Gear for the Great Outdoors
As a member of Troop 73, there are some items that the Troop will make available to you. These generally are things like tents, tarps, stoves, cooking utensils, rain fly, lanterns, Dutch ovens, etc. Generally, if it is something they share with multiple people within the troop or their patrol, it is supplied for them.
Personal gear that they will need on a campout will consist of items like:
- Their Scout Uniform – The complete class A uniform is to be worn to and from all Scout activities and campouts.
- Change of clothes – The boys will change out of their uniform once they get to their destination so they will need clothes to change into (under-shirt, top layer, pants, underwear, & socks). Don’t over-do it, here! Bringing too many changes of clothes take up precious room in your packs and seldom get used. The Class A uniform can serve as a spare outfit in case you get the other set wet, muddy, etc.
- Sleep system – This generally contains a sleeping pad and sleeping bag. There are too many options for these to properly point you one direction. We recommend they have a sleeping bag that is rated AT LEAST down to 20 degrees.
- Day pack loaded with the Boy Scouts “10 Essentials” as listed below.
Troop 73 Scouts will “Be Prepared” at every meeting, and at every outing, with their “Be Prepared Pack”. Your Pack can be in the form of a fanny pack, school bag, day pack, etc. It should be big enough to carry your Scout Handbook and the items listed below. Some items may need to be stored in moisture proof containers / zip-lock baggies to keep dry or avoid leakage in your pack.
BRING YOUR SMALL PACK TO EVERY TROOP MEETING, ACTIVITY, CAMPOUT, etc., (except for Courts of Honor or otherwise instructed).
The BSA “10 Essentials”:
- A POCKET KNIFE (presumably more than just a knife, a Swiss Army knife or Multi-tool for example) can come in handy in a wide variety of situations. It is useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack.
- A FIRST AID KIT can be a lifesaver. A basic kit for first aid might include adhesive bandages, medical tape, sterile gauze, moleskin, soap, antiseptic, a mouth-barrier device for CPR, and scissors.
- EXTRA CLOTHING to match the weather. Multiple layers are superior to a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
- RAIN GEAR is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition and it should be carried year round.
- A FLASHLIGHT is, of course, important for finding one’s way at night. Consider an LED headlamp for longer battery life and hands free operation. Doing tasks at night allows for hands free operation of a head lamp.
- TRAIL FOOD is good for maintaining your energy. However, the human body can reportedly survive for weeks without food, so starving to death should be the least of your worries if you become lost in the wilderness.
- WATER is probably the most important of the 10 Essentials. Dehydration may develop into heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Portable water purifiers and water stills may be used to obtain potable water from virtually any source. Troop 73 recommends bringing Qty 2 – 1 Qt water bottles on all outdoor activities.
- MATCHES AND/OR FIRE STARTER KIT may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling purposes.
- SUN PROTECTION may include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat. Used properly, it will prevent sunburn and possibly heat exhaustion.
- TRAIL MAP & COMPASS are probably the most important tools one can carry in case of getting lost, but they won’t be of any use to someone who does not know how to use them. In knowledgeable hands, they can be used to determine one’s location and the best route to reach another location.
Troop 73 “10 Additions”
- SCOUT HANDBOOK must be in your pack at all times. You will need this book at troop meetings and on campouts.
- ROPE, a 6 ft. piece of braided 1/4” nylon preferred. Rope ends are to be fused (this can be done as a troop or patrol activity). This rope is referred to as “MR. ROPE”. Also consider a second rope, 50’ of paracord.
- TOTIN’ CHIP CARD will be earned by completing the requirements in your Scout Handbook. This card MUST BE WITH YOU at any time that you are using a pocket knife, ax, and saw. Refer to your Scout Handbook for details. Once earned, you may want to laminate your Totin’Chip card to protect it. If you abuse the safety rules, you will lose your card, and you will have to re-earn it!!
- KNIFE SHARPENER to be used to sharpen your pocket knife as necessary. Whet stone or twin “stick” style are preferred.
- PAPER & PENCIL are critical for you to Be Prepared. You will need these items at troop meetings and campouts for taking meeting notes, field notes, merit badge work, or even during an emergency.
- LEATHER WORK GLOVES for use on service projects and other activities to protect your hands.
- HAND SANITIZER for when you cannot immediately wash your hands. This can be in the form of a small travel size container, or “wipes”. Store in moisture proof container to avoid leakage in your pack.
- INSECT REPELLENT is a MUST item to carry during insect season. Store in moisture proof container to avoid leakage in your pack.
- CARABINEER CLIPS – Carabineers can be used to clip many items to your belt / belt loops, or pack; such as your flashlight, water bottle, etc.
The last thing you will need is something to store all of these items in. This is a pack of sufficient size to carry all of the above 19 items!