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Camping Equipment

The Basics
Scouting requires some basic camping equipment to get started. Often these items are things you may already have or can easily borrow. Scouts are responsible for their own personal gear including:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mess kit
  • Tent with ground cloth
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Rain gear jacket and pants  (no ponchos)
The scout handbook includes a list of suggested camping items. And the troop has a standard packing list for campouts. These lists will get you started. 

The Troop supplies group cooking gear and stoves for camping outings. 

Synthetic Clothing 
The troop requires scouts to use non-cotton synthetic clothing for campouts. Synthetic fabrics are breathable and dry quickly. They don't retain moisture as most natural fibers do. So scouts stay drier in normal conditions and dry out more quickly in wet conditions.

  • Standard issue scout pants are great camping pants.
  • Polar fleece and similar fabrics are great insulators
  • Nylon, polypropylene and spandex blends are good breathable outdoor fabrics

Troop leaders and older scouts are good resources for information about gear. Experienced campers have often tried many different types of gear and have learned what does and does not work. Ask them for help if you are unsure about what gear to bring camping.

Online reviews can be helpful or confusing. So use them cautiously. 
One site that does a very thorough job of evaluating equipment is Outdoor Gear Lab. http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/
A great website to learn from. 

Where to buy gear
All of these resources can be good sources for equipment and gear. Look for special sales. 

1701 Rockville Pike #7, Rockville, MD 20852

Hiker Direct

Special Discounts for Scouts
The following stores offer varying discounts for youth and adult members of the BSA. Check with each individual location to see if these apply.

Bass Pro Shops: Get a 10 percent in-store discount when you present a BSA membership card.
Cabella’s: Get a 10 percent in-store discount when you present a troop checkbook.
Campmor: Save 10 percent on troop orders.
Coleman: Register for access to discounted products at coleman.com/youth.
Dick’s Sporting Goods: Get a 10 percent in-store
discount when you present a BSA membership card.
Eastern Mountain Sports: Call individual stores for “Club Day” dates, on which Scouts save up to 25 percent on EMS-brand merchandise and up to 20 percent on any other merchandise. Stores are located in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey and Maryland.
Gander Mountain: Get a 10 percent in-store discount when you present a BSA membership card.
Great Outdoor Provision: Discounts for Scouts range from 10 to 25 percent off in-store purchases at locations in North Carolina and Virginia when you present a BSA membership card.
L.L.Bean: Get a troop discount for gear that will remain property of your unit by registering at bit.ly/llbeandiscount. Call 800-458-3058 with questions.

Online clearance stores:

Used Gear
Your local thrift store

Rental Gear
Rent outdoor equipment to test items before buying or to fill a gap in your equipment. Check local gear outfitters for available rentals or look at online gear-rental websites, such as: