Equipment & Personal Gear

Equipment lists abound and no two are alike. In addition, Scouting finances can be daunting, particularly initially. While Scouting is really no more expensive than many other activities, such as contact sports, the “start-up” cost can be intimidating. This page is designed as a guide of what to buy or rent and help you locate quality gear.

The first campout—Highest priority equipment

Upon joining the Troop and prior to attending his first camping trip, each Scout will need the following:

  • Class A and Class B uniforms

  • The Boy Scout Outdoor Ten Essentials

  • Boy Scout Handbook, pen, and notebook

  • Lightweight, synthetic-filled, mummy style sleeping bag, 0° or lower rating

  • Sleeping pad, foam or self-inflating

  • Mess kit (we do NOT recommend the bulky metal mess kit, rather get a strong collapsible bowl and a collapsible cup)

  • Eating utensils (a plastic “spork” works great)

  • High quality rain gear (jacket and pants, don't buy a poncho)

  • Cold weather gear (heavy coat, hat, gloves, etc.) Even in the summertime, you need cold weather gear in Colorado for hiking/camping. (Not bringing cold weather gear is by far the most frequent mistake new scouts make.)

  • Water bottle (recommend some type of Nalgene bottle—it’s nearly indestructible)

  • Headlamp (preferred) or flashlight

  • Small personal first-aid kit/survival kit

  • Personal hygiene bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb, etc.

  • Duffle bag (or similar) for packing their clothes and equipment

Additional equipment

There is additional equipment that is lower priority but still needed, probably within the first six months:

  • Good quality hiking boots, waterproof is best (Also need heavy, non-cotton hiking socks)

  • High-quality compass (recommend Silva, Suunto, or similar)

  • Backpack (internal or external frame)

  • Backpacking tent (check out models other Troop members have before investing)

  • Pocket knife (Scouts can’t carry one until they earn their Totin’ Chip)

  • Rope

  • Camp Chair (folding)

  • Insect repellent

Please see the attachment below: Personal Gear List for more details, recommended models, etc.

The Troop maintains an inventory of other equipment including dining tarps, cooking equipment, and other camping gear. This equipment is purchased from the proceeds of Troop fund-raising activities and the annual registration fees.