The following is a list of equipment that will be needed by a Scout attending a typical Troop 740 weekend camping trip. This is a basic list and some trips like backpacking can require more specialized equipment. Most of this is rather inexpensive except perhaps the sleeping bag. It is best not to cut corners here or you may have a very cold camper during a cold weather campout. Expert advice is available from any adult Scouter, just ask.
This may sound like a lot of items but it is much more comfortable to have. Some can be shared among friends. Many of these items are usually around the house and can return to their daily duty when returning home. Also, it helps a lot if personal gear is marked. You would not believe how everything looks alike, and many times the Scouts aren't even sure it is theirs. Many scouts use plastic bins to store/transport their gear. They keep gear dry and are easy to transport - a standard cot (as used at summer camp) allows for a 16 inch high bin to fit underneath. Make sure your name and troop are on it!
As a reminder, the troop provides the tents, cooking gear, dining fly, and lighting for the camp site. Feel free to use this as a pre-camping checklist (you can find a list just like this in your Boy Scout Handbook). Camping fees are due two weeks in advance of the trip as we purchase all of the food and special equipment ahead of time.
NO electronics (we are there to enjoy the outdoors and each others company) - radios, game boys, boom boxes etc. If brought they will be returned at the conclusion of the trip.
NO Food in tents. Refrain from bringing personal snacks. We camp in areas that many animals call home, and food in the tents is an open invitation to come on in and party!
Cell phones can be brought but should remain off in the camper's bag until the Troop is returning. The scout can then use it to notify parents when to pick them up. If the scout does not bring a phone they can borrow one of the leaders'.