Cradle of Liberty Council,
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scout Handbook contains all you need to know when planning for a camping trip. However, sometimes we forget to take a look inside the book. On this page you will find some important reminders about what you should bring, AND what you cannot forget when camping!
This is not an all inclusive list. Each Scout needs to prepare for a trip based upon his own lifestyle...however, if a Scout is unprepared he may find that the camping trip resembles a spot on Survivor.
Dress for the season AND the weather report! This is not a complete list of what you need to think about and bring.
Spring & Fall
Extra T-shirts for layering
Gloves for cold nights
Knit cap for sleeping
Extra pair of shoes or boots
Cap or Hat
Cool Sleeping Shirt and Shorts
Pair of long pants
Sun Screen & Bug Spray
FIrst Aid Kit
Map & Compass
Small Games (not electronic; for longer trips)
Football or Frisbee
Backpack/Day Pack (your leaders and your friends will not carry your gear)
Sleeping Bag (no cartoon character bags allowed)
Toothbrush, Wash Cloth and Towel (boys will be boys but Troop 16 boys will be CLEAN)
Pencil, Scout Handbook, Camera, Sunglasses, Handsanitizer, Small Sewing kit, Extra TP, Clothes Line will also be helpful depending upon the type of trip and camping.
You cannot forget these items on any trip:
Water Bottle (unless you like drinking from puddles)
Mess Kit (unless you like using tree bark as a plate and fingers as a fork)
Flashlight (unless you can see in the dark)
Extra Socks (unless you have webbed feet)
Rain Gear (unless you are an amphibian)
It is generally a good idea to put together a camping bag of items that stay in the bag at all times. This saves the Scout from running around the house Friday afternoon looking for his Mess Kit when he needs to meet the Troop at 4:00 p.m. to go camping!
A good place to keep camping items is in the Scout's Summer Camp Box.