Gear Info

Posted by webmaster on September 1, 2021

Links to recommended websites for gear:

  • REI – High quality gear with the best return policy you can find. Watch their clearance site and garage sales.
  • Campmor – Wide selection of all things camping at reasonable prices
  • – BSA’s official site for uniforms and other scouting gear
  • Trail Food Express: backpacking food for those with special dietary needs. Run by a local scouter.
  • OutdoorsGeek: Wide selection of new and gently used rental equipment. Try before you buy. Shipping available.

Basic Gear Explained

Many of our Scouts, from first year scouts on up have questions about what to bring on campouts. The answer is usually specific to what we will be doing on the trip. However, there are some basic principles.

A Scout should have:boot

  • Solid hiking boots (many of us like the inexpensive Hi-Tech Altitude IV, because they are cheap, waterproof, and comfy)
  • Pair of tennis shoes for around camp (no sandals)
  • Sleeping bag (most Scouts get zero-degree bags)
  • Sleeping pad (any closed cell foam is fine – it does not need to be expensive)
  • Mess kit: plate, bowl, insulated mug, and eating utensils
  • Clothes in layers and a coat (stay away from cotton)
  • Raingear (please don’t rely on the cheap plastic ponchos)
  • Waterbottles (2 wide mouth BPA free Nalgene or Lexan bottles with lid and carabiner
  • Dufflebag (Internal frame packs are only used on back country hiking trips)
  • Day Pack (a school bag can work but one with more padding is more comfortable.

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For outdoor adventures, the BSA promotes each Scout having the following 10 essentials in his Day Pack:

  1. Canteen or water bottles (2 is better in Colorado)
  2. Flashlight
  3. Pocketknife (Totin’ Chit required)
  4. Trail food
  5. First aid kit
  6. Matches and fire starters (Firem’n Chit required)
  7. Extra clothing
  8. Sun Protection
  9. Rain gear
  10. Map and compass

Some Additional Items

  • Camp shoes (tennis shoes, closed-toe crocs, light hikers, etc. for around camp)rei-day-pack
  • Light two man backpacking tent – Scouts can sleep in their own tents if they desire
  • Ground Cloth
  • Scout Handbook
  • Sleeping Bag cover.
  • Hat and night sleeping cap. A watchcap or wool cap work well.
  • Gloves or mittens – insulated for winter (2 sets in winter)
  • Drinking cup – insulated coffee mug is excellent
  • Long underwear for winter camping – great Christmas present!
  • Bandana
  • Coat or parka ( for winter camping)
  • Pajamas, leggings, or sweats. Sweats work great as long as they are kept dry!
  • Change of clothes. (It’s a good idea to place these in 2 gallon “zip lock” freezer type bags so they stay dry.)
    • 2 pair socks, shorts, extra shirt, pants. Jeans are not good on campouts.
  • Wool pants are a plus for winter campouts – Army surplus!
  • Plastic garbage bags (2)
  • 50 feet of nylon cord, parachute cord or rope
  • Personal toilet paper in plastic “zip lock” bagkelty_red_cloud_backpack
  • Toilet kit containing: soap, toothbrush, washcloth, towel, toothpaste, comb and aluminum mirror (no glass).
  • Medicines as appropriate.
  • Matches or lighter- fire starter. Waterproof matches are recommended.
  • Compass with lanyard and area map ( a good compass is a plus)
  • Personal First Aid kit with Chap stick
  • High energy snack food.
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
  • Whistle with lanyard (rope to go around your neck)
  • Spending Money as appropriate
  • Sun block

More Optional Items Are Shown Below:

  • Scout Fieldbook
  • Hiking staff – stave
  • Additional clothing
  • Wristwatch
  • Sunglasses
  • Gaiters – winter camping
  • Merit badge books
  • Bible – prayer book
  • Folding Pocket knife – Scout must have earned the Totem Chip – NO Sheath knives
  • Sharpening stone
  • Insect repellant
  • Song book or skits
  • Repair kit containing needle, thread, buttons, safety pins, shoelaces, etc.
  • Musical Instrument
  • Small pillow
  • Space blanket
  • Pair of sneakers or moccasins or crocs
  • Camera – digitals are best
  • Work gloves
  • Swimsuit – summer camping
  • Bird, plant insect book
  • Magnifying glass


Items Which Are Specifically Forbidden Unless Prior Special Permission Is Given By The Scoutmaster Are Shown Below:

  • Phones, gameboys, etc.
  • Stoves or lanterns which use petroleum fuel – The Troop has LP stoves and lanterns for each patrol to use for cooking
  • Any aerosol products – we refer to these as “Bear Bait”
  • Fixed blade sheath knives of any length
  • Axes – The Troop has its own hatchets and axes for use if necessary.
  • Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and any/all other controlled substances
  • Any types of explosives or fireworks
  • Any type of firearm
  • Other items which are considered a safety or health hazard as determined by the Scoutmaster.
Troop 16 - Parker's High Adventure Troop