Methodology

The Boy Scout handbook has some great packing lists. So I added my own polish to them for a list of gear to prepare for camping trips, hikes and basic survival. Just print off the list you need and ☑ check the items as you prepare or pack for your campout.

Personal pack list

What should each scout bring for himself on every campout? Review this list to find out. See the 13th edition Boy Scout Handbook (2016), especially pages 108-109, 238-239 and 268.

☐ Clothing 👕 👖 🌞 — to haul, and wear
☐ Backpack, ☐ Class A uniform, ☐ Clothes for weather and activities (☐ hot, ☐ cold, ☐ rain, ☐ snow, ☐ swim, ☐ hike, ☐ fish, ☐ other), ☐ Hat, ☐ Sunglasses, ☐ Small towel, ☒ Class B uniform, ☒ Extra clothing,
☐ Rest items 🛏 📖 — to sleep, study, record, and relax
☐ Sleeping bag, ☐ Sleeping pad, ☐ Scriptures, ☐ BSA handbook, ☐ Camp chair, ☒ Ground cloth, ☒ Pillow,
☐ Water kit 🌊 — to hydrate, and stay dry
☐ Cantene or water bottle (1 quart), ☐ Rain poncho, ☐ Backpack rain cover, ☒ Other rain covers,
☐ Mess kit 🍴 — to eat meals
☐ Spoon, ☐ Fork, ☐ Knife, ☐ Plate, ☐ Bowl, ☐ Cup,
☐ Tool kit 🔦 — to write, cut, light, signal and navigate
☐ Pocket knife, ☐ Small notebook, ☐ Pencil, ☐ Eraser, ☐ Matches, ☐ Flashlight, ☐ Whistle, ☐ Compass, ☒ Lighter, ☒ Sharpeners, ☒ Watch, ☒ Camera, ☒ Calculator,
☐ *Hygiene kit 💧 🌞 — to wash, brush, sanitize, and to protect face and skin
☐ Comb, ☐ Toothbrush, ☐ *Toothpaste, ☐ *Dental floss, ☐ *Hand sanitizer, ☐ *Hand soap, ☐ *Sunscreen (SPF 15+), ☐ *Insect repellant, ☐ *Lip balm,
☐ *Personal First Aid kit 🞧 — to medicate, bandage, sanitize, disinfect, note, and protect
☐ *Prescriptions, ☐ *OTC meds, ☐ 6 adhesive bandages, ☐ 2 sterile 3x3" gauze pads, ☐ Small roll of adhesive tape, ☐ Scissors, ☐ Soap, ☐ Sanitizer, ☐ Triple antibiotic ointment, ☐ Pencil and paper, ☐ 3x6" moleskin, ☐ Nonlatex disposable gloves,
☒ *Additional food 🥜 🍫
☒ *Personal food items, ☒ *Trail food,
☒ *Additional gear 🎣 — to do special activities
Key
☐ Checkboxes mark recommended items. ☒ Crossed checkboxes mark optional (as needed) items. * Asterisks mark smellables which must be sealed (stored separately) to avoid attracting animals.

Group pack list

What additional items should the adults coordinate to bring for the group on every campout? Review this list to find out. See the 13th edition Boy Scout Handbook (2016), especially pages 108-109, 269 and 307-308.

☐ Hauling — to travel and stay dry
☐ Vehicles, ☐ Maps, ☐ Trip plan itinerary, ☒ GPS, ☒ Phone, ☒ Rain covers for all exposed gear,
☐ Covering — to sleep, tie down, stay dry and establish camp
☐ Tents, ☐ Ground cloths, ☐ Dining fly, ☐ Stakes, ☐ 50 ft nylon cord, ☐ Patrol flags, ☐ U.S. flag,
☐ Cooking — to prepare all meals
☐ Range, ☐ Fuel tank and adapter, ☐ Pots, ☐ Pans, ☐ Spatula, ☐ Tongs, ☐ Large spoon, ☐ Cutting board, ☐ Mixing bowl, ☒ Roasting skewers, ☒ Ladle, ☒ Dutch oven, ☒ Hot pot tongs, ☒ Tin foil, ☒ Charcoal, ☒ Grill,
☐ Dishwashing — to wash, scrub, rinse, sanitize, and dry
☐ Sponge, ☐ Scrub brush, ☐ Scouring pads, ☐ Strainer, ☐ Kettle, ☐ 3 basins (Wash, Hot rinse, Cold rinse), ☐ Large towel, ☒ Drying rack,
☐ Campfire — to make, tend, and extinguish a fire
☐ Tinder, ☐ Kindling, ☐ Fuel (wood), ☐ Firestarter, ☐ Bucket, ☒ Extinguisher, ☒ Firepit, ☒ Poker,
☐ Disposal — to clean, wipe and remove waste
☐ Paper towels, ☐ Trash bags, ☐ Toilet paper, ☐ Spade,
☐ *Fluids — to stay hydrated
☐ Water jug (1 to 2.5 gallons), ☒ Water bottles, ☒ *Drink mix, ☒ *Electrolyte drink bottles,
☐ *Nourishment — to preserve, and eat all meals
☐ *Food for all meals, ☐ *Cooler, ☐ Ice, ☐ Table, ☐ 4x4' table cloths,
☐ *Sanitize kit — to clean and sanitize
☐ *Biodegradable dish soap, ☐ *Hand sanitizer, ☐ *Wet wipes, ☐ Water sanitizing tablets, ☒ Bleach,
☐ *Group First Aid kit— to medicate, bandage, wrap, support, immobilize, disinfect, prevent germs, debride, control temp, and sew
☐ All personal first aid kit items ☐ General purpose OTC meds (for pain, itch, allergy, fever, stomach, other), ☐ Box of assorted adhesive bandages, ☐ 12 sterile 3x3" gauze pads, ☐ 2 Roller bandages 1" wide, ☐ 1 Roller bandage 2" wide, ☐ Roll of adhesive tape 1" wide, ☐ 4 triangular bandages, ☒ SAM splint, ☐ 2 elastic bandages 3" wide, ☐ 12 safety pins, ☐ 4 moleskin 3x6" patches, ☐ 2 packets of gel pads for blisters or burns, ☐ 24 alcohol/iodine swabs, ☐ 6 pairs of nonlatex gloves, ☐ Safety glasses, ☒ CPR breathing barrier, ☐ Tweezers, ☐ Cold compress, ☐ Space blanket, ☐ Thread and needles,
☒ *Additional gear — to do requirements, merit badges, and special activities
Key
☐ Checkboxes mark recommended items. ☒ Crossed checkboxes mark optional (as needed) items. * Asterisks mark smellables which must be sealed (stored separately) to avoid attracting animals.

Musing

In my time as a scout leader, some of my 11-year-old boy scouts have expressed that the scout packing lists are too much, saying things such as when would I ever need a compass. Some scouts will make their parents the goat of their unpreparedness during inspection. At that age, those are some easy mistakes to make. Blaming others and asking questions of doubt are ways people state their disbelief or doubt, albeit obstinate ways to say so.

So, in this context of questioning, preparing this list brings me back to the days of my youth and in scouting. When I was a youth, I recall that my desire to form trust and agreement trumped second guessing instructions. I had the same questions and doubts, but I brought those questions inward first. Quite often this attitude helped me to see that a little time would afford me the answers when I did not understand without the feeling of embarrassment of asking questions. I could search within for the answers when I did not understand and if I came up empty, then I would ask the thought bound questions, often to the appreciation of others.