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This is a supplemental guide for Summer and Long-Term camps.

Reference the Troop 279 Hot Weather Camping Guide for information concerning hot weather camping.

Medical Information

Complete the Summer Camp Medication Dosing Form and turn into Troop Leadership before we depart (or sooner) for Summer Camp.

  • Clearly mark medicines that must be taken with Scouts name.
  • Place in a Ziplock bag with original containers.
  • Only supply enough medicine for the duration of summer camp.
    • We can not/do not want to be responsible for 30 days of controlled substances.
  • We must keep medicines under lock and key.

We must have a Completed BSA Physical with Parts A, B & C!
No Physical. No Summer Camp.

What to Bring

This packing list is similar to the Generic Packing List.

Each camper is provided a canvas, two-person tent on a wooden platform and an army-style cot. The following list of recommended items is taken from chapters 8 and 9 of the Boy Scout Handbook. Please be aware that your Scout will be camping for seven days and six nights.


The more money you give your scout the more money he will spend!

  • Additional spending money: $25-$30 average, more if completing Leatherwork and Woodcarving Merit Badges.
  • We stop for lunch (fast food) on the 2.5-hour drive up.
  • The Trading Post sells snacks.


A plastic “Rubbermaid” style footlocker must be supplied to keep the scout's gear in.

  • All of the Scouts belongings must fit in the footlocker.
  • Do not over pack.
  • All items must be marked with the Scout’s last name and troop number.
  • A mesh bag to keep wet/dirty clothes in. No plastic bags/trash bags for storing personal gear.
  • Again, All of the Scouts belongings must fit in the footlocker.


Scouts are required to wear their Class “A” Uniform at Dinner and Flag Ceremonies.

  • Scout Uniform
    • Hanger for scout shirt
    • No Neckerchief
  • Scout Handbook


It can get chilly at night.

  • Sleeping Bag (55-60 degree)/blankets/bed roll
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping pad (we sleep on cots so the extra padding is nice)
  • No inflatable air mattresses
  • Bug net to go over the cot (optional)


  • Shorts
  • T-shirts (Class B preferred)
  • Belt
  • Socks (4 pairs minimum)
  • Underwear (4 pairs minimum)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimming:
    • 2 swim suits
    • swim towel
    • water shoes
  • Hiking shoes and spare shoes
    • No Open-Toe Sandals or Shoes
  • Light Jacket
  • Poncho or Rain Gear

Personal Hygiene

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Washcloth and bath towel
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant

Personal Effects

Don't forget your watch - you have places to be and things to do!

  • Watch - inexpensive and waterproof
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Repellant
  • Flashlight w/ spare batteries
  • Pocketknife (if you have your Totin' Chip)
  • Canteen/water bottles/cup/camelback
    • (No prepackaged water bottles - must be backpacking style/reusable)

Personal Recreation Extras

  • Playing cards (no gambling)
  • Board games
  • Frisbees
  • Football

Merit Badge Extras

Reference the Merit Badge books for your classes to find all the requirements and extras to bring with you to Summer Camp.

Official Merit Badge Books from BSA Online Store

Please make sure you know what merit badges you have been signed up for. If in doubt you will be able to ask the leaders. Also, look at the posted schedule that will be onsite.

All Merit Badges

  • Merit Badge books
  • Notebook and paper
  • Pen/pencil

Swimming Merit Badge

  • Long pants & long sleeve shirt
4. Demonstrate survival skills by jumping feetfirst into deep water wearing clothes (shoes,
socks, swim trunks, long pants, belt, and long-sleeved shirt). Remove shoes and socks,
inflate the shirt, and show that you can float using the shirt for support. Remove and inflate the pants 
for support. Swim 50 feet using the inflated pants for support, then show how to reinflate the pants 
while still afloat.


  • Compass

The New Trail

Requirements Covered Participants in the First Year Scout Program should bring following items for program purposes:


  • Scout Handbook
  • Notebook with plenty of paper
  • Water Bottle
  • Pen and pencil
  • Compass (if you have one)
  • Pocketknife (subject to Leader approval)


  • Rain Jacket
  • Snacks
  • Water Bottle
  • Day Pack
  • Flashlight
  • Personal Items - such as first aid kit, insect repellant


  • Loose clothes
  7. Perform the following equipment-based rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet 
  from shore. Use a proper entry and a strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject to determine 
  his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.

     e. Remove street clothes in 20 seconds or less and use a non-buoyant aid, such as a shirt or
     towel, to tow the subject to safety. Explain when it is appropriate to remove heavy clothing 
     before attempting a swimming rescue.


  • Fishing gear

Meals and Snacks

  • The Dining Hall serves Cafeteria Meals.
  • Take it easy on the Snacks You Pack. You do not want to attract night visitors!
    • Bring High-Energy Wholesome snacks
    • Do NOT bring soft drinks, disposable water bottles, bottled Gatorade and similar bottled drinks.
    • NO chocolate or food that melts

Please leave these things at home

  • Do not bring anything you are not willing to loose, has sentimental value, or is expensive.
  • Electronic Devices – Cell Phones, Radios, iPods, Game Systems, etc….
  • Axes, Saws, Sheath Knives, Fireworks, Weapons of any kind.
  • Junk Food (empty calories)
  • Cans or bottles of Soda/Gatorade/Iced Tea/etc.
camping/summer_camp_guide.txt · Last modified: 2017/06/06 01:14 by Jack W. Parks