New Scouts (and their parents) are frequently overwhelmed by the amount of gear the older Scouts have. That sense is compounded when confronted with an even greater selection at the local outdoor outfitter, and gives way to sticker shock at the checkout register. You don’t need all that! Bear in mind that the gear-hounds have been collecting that stuff for years. There are a lot of things that can make a stint in the back-country more enjoyable, but the Scout needs a year or two of experience to decide what fits his needs! Meanwhile, consider what clothing and equipment you already have. Weight and bulk are not significant issues for drop-in or long term camping, There are some troop tents available to help defer that cost. Two liter soft drink bottles make an acceptable first canteen, a big garbage bag can make an emergency poncho or duffle bag, and most every home has an unused flashlight that can be diverted. That leaves a sleeping bag and pad as about the only initial investment.( CLICK HERE FOR MORE EQUIPMENT)  The rest of it can be acquired as needs dictate, and provides opportunities for birthday and holiday gifts for many years! Remember too, that we have many youth who outgrow or replace their gear and can provide you with "experienced" equipment at reasonable prices.  (Boots and Blisters #102)

Throughout the year, the Troop embarks on a variety of different outings, providing experience in drop-in camping, backpacking, and long term camping. The equipment needs for each trip will vary with the seasons and the nature of the trip, so the following is intended as a guide. Further questions can be answered by your Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, or an adult leader.

This information can be found in the Scout Handbook.

COLD Weather Outings: click HERE

Weekend Outings                            Moderate Weather Outdoor Equipment List

Tent, two person, lightweight (One for every two Scouts. The Troop has these.)
Ground cloth (cut to fit base footprint of the tent)
Backpack and frame (useful equipment carrier for most trips, essential for pack trips)
Sleeping bag and stuff sack (Recommend mummy style synthetic-fill bag rated to temperatures of 0 degrees F.)
Sleeping pad
Flashlight (Penlight with AA batteries)
Pocket knife (after Totin’ Chip or Tenderfoot rank)
Water bottles or canteen. (Carry at least 2 to 3 quarts of water per person on hikes)
Drinking cup (8-12 oz. with measurement markings)
Plate / Bowl (take only a plastic bowl on backpacking trips)
Dining utensils (take only the spoon on backpacking trips)
Two empty garbage (lawn & leaf) bags
Rain suit or poncho Scout handbook
Personal first aid kit
Personal toiletries kit, including soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste and comb
Sunscreen and/or insect repellant depending on season and destination
Whistle or signalling device

Optional, depending on trip:
Folding chair
Backpacking stove – one per 2-4 scouts, used only on pack trips.
Food and cooking gear
Map & Compass
Notepad and pen/pencil
Books or Devotional materials
Rope (50' x 3/8"nylon laid)
Fishing Equipment
Water Filter and/or purification method
Money - $5 to $10 if stopping for meals enroute
trail snack


Wear full "Class A" uniform for all travel to and from our destination
Boots or sturdy shoes with ankle support
Polypropylene or wool socks - not cotton
Additional underwear
Troop or Scout T-shirt(s)
Spare pants and shirt appropriate to climate at destination


comfortable shoes for wear in campsite and during transit.

For winter and transitional season camping, add
click Winter Equipment List  and Winter First Aid

Coat/jacket Hat Gloves
Thermal underwear
Other clothing that lends itself to layering

For warm weather camping, you might also include:

Brimmed hat for sun protection
Summer Camps usually provide tents and cots for accommodations, and dining facilities. Scouts who’ve signed up for summer camp or a High Adventure trip will receive a suggested equipment list, but the following list can provide a generic starting point for summer camp.
Camp box with combination lock
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad (optional)


Wear full uniform for all travel, flag ceremonies, and evening meals
Boots or sturdy shoes with ankle support
Socks & underwear
Troop or Scout T-shirts
Spare pants and long sleeved shirt (it can get chilly at night at those mountain camps)
Comfortable shoes for wear in campsite and during transit
Flashlight & spare batteries
Pocket knife (after Totin’ Chip or Tenderfoot rank)
Water bottles or canteen.
Rain suit or poncho
Scout handbook
Personal toiletries kit, including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and comb
Two towels
Insect repellant
Notepad and pen/pencil
Merit Badge pamphlets and and special materials required to complete each (specified by camp)
Money - $4 to $10 per day for supplies, snacks and souvenirs


Athletic equipment
Books or Devotional materials
Fishing Equipment

*Forbidden items at any outing (in addition to the obvious no-nos)*
Firearms, slingshots, or martial arts weapons, or ammunition for same.
Radios, TVs, Gameboys, laser pointers, or any other electronic devices (ok for the car trip, but no on the trail.)
Fixed blade knives or any knife with a blade longer than 3"
Gasoline or other liquid fuel
Open toe shoes or "trail sandals"