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 Note: For your first campout, just bring as much of the following equipment as you already own or can borrow.  You will need a sleeping bag and a closed-cell foam camp sleeping mat right away, but try not to buy any other new equipment until you have been on a couple campouts and had a chance to talk to your Scoutmaster about what to buy.  

 ____ BACKPACK (and/or large Sports Equipment Bag, and/or Duffel Bag). Line it with a Lawn Bag first, to keep contents dry.


____ CLOSED-CELL FOAM CAMP SLEEPING PAD ($7, Walmart's camping section).

____ RAINCOAT (If buying new, see "Wish List," below)

____ EXTRA PAIR PANTS (non-cotton, if possible -- check the tags for polyester, nylon, or other synthetics)

____ WOOL SWEATER, or POLYESTER SWEATSHIRT (about $3 at Thrift Stores).

____ LONG SLEEVE SHIRT (Wool or synthetic fiber for insulating quality/quick drying-$3 at thrift stores).



____ HAT (with brim for sun)

____ GOOD QUALITY WHISTLE on neck chain.

____ MESS-KIT (BOWL, CUP, FORK, SPOON, PLATE -- (plastic keeps food warmer than metal).

____ 2 ONE-QUART WATER BOTTLES, filled ("Nalgene" Bottles are the most dependable).


____ SMALL FIRST AID KIT (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).

____ PEN & POCKET NOTEPAD, (No, you can't borrow ours), BSA HANDBOOK (Free when you join)

____ CLEAN-UP KIT (Small Hand Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, Fast-Drying Camp Towel).

____ TOILET PAPER (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).

____ "BLUE" 5'X7' TARP (or other Plastic Ground Sheet to keep sleeping bag dry).

____ BUG REPELLENT (non-aerosol)




Always pack for one season COLDER than now!

 Avoid cotton clothes (like blue jeans and cotton sweatshirts) for outdoor use. 


Wish List for Birthdays, Christmas:


____ 100% POLYPROPYLENE LONG UNDERWEAR (Required for winter campouts and summer deep-woods backpacking trips, but recommended year-around for rainy weather, and for cold nights & mornings in the summer.  If buying new, look for 100% Polypropylene, NOT the white "waffle pattern" cotton blend sold in boys’ departments).

____ OFFICIAL SCOUT SHIRT (We have some “recycled” Scout shirts available for $5, see Rick)

____ TROOP ACTIVITY PANTS (Green Olive-Drab Nylon Zip-Off Cargo Pants, or Green Olive-Drab Army BDUs) See: 

____ HIKING BOOTS  (Buy 1/2 size larger to fit heavy hiking socks--Make sure your boots are NOT TOO TIGHT!).


____ COMPASS with a BASE-PLATE, in a Zip-Lock bag (with map, if you have one).

____ POCKETKNIFE (SMALL Swiss Army Knife on neck chain, $13. Never buy a knife made in China!)

____ Good quality RAIN SUIT (includes rain pants, about $40 for a set that will last)

____ SMALL “3 MAN” DOME TENT -- WE NEED THEM! (When buying new, the outer rain cover should come all the way down to the ground.  Costs about $50 on sale)

____ WATER SHOES (For walking in water with stones and possible hazards like glass)

Reprinted with permission of The Inquiry Net:                                                        Doc 5/26/2004






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