What to Bring Camping

A new scout does not need a great deal of equipment. You should start simple and add equipment as you learn more about camping. Here is our list of general recommendations. Specific camp-outs at different times of the year may require additional gear. Pack books and other items that can be damaged by water in Ziploc bags.

Until you reach first class, always bring your scout book on camp-outs. You never know when you will have a chance to work on advancement.


  • Class A uniform
    We travel in Class A. You should come in to the church in your uniform. In most cases, you can change out of that uniform into your Class B t shirt once we are there.
  • Class B uniform
  • Underclothes adequate for the length of stay with at least one extra set
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes (or boots for winter camping)
  • Sweatshirts or jackets appropriate for the season
  • Socks. If we are doing much hiking (or if it is cold), wool socks are the best choice.
  • Poncho or raincoat


  • Backpack or large duffle bag
    Do not invest in a frame-pack until you see if you like hiking.
  • Sleeping bag
    You do not not need an expensive bag but get a bag with a nylon shell and synthetic liner. They dry quickly. Once a cloth bag is wet, it stays wet.
  • Day pack to take gear and water on hikes
  • Bowl and spoon (or utensil kit)
    Mess kits are difficult to use and clean. A bowl and a spoon are all most scouts need.
  • A small insulated cup for water or hot chocolate
  • Wide mouth plastic water bottle (such as a Nalgene)
    Canteens are heavy and you cannot easily add drink mix to them.
  • Personal first aid kit (second class requirement)
  • Small flashlight with extra batteries
    Mag lights are a popular choice.
  • Sunscreen
  • Lightweight rope
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal hygiene items including soap, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, wash cloth and towel
  • Compass
  • Book