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OFFICIAL BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK - This is a mandatory item that is very useful.  It includes pages we will use to record advancement and a wealth of practical information that is relevant long after the boy has left scouting.  A book cover provides protection on campouts.

UNIFORM - Scout shirt, red epaulet tabs, and San Diego Imperial Council (SDIC) shoulder patch for the right sleeve are needed.  Single-patch numerals and Neckerchiefs are provided by the Troop.  Choose a shirt (short sleeve is recommended) that fits loosely so that T-shirts or thermal underwear can be comfortably worn underneath during cold weather.  Two pants are recommended: one short (for summer) and one long (for winter).  The BSA uniform is virtually indestructible so buy one of each of these items and size them to provide room for growth.

CAMPING EQUIPMENT - The following items are basic necessities:

  1. Poncho - plastic ponchos with permanently attached hoods are best.  Avoid the "emergency pocket" versions because they rip when the boys sit down on them.  A good poncho will provide years of use to a Scout.

  2. First Aid Kit - The Troop carries a substantial emergency first aid kit but each Scout should have a small kit of basic first-aid necessities (band-aids, bandages, gauze, duct tape, etc.).

  3. Flashlight - Nothing big or fancy is required but it should be rugged.  Flashlights that twist on and off are least subject to accidental turn on (which runs the batteries out).  A combination that works well for camping is a medium-sized flashlight (two D-cell type) and a small battery-operated tent lantern.  Newer hi-tech flashlights are smaller and expensive; they are not recommended for younger boys because they are easily lost or broken.

  4. Pocket Knife - Each Scout is required to be trained and receive the Tot n Chip card to carry a knife.  The official Boy Scout pocket knife, and versions of the Swiss Army Knife, are good choices.  Knives that include a blade, punch, screw driver, bottle opener, and a can opener are recommended.  Note that Scouts are not permitted to carry a long-blade folding knife or sheath knives.  Please consult with the Scoutmaster if in doubt.

  5. Eating Utensils - Are provided by troop in grub box for car camping.

  6. Mess Kit - The Official Boy Scout Mess Kit is sturdy and thus recommended.  It will be used for cooking and eating many times for back packing

  7. Canteen - Any leak-proof water bottle will do (aluminum or plastic.)  A one liter container will do for most trips.  These containers are usually carried inside the pack so belt canteens are not recommended.

  8. Personal Toilet Kit - Should include soap in a plastic container, toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth, towel, and toilet paper.  Toilet paper is not needed for places where sanitary facilities are available, please check with the Scoutmaster before outings.

  9. Sleeping Bag - Choose a 3 - 4 pound synthetic-filled nylon bag.  Avoid down-filled (expensive and useless when wet) or cotton (heavy and also useless when wet.)  The best shapes are mummy or modified mummy but choose one the Scout will be comfortable in.  Be sure to get a stuff sack with your bag.

  10. Sleeping Pad - Provides comfort required for a good night's sleep.  They provide padding and insulation from the ground.  Choose a good one.

  11. Backpack - A pack is only required when the Troop hikes but most Scouts will use them every time we go camping because they are convenient for carrying their personal gear and stuff around camp.  Your son will grow so look for a bag with adjustable straps.  There are internal and internal frame pack--each has its advantages and disadvantages.  Look for comfort and accessibility.  A good backpack has padded shoulder straps and a complete round-the-waist padded hip belt.  The hip belt must be able to support most of the pack's weight.

  12. Hiking Boots/Socks - All Scouts should have a good pair of boots.  These need to have a strong sole, come up to the ankle, and be comfortable when laced snugly.  Boots should be waterproofed (sprayed with waterproofing such as CampDry on the outside) and broken in (worn a few times) before they are used for hiking.  Many boots are made from a rugged fabric and Gore-Tex material; these are fine.  Sneakers are generally not suited for hiking over rugged terrain.  Comfort and fit are important so well fitting, cushioned socks are also needed.  Be sure to wear cushioned socks when trying your boots on for a proper fit.  Wool and synthetic socks (or blends of these) are best because they don't absorb moisture and help keep your feet dry.  Cotton socks are NOT good because they absorb and retain moisture.

  13. Compass - A valuable tool that relates to many aspects of hiking.  Good ones come mounted on a see-thru plastic plate that has ruler and bearing markings for use when reading maps. (Used for orienteering in advancement)

  14. Stove - The Troop provides Patrol stoves for most campouts.  You may wish to purchase a backpacking stove sometime in the future.  An inexpensive first stove is a simple Coleman camp stove, suitable for most needs shared by 2-3 scouts on backpack outings..

  15. Clothing - Comfort is the key.  In winter you should stay away from cotton as it retains moisture and dries slowly.

  16. Folding Chair - A must for relaxing around a campfire after a busy day outdoors.  Modern folding chairs are compact, lightweight, and inexpensive so don't go camping without one. (Car Camping only)

  17. Tents - The Troop does not provide tents or but most scouts have one, to start out buddy up for Troop outings.

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