Personal Camp Kit List

What a Scout needs for a weekend camp

By Scouter Liam Morland, October 2000

Below is a personal camp gear suggestion list. This is an all-season list. You need to think about the weather and type of activity when choosing what to bring. Talk to your Patrol Leader or Scouter if you are unsure about what you need. You are responsible for making sure that you have everything you need and that it is properly packed. Your parents must not put things into your backpack for you. You need to know where things are packed so that you can find them quickly.

Kit List



Eating Gear




Scouting Gear


Please do not bring

Preparing for the Cold

Dress in Layers

Proper clothing is essential for keeping warm, dry, and comfortable in the winter. Wearing multiple layers is both warm and allows one to take layers off and on so that they always have enough to be warm, but not so much that they sweat. Modern fleece and long underwear made of Merino wool or polyester is the best: It is warm, lightweight, retains much of its warmth when wet, and dries quickly. Avoid cotton. Insulation must be spread over the entire body. Your layers should be something like this:

  1. Base layers: Long sleeved tee-shirts, long underwear, thin socks.
  2. Insulation layers: Sweaters, warm pants (fleece is best; jogging pants also work), heavy socks (fleece or wool).
  3. Winter jacket, snow pants, winter boots.
  4. Hat and neck-warmer, gloves and mittens.

Bring extra clothes, particularly socks and mitts, so that you can change out of wet clothing. Remember to dry any wet clothing.

Warmth at Night


A knife is a key tool in the outdoors, but a low-quality knife can be dangerous. You are better off with a high-quality knife with a single blade than a low-quality multi-tool. Choose a knife with a straight (not serrated) blade, 2–3.5 inches in length. A locking blade is preferred. A good choice is a genuine Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox with a lock blade. Other quality manufacturers are Wenger, Gerber, and Leatherman.


A good orienteering compass for the beginner hiker or boater is the Suunto A-10 or Silva Polaris.