Summer Camp 2012

This is the general packing list for going to Troop 8 Summer Camp in Ohiopyle, PA.  This list is relatively complete; please try not to add a lot of extra stuff because gear does need to be carried back to camp, and excess gear makes tents messy and hard to live in. You can check with the trip leader if you have any questions about whether something additional would be appropriate.


1 Sun/rain hat (baseball cap OK)
1 Insulating hat or balaclava (wool, fleece, or polypro) (optional)
1 Mosquito head net (optional, but recommended)
1 Bandana (good for all kinds of things)
1-2 Lightweight long-sleeve shirt (nylon preferred for bug repellency, can be same as polypro layer below)
1-2 Additional lightweight shirt or T-shirt
1-2 pair nylon zip off pants or long hiking pants (no jeans, cotton pants not recommended because of water crossings and less bug repellency)
2-3 pair shorts (zip-offs count as a pair).  Cycling shorts if desired for biking day(s).
1 nylon “quick dry” swimsuit
Shorts-style, no Speedo briefs, please. Nylon multi-purpose shorts are fine.
1 scout uniform shirt and olive or khaki long pants (can be same pants as above).
Underwear as desired (max 1 per day)
Please note that using non-cotton “sports shorts” or silk underwear is preferable to cotton when wet.
1 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 should 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), fleece pullover (1), insulated jacket (1).
1 upper rain/wind shell (must be breathable, avoid PVC jackets / rain ponchos)
1/2 - 1 lower insulating layer
A lower insulating layer covers the legs with the equivalent of a wool sweater in thickness. As with upper layers, a half layer or more should be mid-weight polypro or wool long underwear. 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
1 pair silk or polypro liner socks
2 pair wool socks
Worn over light socks in all weather to help prevent blisters, also for insulation in bad weather and cold water or caving activities.
3-4 pair other socks
1 pair lightweight hiking boots (water-resistant, for patrols going backpacking)
The trails we will be using are steep, muddy, and slippery! Lightweight or midweight hiking boots are really necessary; sneakers aren’t going to cut it.
1 pair camp shoes. Tennies or sneakers to wear as a “backup” and around camp that you don’t care much about.
1 pair sandals, water shoes, or sneakers that can get soaked (can be the same as camp shoes)
These should be able to be worn while canoeing or rafting and able to get wet. They need to be able to be firmly attached to your feet so they won’t fall off while swimming/canoe flipping, etc.
1 pair wool gloves or equivalent (optional)
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.
Clothes toxics bag
Kitchen-sized garbage bag or two to store clothes that have become "toxic" until they get home.
Personal Dry Bag (optional)
For transporting personal items on the water.


1 duffle bag and/or backpack .
For packing your gear and easily moving it around the campsite.
1 hiking backpack  (patrols going backpacking)
A backpack for an overnight backpacking trip.  If you do not have, the troop will issue one to you at the gear check.
1 day pack
This needs to be able to hold all of the gear you would want to take on a day trip or around camp. A school backpack works well, backpacks designed for hiking are even better.
1 Sleeping bag (individual preference.) Again, avoid cotton but don't bring anything that will get too hot.
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).
Slightly oversized stuff sacks are easier to handle for new scouts.
1 bike helmet (for patrols going biking)
Must be in good condition (no cracks/dents) and fit properly.
1 Pocket knife
1 Water-resistant wristwatch with alarm.
1 Large-mouth water bottle 1 qt. minimum. (Nalgene-types recommended)
1 Compass
Should be small and have a rotating bezel that allows the scout to set a bearing. Put red lanyard on to help avoid losing!
1 headlamp and spare set of batteries. We strongly recommend LED headlamps over handheld flashlights.
Camera (waterproof/cheap!) (optional - our troop photographer will be taking pictures, so boys don't have to).
1 Ditty bag containing insulated cup, bowl, utensils and personal toiletries
Toothbrush and paste, floss, deodorant, small soap and shampoo, contact lens gear, braces stuff, etc. (all in a convenient bag).
1 large beach or bath towel.
Glasses or corrective lenses for boys who need them (we do not recommend contacts for younger boys)
Not optional! Boys need to be able to see to play capture the flag, to navigate without getting lost, etc.
1 Pair UV-protecting Sunglasses (optional, recommended)
1 glasses retaining strap for wearers of glasses (or sunglasses) to use on water activities
Notebook and pen in waterproof ziplock
Reference book(s): First Aid book, Allen & Mike's book,  Fieldbook in waterproof ziplock (optional, but recommended for boys not yet First Class)
Sunscreen SPF 15 or above, in small to medium size
Insect repellent
Small bottles of lotion-type insect repellent which contain at least 20% DEET are required. 100% DEET preparations are not recommended for younger scouts.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING PRESSURIZED SPRAY CANS, and try to avoid pump spray bottles in favor of lotions.
Small Game(s) that can be played with others (hackey sack, small balls, cards, frisbee, etc.) (optional) 
These should be things that can afford to be lost/broken/rained on.
Small additional camp comfort items (ex. camp chair, pillow that can get wet, etc.) (optional)
One or two items are useful for comfort/fun; however if they become at all a burden to carry they're really more of a hindrance.

MEDICATIONS: Medications required by a scout for the trip should be carried in the original prescription bottle received from the pharmacy or the original over-the-counter packaging, and can be retained by the scout or given with instructions to an adult leader at parents' option.

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