What Does Your New Boy Scout Need?
Welcome to Boy Scouting! If you’re like we were several years ago, we had no idea what our new scout needed. Even with the packing lists given to us and our own outdoor experiences, we weren’t sure of the best brands to purchase.
I still remember sitting with another new-scout-mom and listening to a 16 year old give us his sage advice for camp. All of the chair were put away around us as we listened. I had so many questions.
We had no idea how we’d ever send our firstborns off to camp. Is this you too? Somehow we’ve managed and they had a great time. We’ve been sending our sons away to Boy Scout Camp for several years now and have made a Master List for Boy Scout Camp and Parent Tips for Camp.
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We’ve learned that every new Boy Scout needs the following gear. All of this gear can really become expensive if you purchase it all at one time. Tip: Starting Christmas of our son’s 5th grade year, we started purchasing the following items. We even added them to our son’s wish list for relatives to purchase too. Spreading out the expense really helped out.
Basic Supplies for the New Boy Scout
- Official Class A Scout uniform – (uniform shirt, convertible pants, socks)
- Official Boy Scout Handbook – Only purchase the newest version.
- Handbook cover – the “official” Boy Scout version works best.
- Rain jacket– Camp is outside 24-7, boys need good quality, closed seams and breathable jackets.
- Mess Kit for meals
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight or headlamp + extra batteries
- Pocket knife – My boys love this one, but it is super sharp.
- Water bottle – This simple bottle is light weight and has a ring for each gear attachment.
- Rubbermaid boxes – This size is perfect for scouts to carry and stash their gear in. They also fit under the cots at most scout camps.
- Hiking boots – This type of boot has a great feature for kids – they have an insole that you can remove to add about 1/2 size to make them last longer).
- Sleeping Bag – This really depends on the climate your child will be camping. Tip: It’s always better to be too warm when you’re sleeping outdoors, than too cold.
If you really want a more thorough list, click here for Summer Camp Supplies for the New Boy Scout.
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