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Summer Camping is FUN

Knowledge is power! Do not wait on someone to tell you how to prepare – seek out resources. Most of this information can be found in your Boy Scout Handbook.

Everybody enjoys camping when it’s nice and warm outside. During the warm weather, you can go canoeing, whitewater rafting, bicycling, and many other fun activities. However, without the proper gear, your camping trip can be miserable.


  • Read Clothing for Outdoor Adventures (Pages 270-276) in your Boy Scout Handbook.
  • Read the First Aid for Sunburn, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke (Page 150-151) in your Boy Scout Handbook.
  • Read Chapter 11 “Gearing Up” in the Boy Scout Field Book.
  • Read Chapter 14 “Warm Weather Travel and Camping” in the Boy Scout Field Book.

Sleeping bags

  • Use a sleeping bag that is appropriate for the conditions.
  • I recommend a 55-60 degree bag
  • Fleece sleeping bags work well
  • Sometimes a hammock and a blanket work well.
  • It is possible to get cold on summer nights.
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Hypothermia is possible in the summer


  • The key to staying cool is very similar to the guide to staying warm, and that is to layer your clothing.
  • Wear enough to keep you comfortable so that you don't overheating and sweating. Remove layers of clothing when you start getting too hot.
  • Wear a hat and avoid dark colors when you are travelling through areas of direct sunlight.
  • Put on an appropriate amount of sunscreen.
  • Bugs and Sun
  • Carry sunscreen with a SPF of 30+. The higher the better.
  • You can get a sunburn on a cloudy day.
  • Lips can get burned - use a lip balm with SPF 30+
  • Carry bug spray with DEET.
  • Coat gear, tent and clothing with Permethrin. (DO NOT use on skin)


  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Bring extra food that doesn’t need to be heated or cooked. Granola bars, trail mix, etc.
  • Stay away from carbonated drinks.

Tent Placement

Camping in hot weather is more difficult than it seems. You spend your day hiking, biking and walking under hot sun so when you come back to your tent, you will need a cool place to relax. Tents also become hot due to warm weather, Especially if pitched in the sun.

Some useful tips to cool your tent are given below:

  • The best thing you can do to keep your tent cool is to pitch it under shade. Watch out for dead limbs and branches that could fall on the tent.
  • You should pitch your tent to take advantage of breezes. Orient the windows and doors to be in line with the wind. The more you let the breeze getting in, cooler your tent will be.
  • If it is sunny outside, open windows of tent keeping rain fly off. If weather remains same throughout the day, leave windows open to keep tent cool and ventilated.
  • Bring a battery powered fan. Fans increase air flow in tent and keep it cool in warm weather.
  • Another tip for hot weather camping is to use a sheet with your sleeping bag. Use this sheet as a sleeping bag liner. At night, if you feel hot in your sleeping bag, you can use the sheet.
camping/troop_279_hot_weather_camping_guide.txt · Last modified: 2016/05/01 14:55 by Jack W. Parks