Camping Equipment Lists

Personal Gear

This list is intended to be used and revised by you as you gain experience camping. Things bolded are strongly encouraged/required

  • Backpack or duffle bag to transport personal gear
  • Medications (discuss with Scoutmaster)
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate for the season and weather forecast)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water bottle
  • Mess kit (plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon)
  • Headlamp/Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Pocketknife (if you have your Totin’ Chip)
  • Waterproof boots (sneakers appropriate only for late spring, summer and early fall camping)
  • Scout Handbook, notebook and writing implement
  • Clothing and extra changes of clothing appropriate for the season, weather forecast, and length of the camping trip (especially extra socks, hat and gloves, and multiple layers for cold/wet weather)
    • Jacket appropriate for weather at 5 AM.
    • An extra polar fleece can’t hurt
    • Hat and gloves.
    • Extra (non-cotton) socks.
    • Poncho or rain gear (even a heavy duty garbage bag that can double as a poncho)
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Plastic bag (e.g., kitchen trash bag) for wet/dirty clothes
  • Camp chair (optional)
  • Class A uniform
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Fireproof matches (if you have Firem’n Chit)
  • compass

  • Sunscreen and sun glasses (optional but important if snowy conditions expected)

  • Soap, shampoo, comb, wash cloth, towel and shower shoes (if trip is longer than the weekend)
  • Bathing suit and towel if swimming is part of the program
  • Bug repellent (not needed for late fall, winter, and early spring camping)
  • Tent, tent poles, stakes and tarps (typically provided by the Patrol/Troop)
  • Food and cooking equipment/supplies (typically provided by the Patrol/Troop)

Remember that this list may not be complete for all activities like backpacking, sailing, fishing, rock climbing, etc.