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What a Scout Should Pack for Camping

posted Apr 30, 2009, 8:42 PM by PV Shrikanth
Perhaps the best part about scouting is the camping trips. From hot weather to the freeze-o-ree, a scout must be prepared. The following is a recommended list of items to help the scout decide what he will need for most Scout Camping trips. Special events will obviously have different requirements. Please use common sense and your own judgment. If you have any questions as to what on this list to bring, refer to your scout manual.

(Refer to Boy Scout Handbook)

CLOTHING ITEMS (NO OPEN TOE FOOTWEAR, mark name on all items)
Full Scout uniform, Hiking boots
Jacket, Sweatshirt/sweater
Poncho or rain gear
Rugged jeans, Shorts, T-shirts (2 pair min.)
Extra underwear, Extra socks (2 pair min.) Tennis shoes
Bath towels, Pajamas
Handkerchiefs, Close toe water shoe
Garbage bag for dirty clothes

Duffel bag
Sleeping bag, Ground cloth or foam pad,
Flashlight, batteries & bulb, extra drinking cup,
Compass and Whistle
Day Pack, Water Bottle
Nylon braided cord (50 ft.) or parachute cord
Pocketknife (Boy Scout type) or basic Swiss Army type,
Mosquito netting

Scout Handbook, Wristwatch, Pen, pencil & paper
Money, Prescription medications, Camera & film
First Aid Kit, Sewing kit, etc.
Snacks in ziplocks marked with name

Toothbrush & Comb
Sun block, Chapstick
Toothpaste, Soap
Insect repellent (lotion type)

Hunting bows and arrows, Firearms
Fireworks & lighters
Knives with blades of 3 inches or longer, Ammunition
Alcoholic beverages, Illicit drugs
Radios, tape players, TV, disc players, CDs, Jewelry
Electronic games, Sheath knives
Aerosol & spray cans or bottles, Card (playing cards)
Anything that propels an object, Buck knives

(Refer to Boy Scout Handbook)

Winter Camping essentials 
In general, dress in multiple thin layers of synthetic clothing. No cotton!
Examples: polyester, acrylic, or polypropylene. Wool is the only natural fiber recommended.
Bring clothing to allow for two different activity levels, one active and one for stationary around camp.
Layer your clothing in three different types:

  1. The first layer against the skin should be long underwear that will be the wicking layer to transport the moisture from your perspiration from your skin.
  2. The second layer should be the layer that traps warm air and creates insulation from the cold. This layer contains lofty material that has dead air space such as fleece – "Polartec", synthetic down, or down. The higher the loft the warmer you will be.
  3. The third layer should keep out moisture. This is to keep your insulating clothing dry but also allow your perspiration to escape.
Remember the four W’s, Wicking, Warmth, Windproof, and Waterproof.
Start with the headgear and work down to the feet.
Stocking hat or better yet balaclava (fleece or wool), 40-50% of the total body heat loss occurs from the head and neck
Brimmed hat or visor if sunny.
Sun block – minimum SPF 15, the higher the better
SPF rated lip balm
Wicking T-shirt and/or long undershirt
Thermal underwear shirt, at least 2.
Wind shirt – long sleeve with or without fleece (options: turtleneck, workout suit, sweatshirt)
Windbreaker jacket (used for high activity)
Jacket for warmth – fleece "Polartec", synthetic down, or down
Hooded rain parka or jacket – can be used as windbreaker jacket if coatings are breathable like "Gore-tex"
Liner gloves
Mittens are warmer than fingered gloves, water-resistant, at least 2 pairs
Shell mittens - waterproof
Thermal long underwear pants, 2 pairs.
Hiking pants (options: workout pants, fleece pants, running tights)
Wind pants
Fleece, synthetic down, or down pants/bib for around camp
Thin ski pants/bib, weatherproof but breathable
Liner wicking socks
Thick wool or synthetic sock
Waterproof boots – Gore-tex boots with insulation is best, insulated snow boots, sealed leather hiking boots
Sleeping gear
Sleeping bag – mummy style - rated minimum of 15-20 degrees, with waterproof stuff sack
If not rated properly, bring additional sleeping bag to sleep within.
Optional - sleeping bag liner to increase warmth or sleep with long thermal underwear.
Full-length foam sleeping pad or inflatable foam pad
Space blanket, medium to heavy duty aluminized tarp 5’ x7’
Flashlight, extra batteries
Toiletry kit
Towel and handiwipes
Money for optional expenses
Extra set of clothes for trip home or if trip extends to another day
Water bottle
Tarp or pad to sit on
First aid kit
Toilet paper
Snacks for hike