evening; possibly warm hat and gloves depending on season/weather
Warm hat and gloves based on weather
Sandals may only be worn during summer camp showers (never around camp)
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.
Hot beverage cup
Canteen (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.
Trail mix and healthful snacks (avoid junk food)
Notes: Canteens and hydro packs are NOT allowed in tents due to possible leakage or being stepped on. Food is NOT allowed in tents.
First aid kit (make sure you restock it before each trip--see below)
Flashlight and/or headlamp (check/change batteries before trip)
Pocketknife (only with current Totin’ Chip training and they must be allowed at campsite.) Matches/Fire starter (only with current Firem’n Chit training)
Sun protection--unscented sun screen
Map and compass of area
Insect repellent (Unscented)
Small hand-sanitizer bottle
Emergency Mylar blanket
Whistle for emergencies
Lip balm (with sun screen protection)
Toilet paper (small end-roll)
Other personal toiletries needed
*Scouts are responsible for taking their own medicine unless parents make arrangements with trip Scoutmaster in advance. Never share over-the-counter medicines.
Other Camping Gear
Light-weight camping chair--if allowed on trip; check with Senior Patrol Leader or a Scoutmaster
Scout Handbook for car camping trips. (write name in it; put in Ziplock bag),
Extra batteries for flashlight
Watch (waterproof if possible)
Light-weight stove and fuel for backpacking trips.
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
Furnished by Troop (unless otherwise noted)
Car-Camping: Cooking and clean-up equipment.
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