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What to pack for camping

Cub scouts is a great way to ease into camping without getting over committed to expensive equipment purchases, long distances from home, or being 100% self reliant on the basic necessities. One of the questions we get is – what do I need for camping? What’s involved (aka what am I getting myself into?) I’ve broken down a list of things that everyone would need to bring to camping and a list of “nice to haves” for camping.

  • Need to bring:
    • Parts A and B filled out for Health and Medical form
    • Water jugs for drinking
    • Warm comfortable shoes
    • Several change of socks
    • Weather appropriate clothing – best to dress in layers and be too warm than too cold and can’t sleep
    • Sleeping bags (nothing too fancy – cub scouts only camp from April to October)
    • Tent
    • Hammer / mallet to drive tent stakes into the ground
    • Waterproof ground cloth or plastic sheet
    • Class A uniform
    • Class B uniform
    • Weather appropriate gear – warm hat and gloves, rain gear, warm coat, sun protection, sunglasses
    • Personal medications (if necessary)
    • Food allergy specifics (if necessary)
    • Trail snack(s)
    • Packed lunch (most camp outs will meet around noon, but lunch is not provided).
  • Nice to haves:
    • Pillow
    • Air mattress or camping pad
    • Lawn chairs
    • Cooler
    • First aid kit
    • Flash light, head lamp
    • Insect repellent
    • Safety pins
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Notebook and pencil
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Personal toiletries (since we only camp one night, most are unnecessarily)
    • Pocketknife (only those that have earned and bring their Whittlin’ Chip)
    • Spending money for trading post (when at Camp Rodney or other BSA locations)
    • Game or activity such as frisbee, football, soccer ball
    • Songs or skits – props if necessary

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