The Boy Scout Motto is "Be Prepared" but you can't realistcly be prepared for everything except to "relax" A cub scout Pack rarely has "Pack supplied gear", you will have to provide your own or borrow form our group. The following is a basic and essential camping gear list for camping. If you forget something, don't worry. The seasoned campers usually will have two of everything that you can borrow. Several of us have an extra tent that you can use for your first outing. Just ask and we wll do our best to get the tent to you in time to learn to set it up.
Tent – When purchasing a tent look for one with enough head clearance to stand up. Also go by measurement not person, you will never get as many people comfortably as they say.
Tarp – You will need a tarp large enough to cover the ground under your tent. Even if your tent has tarp material, moisture from the ground condensates under the tent, so use a tarp to keep the tent clean and moisture free. During cold weather, an extra tarp over the top holds in heat. During long periods of rain even the best of tents eventually start to leak. An extra tarp over the top can help prevent a wet tent.
Flashlight – Every Scout should have his own flashlight. Not only is it practical, it provides some sense of security to young boys in the dark woods to have a flashlight next to their pillow. Headlights are popular too. These are the lights you wear on your head for hands free illumination.
Sleeping bag – A typical light weight bag is fine. A 40 degree bag as a minimum. Good old blankets are fine too.
Pillow - Some air mattresses come with air pillows, throw them out and bring one from home. If you have ever tried to sleep on a baloon you will know why.
Air mattress or cot –If you buy an air mattresses, I suggest singles, they do loss air and with large ones when one person moves the other does too. DO NOT allow your scout to jump on them and do not walk on them as it will stress the seams and you will be on the ground by morning. I prefer a cot as it is off the ground and your gear can go underneath, but make sure they will fit into your tent.
Lantern(battery) – You should have a battery powered lantern for inside your tent. Do not bring a fuel lantern into your tent. It is not only a burn and fire hazard but carbon monoxide creator.
Cooler – This should be large enough for lots of drink especially water and your food for the weekend. Some bring two, one for food one for drink. Rember to rancoon proof it at night. Remond your scouts NOT to raid other peoples coolers.
Chairs – You should bring a folding chair for every one in you party.
Utensils – Bring either plastic or paper plates, cups and silverware for the weekend for your family.
Condiments - the basics
Paper towels – For clean up
Matches or lighter - A stick lighter works best , do not allow children to play with them
Wipies – For a quick wipe down
Toiletries – Don’t forget your toothbrush, paste, shampoo, soap, towels etc.
Bug Spray – forticks and mosquitoes
Sun screen – Water or sweat proof
Hat- for sunny walks
Medications – Any you might possibly need
Good hiking shoes – Do not wear sandals, flip flops or open shoes, never go bare foot at camp. This is for adults too.
Battery powered fan – even a little air movement will make a huge difference.
Garbage bags - each family most pack out their personel trash
Water water water - Every one will be more active then usual, drink clear liquids often. Note: Soda is fine for an occasional drink but not as the only source or fluids. A soda is actually a mild diuretic (makes you pee) and can case you to loose more fluids then is replaces. Dehydration is a serious concern and you should push fluids.
Camping optional items:
Camping cook set
Battery power and inverter
Small folding table for in the tent
Basic first aid kit
Extra change of cloths – We get dirty. An extra pair of shoes is a good idea too
Rope or string
Duct tape - works for everything from cuts to tears
Mat or small rug -this is nice to keep the dirt out of your tent and give a place to remove shoes
Toilet paper – just in case, I have been on camping trips where the rest rooms ran out.
Kitchen set – wash tub, drain, etc
Games – incase it rains
Tent seam sealer
Air mattress repair kit
Extra lantern mantels
Gallon zip lock bags
Small duffle - bag for going to shower
cleaning supplies - dish soap
extra tarp - many uses
swim suit - just in case we have lifegaurds and registered, trained leaders
For cooler weather:
Things to not bring to camping:
Liquid fuel or open flame lanterns
Candlers or torches
Childeren that are not either a registered scout or a sibling of a registered scout
Electronics (radios, tv, dvd, etc)
Other Electrical devices lights, fans, heaters- unless you have an invertor, there is generally no electrical service at youth sites.
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