3-Season Weekend Car Camping

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.)