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10 Essentials

Ten items considered essential to camping are:

  • Pocket knife — Younger scouts should have a sturdy pocketknife like the official scout pocketknife.  Swiss Army knives are easier to break, and are appropriate for older scouts.
  • First aid kit — scouts will make their own as part of rank advancement.  Inexpensive one and two person first aid kits are available locally.
  • Extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are superior to a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.  We suggest putting extra clothing in a waterproof bag (e.g. a large zip lock bag).
  • Rain gear — A rainsuit will keep the rain off, and will add warmth in the colder weather.  A poncho will also keep the rain off, and the extra ventilation is welcome in the warmer months.
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency food — good for those times hikes take longer than expected, and occasionally when dinner takes longer than expected.  Or just as a midday snack..
  • Water container — Canteen, water bottle and/or hydration bladder.
  • Matches and/or a firestarter
  • Sun protection — sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants.  Prevent sunburn and possibly heat exhaustion.
  • Trail maps and compass

We also suggest:

  • Insect repellent
  • Duct tape
  • Rope or parachute cord


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