Personal Camping Checklist

Unless otherwise noted, this list is taken from Chapter 9 of The Boy Scout Handbook (BSH) 12th Edition.

Please do not feel that a Scout needs all of these items for their first campout. Bold items are the most important. Let the Troop Leadership know if you don't have something. We've been camping a long time and have a lot of extra stuff. 

  • Scout Basic Essentials (BSH pg 264)
    • Pocketknife
    • First-aid kit
    • Extra clothing
    • Rain gear
    • Good Attitude
    • Water bottle
    • Flashlight
    • Sun protection
    • Watch
  • COLD WEATHER ITEMS
    • Gloves or Mittens
    • Hot Hands hand warmers
    • Heavy Coat (not something that melts)
    • Long-sleeved Shirt
    • Long pants 
    • Sweater
    • Hiking Boots or Sturdy Shoes
    • Socks (wool or synthetic, bring extra)
    • Long Underwear or "Base Layer" (should fit snug)
    • Stocking hat (fleece or wool)
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag; or two or three blankets
    • Check the weather. Be sure your sleeping bag is rated below the forecasted temperatures. If it's not, bring some good blankets.
  • Sleeping pad (especially important in cold weather)
  • Rain cover for backpack
  • Mess Kit
    • Spoon
    • Plate
    • Bowl
    • Cup
  • Personal Hygiene Kit
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Comb
    • Washcloth
    • Towel
  • Personal Extras (optional)
    • Camera and film
    • Notebook
    • Pencil or pen
    • Sunglasses
    • Small musical instrument
    • Swimsuit
    • Gloves