Troop 279 suggests the following items on the page for outing activities. This is the basic Scout kit needed for your Scout to be comfortable in the outdoors.
There are only FOUR things a Scout needs:
The Troop has:
This Basic Gear list focuses on everything the Individual Scout will need for most outings. You do not need to spend a bunch of money to outfit your scout.
A backpack is the key piece of Camping Gear that holds all of the scout's belongings during Troop outings. Selecting the right pack seems like a daunting task. You don't want to overspend, under buy, or get something that is inflexible.
The measurement you need is your torso length. Use a soft seamstress tape and have someone measure from the base of your neck (precisely, your C7 vertebrae, the most prominent bone at the base of your neck) straight down your spine until it is level with your hip bone (also called your iliac crest). Most adult packs have a fit range of 18 to 20 inches, while youth packs are more adjustable and fit torso lengths between 14 and 19 inches.
Troop 279 Notes:
There are two types of backpacks:
External frames have a metal framework on the outside.
Internal-frame packs have their support structure hidden within the pack like a skeleton.
Troop 279 Notes:
The amount of gear a pack can hold is measured in either liters or cubic inches. A larger capacity is not always better. Be careful not to overfill your pack and carry too much weight.
Troop 279 Notes: A right sized Scout pack holds between 3000-3500 cubic inches (or 50-55 liters)
Get a pack cover
You should be able to find a new, external frame backpack for under $100
What is a sleep system? A sleep system consists of all the components to help a Scout get a good nights rest. There are three primary components; a sleeping bag, a liner, and a sleeping pad.
The correct sleeping bag is crucial to keeping a scout comfortable on a camping trip.
Buy a sleeping bag that is the correct size for the scout.
ALPS Mountaineering sleeping bags comes in three sizes: Short, Regular, & Long.
Stay away from “feather” or “down” sleeping bags. They lose loft (aka warmth) when wet. Young Scouts don't have the skills to use these properly.
Georgia is in a temperate climate. Average cold months temperatures are from highs around 55 degrees to lows around freezing.
The Troop recommends a good 20-degree bag for cold weather camping.
Georgia is in a temperate climate. Night time temperatures can be between 50 and 80 degrees.
The Troop recommends a good 55-60 degree bag for warm weather camping.
ALPS Mountaineering has an awesome Hybrid Bag that is part 55 degree bag and part sheet or this sleeping bag liner called the Razor that works as a 60-80 degree bag as well.
Liners are lite weight blankets that augment your sleep system. Carry them in the summer and winter to get the most flexibility in your sleep system.
These are silk or fleece liners that go inside the sleeping bag.
Alternatively, buy an inexpensive fleece throw or blanket and wrap yourself in it inside the sleeping bag.
Sleeping bag liners can be used as a sleeping bag.
Don't sleep directly on the ground.
NO AIR MATTRESSES
Air mattresses do not insulate.
Foam Pads can be purchased for under $10
High end backpacking sleeping pads are nice but cost more money
Bottom Line: Save your money
Besides a place to sleep, Scouts need a way to consume food.
Traditional aluminum cook kits are nice to eat on, but are OK for cooking and horrible to clean.
Stick with unbreakable plastics:
The Troop recommends the following items: A plate
Fork, Knife, Spoon
Use a paint pen to put your Scout's name on the plastic mess kits - permanent markers don't work very well
We cannot stress the importance of having a rugged, reusable water bottle. Having two on hand is even better.
These can be bought a Walmart for around $5-7