Ten Essentials

The Boy Scout Outdoor (Ten) Essentials

Any time a Scout goes on a camping trip or hike, he should always be prepared by carrying the following ten essential items in his pack. These essentials will allow a scout to survive in the outdoors in most emergency situations.

  1. Pocketknife (when you complete Totin’ Chip training) or multipurpose tool

  2. First-aid kit

  3. Extra clothing

  4. Headlamp or Flashlight (with extra batteries)

  5. Rain gear

  6. Water bottle, filled (1 liter)

  7. Map and compass (and watch, preferably)

  8. Matches/Fire starter (when you complete Firem'n Chit training)

  9. Sun protection and sunglasses

  10. Trail food

Recommended beyond "the Ten":

  • Whistle

  • Signal mirror

  • Insect repellant

  • Toilet paper (small roll)

  • Rope