For a regular Troop campout, you should pack the following:

  1. Sleeping bag
    • a good sleeping bag is a must for every scout. When looking for a sleeping bag, think of the future. Some of our activities are in the mountains where it can get quite chilly in October and March. We backpack several times a year. So, look for a sleeping bag that is rated to 20 - 25 degrees and is light weight but is within your price range.
    • Bags with synthetic fill are recommended.
  2. Sleeping pad
    • foam pad, Therm-a-Restbrand is popular
    • needs to be lightweight and portable.
  3. Knives
    • new Scouts (and older scouts) are fascinated with knives. Each scout should have a knife, but the Scout will not be allowed to use that knife until they receive their Totin’ Chip.  They will work on this requirement on one of their first campouts. As an additional requirement beyond what BSA requires, Troop 216 only allows folding knives with locking blades that are less than 3” long. 
    • Fixed blade or sheath knives are not allowed.
  4. Mess kit and eating utensils
    • something on which to eat and something to eat with (plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon).
    • Washable – not disposable
  5. 2 - quart size water bottles or similar quantity hydration pack
  6. Head lamp and/or small flashlight
    • Two flashlights are best
    • Extra batteries
  7. Rain jacket or poncho
  8. Individual first aid kit (use the Boy Scout handbook for guidance)
  9. Day pack
  10. Hiking boots and quality socks
  11. Compass
  12. Appropriate clothes for the activities and weather.

Optional Gear:

  1. Backpack and rain cover (can rent through REI) for backpacking campouts.
  2. 2 man tent
    • this is not something that scouts need to buy on their own. The Troop has a limited supply of two person tents that the scouts can sign out for any activity through the Troop Quartermaster. You will find that many of the older Scouts do bring their own tent with them.