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(Cornwall, New York)
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Weekend Troop Campout

Packing List

Climate: Inland
Season: Spring
Duration: 1 to 3 Nights
For Male/Female Participants

Personal gear for a weekend trip with troop. Assumes patrol gear is provided. Activities could include Day hiking or fishing.
_____  Bandana or Handkerchief *
_____  Down Slippers *
_____  Gloves (Liner)
_____  Gloves/Mittens (Warm) *
_____  Hat (Brim)
_____  Hat (Knit) *
_____  Hiking Boots - Waterproof
_____  Hiking Pants (Long) - Zipper pants work well. No Jeans!
_____  Hiking Pants (Shorts) *
_____  Jacket (Down) - fiber ok in place of down. *
_____  Long Underwear (Mid Weight) - Polypro, not cotton. *
_____  Rain Gear - Breathable, no ponchos. Works well to block rain, wind, and serves as an extra layer.
_____  Shirt (Heavy) *
_____  Shirt (Long Sleeve) - 2-3, can be used to layer when cold.
_____  Shirt (Short Sleeve, Wicking ) - 2-3 *
_____  Shoes (lightweight)
_____  Sleeping Clothes - Consider temperature and quality of sleeping bag when deciding what to wear. Clothing should only be worn in sleeping bag, not outside. A sleeping bag liner can also help.
_____  Snow Boots *
_____  Socks (Heavy) - 2-3 pair, more if wet or snowy.
_____  Socks (Liner) - Needed if using wool heavy socks. *
_____  Swim Suit - Trunks for boys, one piece for girls. Requirement depends on planned activities. *
_____  Underwear

_____  Backpack - To hold gear. A duffel bag will work if you are parked near camp.
_____  Binoculars *
_____  Books *
_____  Camera *
_____  Camera Tripod - Small (6") one for digital camera works great. *
_____  Compass
_____  Compression Sacks - Good for sleeping bags and clothing. *
_____  Cup
_____  Day Pack - Depending on planned activities. *
_____  Eating Utensils
_____  Fishing Equipment & License - Depending on planned activities. *
_____  Flashlight - With extra bulb & batteries.
_____  Garbage Bags - 1 or 2, Good for storing wet gear.
_____  Gators *
_____  GPS *
_____  Hand Sanitizer *
_____  Head Lamp *
_____  Hiking Poles *
_____  Insect Repellent
_____  Jacket/Fleece
_____  Knife - Small pocket knife if you have the "totin chip" *
_____  Lighter / Water Proof Matches *
_____  Maps *
_____  Mess Kit / Plastic plate & Bowl
_____  Notebook & Pen/Pencil - May be required depending on planned activities. *
_____  Scout Book
_____  Sleeping Bag - Make sure bag is rated below expected temperature.
_____  Sleeping Pad
_____  Soap - Biodegradable. A scout is clean. Patrol box should also have this. *
_____  Stuff Sacks - Keep your gear organized. *
_____  Sun Glasses *
_____  Tent - One per two boys.
_____  Tick Kit - Includes tweezers, small magnifying glass, small container to store tick in (to take to doctor), and also some medical alcohol wipes.
_____  Water Bottle - 1 or 2 Nalgene™
_____  Whistle - For emergency use only.
_____  Zip Lock™ Bags - Good for keeping things organized and dry. *

Personal Items
_____  First Aid Kit (Small)
_____  Hand warmer (chemical) - 2-4 packets handy. *
_____  Lip Balm
_____  Money - Depending on location, there may be a trading post. *
_____  Pee Bottle (a.k.a. Thunder Jar)  (males only)  *
_____  Prescription Medications *
_____  Sunscreen
_____  Toilet Kit
_____  Towel (Small) - A scout is clean.
_____  Watch - Waterproof *

* Optional Item

Do NOT Bring: Electronic devices, Battery Operated games, CD players, etc. Sandals, Unnecessary Jewelry, pets.

Please Note:  This is only a recommended minimum set of equipment based on the past experiences of many individuals. We do not guarantee that it is all inclusive or appropriate for the activities you are planning. The trip leader, and common sense should always dictate the equipment you actually pack.
List generated on 4/5/2011 5:34:53 AM

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polypropylene long underwear

These are not your grandfather’s long-johns.

Long underwear used mean waffle-knit white cotton. It held in moisture, became cold and clammy, heavy and downright unpleasant. There are few innovations as important to enjoying the outdoors as poly-pro long underwear.

The high tech marvel: polypropylene long underwear, is light, wicks moisture away from the skin, does not get cold and clammy and keeps one toasty warm. When first introduced poly pro was prohibitively expensive and hard to find. Now it is reasonably priced and commonly available.

Poly pro has afforded me perfect comfort  during many outdoor days and nights at below freezing temperatures. I carry it in all seasons . I require that our scouts have it in their gear year round for protection against hypothermia during  inevitable cold, wet days that occasionally surprise us.

There are many brands and types. I honestly cannot see a big difference between the expensive and inexpensive brands. There are different thicknesses (light, medium and heavy) I recommend lightweight for all but the harshest conditions. Duo-fold is a reliable brand, (I have yet to buy a brand I found unacceptable), their website is a good place to start.

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