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Note: For your first campout, just bring as much of the following equipment as you already own or can borrow. You will need a sleeping bag and a closed-cell foam camp sleeping mat right away, but try not to buy any other new equipment until you have been on a couple campouts and had a chance to talk to your Scoutmaster about what to buy.
____ BACKPACK (and/or large Sports Equipment Bag, and/or Duffel Bag). Line it with a Lawn Bag first, to keep contents dry.
____ SLEEPING BAG
____ CLOSED-CELL FOAM CAMP SLEEPING PAD ($7, Walmart's camping section).
____ EXTRA PAIR PANTS (non-cotton, if possible -- check the tags for polyester, nylon, or other synthetics)
____ WOOL SWEATER, or POLYESTER SWEATSHIRT
____ LONG SLEEVE SHIRT (Wool or synthetic fiber for insulating quality/quick drying).
____ 2 SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS
____ HAT (with brim for sun)
____ GOOD QUALITY WHISTLE on neck chain.
____ MESS-KIT (BOWL, CUP, FORK, SPOON, PLATE -- (plastic keeps food warmer than metal).
____ 2 ONE-QUART WATER BOTTLES, filled ("Nalgene" Bottles are the most dependable).
____ FLASHLIGHT & EXTRA BATTERIES.
____ SMALL FIRST AID KIT (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).
____ PEN & POCKET NOTEPAD, (No, you can't borrow ours), BSA HANDBOOK (Free when you join)
____ CLEAN-UP KIT (Small Hand Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, Fast-Drying Camp Towel).
____ TOILET PAPER (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).
____ "BLUE" 5'X7' TARP (or other Plastic Ground Sheet to keep sleeping bag dry).
____ BUG REPELLENT (non-aerosol)
____ SWIM SUIT
Always pack for one season COLDER than now!
Avoid cotton clothes (like blue jeans and cotton sweatshirts) for outdoor use.