Purchase Recommendations:

1.      Sleeping bag.  We camp year round and winter weekends do get cold.  A sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees or below is strongly recommended.  It should be a mummy style.  A reminder to make sure you have a storage bag for your sleeping bag.  This is for when the bag is not in use.  You also need a compression sack for your sleeping bag.  This is used when you carry your bag on your pack.  The compression sack reduces the size of your sleeping bag by 25% to 40%.  Also consider purchasing a sleeping bag liner or making one from an old bed sheet.  The liner will protect and extend the life of the sleeping bag.

2.      Ground pad. This is used as an insulator from ground moisture and cold. It also offers a large degree of comfort after a long day of activities. The ground pad can be a foam bedroll or a self - inflating bedroll. Air-mattresses are not consider effective for cold weather camping as the air never warms up in the mattress.

3.      Backpack.  A quality frame backpack is a necessity at this level.  Do not shop just for price, though a just consideration.  Shop for a durable, well-made pack that will fit your Scout and grow with him.  This will help insure an enjoyable experience on the trail.  The backpack will not only be used for the Scout's personal gear but also for carrying his share of his patrol gear/ food.  We recommend an external frame pack for this area of the country and our style of camping.

A word on internal frame packs. Internal frame packs are gaining in popularity in this region of the country. These packs are great on the back and can hold a large amount of gear. They are, however, more expensive than frame packs and more difficult to fit and pack. We do not recommend these for young, growing Scouts. Internal frames can be considered when your son stops growing and has shown a strong commitment to backpacking.

For external frame packs, there are several brands, styles and load capacities available. Included with this packet is a listing of companies that supply frame packs and other camping gear. You will also need to purchase at least four (4) 3/4" x 48" lashing straps for the pack. Straps are used to hold gear carried on the pack in place. Do not use rope or bungee chords. They're poor substitutes and will break under stress.

4.      Foot gear and socks. Sneakers and cotton socks are the poorest choices for any camping program. Neither offers the support and protection a Scout needs in the outdoors.

Each Scout needs a pair of hiking boots. There are several brands such as Nike, Coleman, Hi - Tec, Reebok and others to choose from. These boot companies make boots from leather and nylon. These boots have proven to be very durable. They are also inexpensive by comparison to today's sneaker prices.

Each Scout needs to wear wool socks and polypro liners on campouts for their health and safety. The liner removes the moisture from the foot and transfers it to the sock where it can evaporate. Cotton socks act like a sponge and absorb the moisture. This moisture retention is what causes blisters and the start of hypothermia and frostbite.

q       Please do not be overwhelmed with all the equipment required. If you find that you need assistance or cannot afford some equipment at this time, please see us. We will make arrangements so your son will have the needed equipment.

q       If you have any questions on equipment purchases, talk to us. We will be more than happy to assist you in acquiring the correct equipment for your son.


Packing Lists:

q                                                    BACKPACKING EQUIPMENT LIST

q       Frame pack

q       Eating utensils

q       Toten’ Chip

q       Hiking boots

q       Cup

q       Compass

q       Ground cloth

q       Plate

q       Flashlight

q       Sleeping bag

q       First Aid kit

q       Extra batteries

q       Sleeping pad

q       Pocket knife

q       Toilet Paper

q       Sleeping bag liner

q       Space blanket

q       Soap (biodegradable)

q       Rain gear

q       Matches

q       Water Bottles (2)

q       Hat

q       Watch

q       Bandanas

q       Toothbrush

q       Toothpaste

q       Pillow (optional)

q       Face Cloth

q       Small Towel

q       Lantern (optional)

q       100 ft. of twine

q       Medication (if req’d)




q       Long sleeve shirt

q       T - shirts

q       Long pants

q       Hiking shorts

q       Sweater/ light jacket

q       Underwear

q       Wool Socks

q       Sock liners


q                                                         COLD WEATHER CLOTHING

q       Long sleeve shirt

q       Wool shirt/ Sweater

q       Thermal underwear

q       Wool/ Thermal socks

q       Long pants

q       Coat/ Parka

q       Insulated boots

q       Stocking cap

q       Mittens/gloves (2 pair )

q       Sock liners


q                                                   SUMMER CAMP PACKING LIST

q       Sleeping bag w/ liner

q       Swim suit

q       Foot locker w/ lock

q       Pillow

q       Long pants

q       Hiking boots

q       Mosquito net for bunk

q       Rope / clothes line

q       Merit badge books

q       (2)Uniform shirts, Cl.A

q       Soap

q       Sequassen manual

q       (2)Troop shirts, Cl. B

q       Toothbrush & paste

q       Scout Handbook

q       Light jacket

q       (2) towels

q        Water bottle

q       Rain gear

q       Cup or mug

q       Toten’ Chip

q       Hat

q       Mess kit & utensils

q        Compass

q       (7) Scout Tee shirts

q       Flashlight & batteries

q        Lantern (optional)

q       (7) pair underwear

q       Day pack

q       Paper & pencil, pen

q       (7) pair white socks & (7) pair Scout socks

q        Insect repellent (non-aeresol)

q       Fishing pole (optional)

q       Sneakers

q        Medication (if req’d)

q        Bedsheet (optional)

q       Water shoes

q        Spending money










IRS Rate


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Fuel disbursement program objectives are to encourage car pooling which helps fuel conservation, encourages adult involvement, helps people to get to know each other better, and creates interaction and interdependency in accomplishing Troop excursions. There are also many times that parking is limited where we camp.


Payment will be based upon vehicle trip and mileage only with no basis for number of people transported. This makes it fairer for trucks transporting mostly equipment and less Scouts.


All regular vehicles will be paid upon official IRS mileage for non-profit groups which is $0.14/mile (2007). Vehicles such as large vans carrying more than 6 – 8 Scouts or pick-up trucks carrying a majority of Troop equipment will be reimbursed two times the IRS rate or $0.28 per mile.  These figures are based upon regular vehicles averaging about 20 mpg and vans and trucks that average 10-12mpg.  This is fair based upon Troop history where we have a few very involved leaders giving of their time and large vehicles to help make the program work.


Trip mileage based upon Mapquest or estimated agreed mileage.

Collections and payments are only for monthly trips. All other patrol outings or training etc. driving is up to individuals if they want to charge for driving.


Money will be collected from all trip attendees, Scouts and adults, at time of trip sign-up.

Money will be disbursed upon return of trip at next Tuesday night meeting.

Note: If you choose to drive with only your son and no other Scouts or equipment then you will pay the standard trip charge but will only be reimbursed one half of the amount. This extra money will be used to offset the cost of drivers with large vans and vehicles that drive numerous Scouts and equipment. This is enforced to encourage carpooling.


Jiminy Peak Ski Trip Example:

120 miles up, + round trip to Ski Area (60 miles) +120 miles return = 300 miles

300 miles x $0.28 = $84.00 (large truck)

300 miles x $0.14 = $42.00  (car / small SUV)

Estimate of number of Scouts/Adults attending 10 adults, 25 Scouts, 10 drivers

8 cars x $42 = $336

2 trucks x $84 = $168

Total estimated cost = $504 / 35 attendees = $14.00 per person


Gettysburg: 275 miles x 2 round trip,  plus 3 daily trips of 15 miles = 595 miles

595 x $0.14 = $83.30

595 x $0.28 = $ 166.60

Tolls: TZ bridge = $4, PA 78 = $1x 2 , = $6


35 attendees, 10 vehicles, 8 cars, 2 trucks = 2($167) + 8($83) = $334 + $664 = $998 + tolls (10 x $6 = $60) = $1058 / 35 attendees = $30/attendee.


Block Island: 145 miles each way x 2 = 290 miles (no tolls)


Lehigh Rafting: 180 miles each way + run to river 30 miles each way = 420 miles

            Toll at Newburgh Beacon Bridge, & PA Turnpike & Rt. 78