Youth Shopping List – First Campout
You probably have many of the items required for your son’s first campout. This is a list of the items you may not have. Note that there are often less expensive items available, and you can also spend a lot more. The day pack is an option. Items in green are the 10 scout essentials.
|Sleeping Bag – 0 degrees Fahrenheit||$49.99||Make sure it’s not 0 degrees Celcius|
|Closed Cell Foam Pad||$12.99|
|2 Water Bottles or other containers
|Knife, fork and spoon or spork or foon||$2.47|
|Flashlight or two||$9.82|
|Compass and trail map||$11.00||Silva starter compass; print/copy maps as needed|
|Pocket knife or multitool||$10.00||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.|
Other items you may already have:
- First aid kit — scouts will make their own as part of rank advancement. Inexpensive one and two person first aid kits are available locally.
- 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.
- 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. A granola bar, trail mix, or similar. Candy is not good, a scout may eat that before the hike starts. “Emergency food” should be edible, but doesn’t have to taste great.
- Matches and/or a firestarter
- Sun protection — sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm, hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants. Prevent sunburn and possibly heat exhaustion. Sun protection is needed 12 months a year.
- insect repellent — in season.
- Extra Clothing — a change of cloths in case the ones your son is wearing get wet, and that can serve as an extra layer if the weather turns colder than expected.
- Duct tape — clothing and other repairs. Your son doesn’t need the whole roll, just a few yards.
- Rope / Parachute cord.