This is the basic equipment required of each scout for a "routine" campout in the midwest, from April through October. All Troop 8 scouts are encouraged to have this stuff in their personal gear, and even have most of it "pre-packed" and ready to go on a quick adventure.
1 Sun/rain hat (baseball cap OK)
1 Insulating hat or balaclava (wool, fleece, or polypro)
1-2 Bandanas (good for all kinds of things)
1-2 Lightweight shirt or T-shirt
1 pair nylon zip off pants or 1 pair hiking pants and 1 pair shorts (shorts optional depending on forecast weather)
1-2 pair underwear (optional with long underwear)
1 1/2 - 2 1/2 upper insulating layers
An upper insulating layer covers the torso and both arms. 1 layer is the equivalent of a heavy sweater or jacket. A half layer could be polypropylene or wool long underwear (midweight to heavy). Avoid cotton if possible, as cotton offers no insulation when wet. Examples: Heavy wool sweater (1), Long-sleeve wool shirt (1/2), pile jacket (1), ski jacket (1).
1 upper rain/wind shell
1/2 - 1 lower insulating layer
A lower insulating layer covers the legs with the equivalent of a wool sweater in thickness. Examples: expedition-weight polypropylene long underwear (1); mid-weight long underwear (1/2) and wool pants (1/2). Again, avoid cotton (blue jeans).
1 lower rain/wind shell
2 pair light cotton or polypro socks
2-3 pair wool socks.
Worn over light socks in all weather to help prevent blisters, also for insulation in bad weather.
1 pair lightweight hiking boots (water-resistant).
Alternately, 1 pair sneakers with a good second pair of shoes.
1 pair wool gloves or equivalent
Thin, cheap $7 rag wool gloves that can be mistreated, worn when cooking, etc.
Clothes organizing bag(s)
To put all or most of the clothes in for easy packing. Most boys do a couple of small water-resistant bags of different colors to keep things straight, and perhaps one kitchen-sized garbage bag for clothes that have become "toxic."
1 Sleeping bag
We require synthetic insulation bags for all boys below First Class/Venture, rated to an appropriate temperature (10-20° F) depending on individual preference.
1 Insulating pad
Closed-cell foam or open-cell foam inflatable (Thermarest) pad, 3/4 or full body length.
1 Sleeping bag stuff sack (waterproof nylon).
If possible, stuff sack should be large enough to hold an insulating pad & sleeping bag, with a bit of room to spare. Slightly oversized stuff sacks are easier to handle for new scouts.
1 Pocket knife
1 Large-mouth water bottle 1 qt. minimum.
1 Compass (optional)
1 Headlamp-style flashlight & 1 set spare batteries
1 Ditty bag containing insulated cup, bowl, utensils, toothbrush, toothpaste
Sunscreen & insect repellent
1 Water-resistant wristwatch with alarm.
Glasses or corrective lenses for boys who need them
Not optional! Boys need to be able to see to play capture the flag, to navigate without getting lost, etc. Boys with glasses should consider glasses retaining straps.
1 Pair Sunglasses (optional)
Small towel (optional)
Small Game(s) (hackey sack, small balls, cards, frisbee, etc.) (optional)
NO PERSONAL ELECTRONICS (gamegear, personal cell phones, iPod, etc.)
NO PERSONAL FOOD / SNACKS