Listed below are some basic necessities for camping as well as some optional items. We have done our best to try and simplify the process of looking for gear and welcome you to direct gear related questions to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. If you are interested in some older gear you can reach out to the scoutmaster and we can try to get you outfitted with the proper supplies.
We have linked several useful sites below for where to find good supplies.
Mosquito netting is a highly recommended option for summer camp. We provide posts to attach to the cots in order to raise the corners but we don't provide the netting itself. We recommend something that is at least
6.5 ft x 3 ft x 5 ft (L x W x H).
For summer camp, we recommend packing in either a foot locker or a large duffel bag. This makes it easier for you to stay organized and not lose items as you spend a week living out of it.
A good place to find a foot locker is Walmart.
I recommend a mummy sleeping bag rated around 45F with synthetic insulation. Synthetic insulation is better for staying warm in wetter areas, the bags dry much quicker than down insulation and even while wet they will still keep you warm.
I would also recommend some sort of water proof compression sack to pack in if one is not included. This will make it much easier to fit in your bag.
For winter weight sleeping bags I would recommend something a little warmer, preferably in the range of 0F and below. Down insulation provides the most warmth for the lightest weight, and is a fine choice if the scout knows, for certain, they can keep their bag dry. If you are believe the bag might get wet, I would recommend a warmer synthetic mummy bag.
Foam Pads: They’re lightweight, inexpensive, durable, and offer consistent insulation in all conditions. You don’t need to worry about punctures or leaks. These are the only pads that can be carried on the outside of your pack without fear of damage. They can also double as seating pads when camping.
Air Pads: Air pads are incredibly comfortable and lightweight and the most compact type of pad for packing. You can customize the firmness of the mattress by releasing or adding air from the valve(s). Designs and intended uses vary widely. Be sure that the one you pick has an R-value suited for the conditions you expect.
For camp pillows, I try to stay away from grabbing a pillow off a bed at home because if they get wet, they will not dry as well. I recommend something that is lightweight compact and when inflated offers enough comfort for your needs.
When looking at seats for camping, we recommend either camp chairs or camp stools. These are both compact enough to pack in your bag and offer a lot of comfortability.
Day packs are often between the size of 15-30 Liters in capacity and are great for most activities like day hikes and going to classes at summer camp. Look for a bag with a chest strap and a pocket for a hydration bladder.
When it comes to headlamps, I would recommend something that offers some water resistance for conditions in the rain and snow. Having a red light mode and a pivot point are also very nice if you are trying to be considerate of the night vision of the people around you and have the light pointing to the ground. For the brightness of the headlamp, I would generally look in the 150 to 300 lumen level.
For a scout to carry a pocketknife, we require them to have their Totin' Chip. This proves that they can safely use a pocketknife and permits them to carry one at scouting events. When it comes to the type that you should get, a multitool is the most useful. Swiss Army Knives, although not cheap, are a great option as they are small enough to be used for almost every occasion and have enough options that you will always have what you need. Another option is a Leatherman Micra which is a multitool similar to Swiss Army Knives, but with more capable scissors and different tool options.
A Scout is Prepared
I will start this off by saying the troop brings a first aid kit on all of our outings, but it isn't a bad idea to bring one of your own. Some common items in a first aid kit include: bandages, moleskin, antibiotic ointments, tweezers, blunt tip scissors, bee-sting kit, tick remover, splints, and ace bandages. This list is not all encompassing, you should know what stuff you will need. This is just to give you ideas when building out your own kits. If you have any questions on what to have in your kit, feel free to ask a scout leader.
This should be packed in something waterproof.
We recommend an internal frame backpack in the size range of 40-60 liters. Having storage for a water reservoir is a great feature to look for. For any extended distance, we recommend a waist strap and a chest strap as it takes a lot of the weight off your shoulders and onto your hips. Some bags offer some lower compartments for storage, this is great for overnight trips where you wont need overnight gear until you are unpacking your bag for the night.
Hammocks offer a lot of comfortability for the weight, often things forgotten include a rainfly, bugnetting, and for colder weather an under quilt might be beneficial. Hammock tent system will include all of this, but a hammock is not necessary as the troop will provide tents to those who want to use them.
Tents are an optional item as the troop will provide shelter on every trip. However, if you are interested in purchasing a tent, I recommend looking for a tent with a removable rain fly. Also, for a regular camping tent, dome tents are great as they offer plenty of room, great durability, and are relatively easy to set up.
Hand warmers: Hand warmers are a great stocking stuffer. For winter camping you can never have to many, you can toss some in your gloves or in your sleeping bag before bed.