More Equipment

There is one thing about equipment, buy the best you can afford.  In 1973 I bought most of the essential equipment that I needed for backpacking.  I took care of it, cleaning after each trip or when things became dirty.  I still use the sleeping bag, I just retired the pack and the tent is still in good condition, but I've worn the waterproofing off the bottom.  Here are some of my picks for equipment for the type of trip we do.  Judge wisely...

Backpacks:  EXTERNAL FRAME, these packs are cooler than the internal frame packs.  Althought he internal are getting better.  The external has ready access to the contents of the pack without having to dig down through everything.

Campmor

Here are some of the packs that I think would be a good entry level and last as the Scout grows.  The cost is reasonable, too.  Packs don't need to be to big as they can be over loaded quickly.

Jansport Carson 90 External Frame Pack

Outdoor Products Saturn External Frame Pack

Kelty Large Yukon External Frame Pack

Kelty Large Yukon

MANY MORE PACKS

Sleeping Bags:  These are important items at night.  Without a good night's sleep, you will not function well during the day.  I think a 20 degree bag will handle most of the nights around here.  If you want to sleep in colder weather, you can always bring some thermal underwear.
Here are some Campmor bags that are pretty good.

Slumberjack Latitude 20F Mummy Sleeping Bag - Long  

Slumberjack Latitude 0F Mummy Sleeping Bag - Long

MANY MORE BAGS

See more at Campmor.

 

Hiking socks

REI

REI has very good equipment, too.  There is a store in Nashville.  You can go there to look and touch all these items.  They have many items that aren't on the web page.