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The Scout Basic Essentials (10 Essentials)

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There are ten essential items that a scout should have while hiking or camping outdoors.

They are:

□ Pocketknife
□ First-aid kit
□ Extra clothing
□ Rain gear
□ Water bottle
□ Flashlight
□ Trail food
□ Matches and fire starters
□ Sun protection
□ Map and compass

All of these items should fit into a large Ziploc bag and should be carried by the scout whenever they go hiking or on a campout.

More information can be found in the Hiking section of the Boy Scout Handbook.

Cold Weather Tips

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Cold Weather Instructional was given by Noah in 2014

Energy and Food

  1. Carbohydrates- Lots of carbs before a cold weather campout is smart because your body will burn more calories trying to stay warm.
  2. Proteins- Proteins are always important before any campout due to the amount of excercise a campout requires.
  3. Calcium- Calcium is an important mineral that keeps bones strong and healthy. It is important that one keeps this level high because lots of stress is put on leg bones and joints when camping and hiking.


  1. Wool- Wool is the recommended cold weather camping clothing choice because of its excellent heat trapping properties. When wool is wet it still retains body heat unlike other materials. Wool undergarments are a good idea on a cold weather campout like Pete’s.
  2. Microfiber Fleece- Fleece is good too because it insulates and is very comfortable. A nice fleece jacket makes a good medium layer.
  3. Synthetic- Synthetic is best for the very first layers. Underarmor is one synthetic company that makes underwear that insulates for cold weather activity.
  4. Layers- LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS. No matter how cold, always dress in layers. This makes it easier to work and play throughout the day without overheating or freezing.

Sleeping Arrangements

  1. Prepping for Sleep- Before hitting the sack it is important to remember the small things. Take a bathroom break before entering the tent and take care of any toiletry activities before you change into your designated sleep clothes. After taking care of hygiene change into sleep clothes that have not been worn yet or strip out of all garments worn that day. The clothes worn during the day are dirty, contain sweat and natural oils, and to keep your body dry, your sleeping bag clean and your BO minimal.
  2. Sleep Clothing- Sleep clothing does not need to be heavy nor insulating, that is the job of your sleeping bag. Before a campout prepare a single outfit of sleep clothes that are worn specifically in the sleeping bag so they stay clean and dry. This makes sleeping more comfortable and clean.
  3. Sleeping Bags- Knowing the weather before a campout is important in deciding your sleeping arrangements. There are two types of sleeping bags, down-filled and synthetic. A good camping rule is that you want a sleeping bag that can keep you warm 10 degrees warmer than what it should be the night of camping.
  4. Mattresses/Sleeping Pads- Pads to sleep on top of are also highly recommended products. These pads make the ground softer and keeps a camper warmer because his body is removed from the ground which will suck the heat from your body during the night. Pads can be inflatable, plastic or synthetic.


  1. Ball Cap- Heat is lost mostly through the head making any head covering a good idea.
  2. Brimmed Hat- This type of headgear will keep your head warm (not as much as the other two choices) but will also protect your head and neck from the sun.
  3. Toboggan- I recommend this type of heat gear because it keeps me warm and doesn’t fall off.


  1. Fire- Use the fire to your advantage. Get warm, stay warm and don’t mess with it. Playing with the fire is dangerous and causes excess smoke and ashes. Bring a lawn chair to set up near the fire preferably with your name on it.
  2. Boots- Use well worn boots on any campout to prevent blisters and make a more enjoyable experience.
  3. Tools- Keep up with your own tools and notify the Quartermaster before taking any troop items.

Personal Equipment Checklist

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Outdoor Essentials Clothing

□ Short-sleeve shirts
□ Compass
□ Canteen / water bottle
□ Sun protection
□ Personal first aid kit
□ Flashlight
□ Socks (plenty of them)
□ Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
□ Running shoes or moccasins
□ Extra shoes that can get wet
(for all boating activities)
□ Long-sleeve button down shirt
(for Swimming merit badge)
□ Official Class A Scout uniform
□ Rain gear
□ T-shirts
□ Hiking shorts
□ Long pants
(for Swimming merit badge)
□ Warm jacket
□ Underwear

Sleeping Gear

□ Sleeping bag
□ Foam sleeping pad or air mattress
□ Ground cloth
(for camping and wilderness survival merit badges)

Personal Cleanliness Kit

□ Soap
□ Toothbrush & toothpaste
□ Comb or brush
□ Towels & washcloths

Recommended Extras

□ Pocketknife
□ Wristwatch
□ Notepad & Pens & Pencils
□ Sunglasses
□ Alarm clock (battery operated)
□ Scout handbook
□ Insect repellent (pump spray)
□ Camera with film

 Partial list of items that may be checked-out from the Quartermaster

Saws, axes, tarps, shovels, picks, rakes, grass whips, Posthole diggers, Dutch ovens, patrol cook-kits, Utensils, latrine supplies, rope, twine, garbage bags, and wheelbarrows.

Even though the items you need may not be listed, there is a good chance that we will have what you desire – please ask! To speed your checkout on Saturday morning, we recommend that all equipment be returned to the Quartermaster by Friday afternoon, when possible. All equipment is limited, so please immediately return any equipment not in use.  Patrols will be charged for missing or damaged equipment.

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