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Cub Scout Packing List

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Packing List

You already have most of this at home! Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy everything all at once.

Each person should have access to:  

  • Day Pack, containing 
    • Individual First Aid Kit (age appropriate) 
      • Small Bandages and antibiotic ointment 
      • Wound cleaning pads and sting relief ointment or pads 
    • Sun screen spray or lotion (high SPF) 
    • Bug spray/lotion 
    • Hand sanitizer 
    • Water bottle (reusable) 
    • Whistle 
    • Trail snacks 
    • Pocket knife (optional, only if Whittling Chip is earned and with the scout) 
    • Flashlight 
    • Light rain gear – rain jacket/pants (better in wind, like “frog toggs”) or poncho 
    • Notebook and pencil (optional) 
  • A duffle bag or other large bag, containing 
    • Personal items and toiletries and toilet paper 
    • Mess Kit (kits run $10-20, or bringing equivalent items from home is ok) 
      • Plate, bowl, and cup (reusable, plastic or metal)  
      • Spoon and Fork (or spork) (reusable, plastic or metal) 
      • Mesh dunk bag 
    • Clothing (appropriate for season and weather) 
    • Uniform (for dinner and scout’s own service) 
    • Towel 
    • Scout book 
  • Closed-toe shoes good for walking (broken in to reduce blisters, tall socks preferred) 
  • Sleeping bag/blankets and pad 
  • Pillow/sweatshirt in a pillowcase 
  • Camp chair 
  • Medicine (as needed, held by parent/guardian) 

For each group tenting together: 

  • Tent with rainfly and poles 
  • Ground cloth or tarp 
  • Adequate number of tent stakes 

Additional Notes

Sleeping bags

  • Most sleeping bags have temperature ratings that indicate survival, not comfort. A 40*F bag will only be comfortable to about 50*F.
  • Sleeping bags rated for colder temperatures are more expensive, and often much more bulky.
  • Additional blankets and thermal clothing add approximately 10*F per blanket of warmth.
  • Avoid wearing clothing which will trap sweat against your body
  • A common (and inexpensive) strategy in our area is:
    • at 60*F, use a Summer sleeping bag or a heavy blanket.
    • at 50*F, use a Summer sleeping bag or a heavy blanket with a fleece blanket inside of it.
    • at 40*F, use a Summer sleeping bag with a fleece blanket and thermal clothing.
  • Below 30*F, you will need some additional equipment. We will discuss this in advance.


  • Rain jackets are generally preferred over ponchos if it will be windy


  • Closed-toe shoes are required
  • Sandals are allowed to, from, and in the shower
  • Bring backup shoes and keep them in the car in case you step in a puddle
  • Bring extra socks! Keep your feet dry!


  • We have tents to borrow
  • Tents with a “tub floor” are superior to those which do not have a reinforced, waterproof floor

Buying and Upgrading

When you are ready to stop using your things from home and purchase your own purpose-designed camping items, consider prioritizing purchases as follows:

  • Add an air mattress or sleeping pad for $20-50 (depending on style)
  • Upgrade from home silverware to a mess kit for $10
  • Upgrade from blankets to a 40 degree/Summer sleeping bag for $30-50 (depending on size)
  • Purchase your own family tent for $50

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