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posted Apr 22, 2012, 8:18 PM by Troop 1409 Wells Branch - Austin, TX
Items in italics are essential (except for cold weather items when summer camping).
Carry in pocket or in accessible location in pack
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Signed permission slip
  • Map of area (troop provided)
  • Pen
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Personal prescription medicines
  • 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 sleeping pad
  • Tent, with ground cloth (troop provided)
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Water bottles (At least 2: 1-2 Liter bottles)
  • 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 & pen
  • Small change (for emergency calls)
  • Small sewing repair kit
  • Small amount of duct tape

Clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Wool sweater or fleece*
  • Jacket/parka*
  • Warm hat*
  • Warm gloves*
  • Long polypro 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 mirror

Other Ideas
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Trail snacks (dried fruit, granola bar, etc.)
  • Camera and film
  • Fishing gear

Patrol/Troop Equipment (troop provided)
  • Troop first aid kit
  • Food
  • Pots and pans
  • Water ("Jerry") cans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Wash pans
  • Sponge/scrub pads
  • SOS pads
  • Paper towels
  • Small saw
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Dining fly
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Duty roster
  • Patrol flag
  • Coleman lantern (with extra mantles)
  • Tarp for firewood
  • Fire grate
  • Weather report