Basic Packing List

Carry in pocket or in accessible location in pack

  • Nylon cord (25′ of 1/8″ to 3/16″)
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Signed permission slip
  • Map of area
  • Pen/pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Personal prescription medicines
  • Lip balm/Chapstick

Basic Camping Equipment

  • Pack (internal or external; hipbelt; good fit, comfortable)
  • Waterproof pack cover (or large garbage bag)
  • Warm sleeping bag in stuff sack (20F rated; lightweight)
  • Foam or inflatable sleeping pad (no air mattresses)
  • Tent, with ground cloth**
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Water bottle(s) (1-2 liters)
  • Eating bowl, drinking cup, spoon & fork
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Plastic garbage bags (at least 2)
  • Plastic zip bags for gear (to hold small items)
  • Assorted rope & twine
  • Insect repellent*
  • Sunscreen*
  • Small notebook & pencil
  • Small sewing repair kit
  • Small amount of duct tape

**Either bring your own tent, arrange to sleep in another scout’s tent, or arrange with your leader to use a troop tent. The troop owns eight 2-3 person Eureka tents as well as a few other various tents.


  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Wool sweater or fleece*
  • Jacket/parka*
  • Warm hat*
  • Warm gloves*
  • Long non cotton underwear*
  • Wool (or other hiking) socks
  • Shirt
  • Long trousers
  • Hiking shorts*
  • Swimsuit*
  • Undershorts
  • Undershirt
  • Lightweight shoes (sneakers, Tevas)
  • Baseball cap

Toilet Articles

  • Soap
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Toilet paper (in plastic bag)
  • Metal camp mirror

Other Essentials

  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Flashlights
  • Trail snacks (dried fruit, granola bar, etc.)
  • Camera and film or rugged digital camera


  • Camp Chair (You are responsible for your own sitting implement, if you do not bring one, one will not be lent to you.)
  • Playing Cards

Items NOT to Bring

  • Cell Phones, Handheld Gaming devices, TV, iPod/MP3/Walkman,
  • Sheath knife, hatchet, or axe
  • Fireworks

*Depends on weather.


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