JLT Gear List


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)

2-3 Lightweight shirt or T-shirt

At least one long-sleeve shirt strongly recommended

2 pair nylon zip off pants or 1 pair hiking pants and 1 pair shorts (shorts optional depending on forecast weather)

underwear as desired (non-cotton strongly preferred)

1 1/2 - 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 1/2 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 Swim Suit

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).

1 pair camp shoes (tennis shoes or other shoes to be worn around camp)

1 pair water shoes

A pair of closed toed shoes that can get wet. Must be able to stay on in whitewater (no crocs or flip flops)

1 pair gaiters

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 Properly fit external frame backpack or internal frame backpack with padded hipbelt and in good condition.

1 day pack that can carry water, layers, etc.

1 Sleeping bag

We require synthetic insulation bags for all boys below First Class/Venture, rated to an appropriate temperature 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 notebook & pen/pencil

Necessary for writing TCP's and driving directions throughout the trip.

1 Pocket knife

2 Large-mouth water bottle 1 qt. minimum each, or 1 water bladder with a small back-up water bottle.

1 Compass

1 Headlamp-style flashlight & 1 set spare batteries

1 Ditty bag containing insulated cup, bowl, utensils, toothbrush, toothpaste

1 small nylon bag or stuff sack for holding food. Very important.

Sunscreen & insect repellent

Water-resistant wristwatch with alarm.

Climbing Harness & Helmet (if you already own. Don't go out and buy one for this trip)

1 bike helmet

Glasses or corrective lenses if you 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 lightweight pack towel

Small Game(s) (hackey sack, small balls, cards, frisbee, etc.) (optional)

Money for 2 road meals, as well as any additional money you want for ice cream, souvenirs, etc.

NO PERSONAL ELECTRONICS (gamegear, personal cell phones, iPod, etc.)