Below is the suggested kit list for an average Scout Camp. It’s important (especially if camping in the autumn or winter) to go to a camp properly prepared for the conditions. The camp organiser or Leader will let you know if you need anything in particular.

As far as possible, you should pack everything into your rucksack / holdall, rather than having things in multiple bags, as it will be hard to carry and it increases the chances of you losing things. You can strap your roll mat, or even your sleeping bag, to the outside of your rucksack in a bin bag to keep it dry, to give you more room inside your bag.

We expect Scouts to take the responsibility to pack their own kit – they’re the ones going on camp after all, not their parents.

Please don’t bring electronic toys. If you do bring a mobile phone, remember that you won’t have anywhere to charge it, and it should only be used for emergencies, or perhaps taking a photo or two – take the opportunity to disconnect from the net and reconnect to the real world for the weekend!

Also, don’t bring sweets or snacks – they attract animals and make a mess.

  • Uniform – to be worn on arrival
  • Wristwatch
  • Rucksack or holdall – depending upon the campsite, you might have to walk a fair distance from the carpark to the site, so take a bag that’s easy to carry
  • Daysack – for carrying waterproofs, lunch etc. on hikes or going offsite
  • Warm jumper(s) / sweatshirt(s)
  • T-Shirt(s)
  • Trousers – cargo style, Scout activity trousers or tracksuit bottoms are ideal – don’t bring jeans as if they get wet they will take an age to dry
  • Shorts
  • Underclothes & socks – enough for the length of the camp, plus a couple of spare pairs
  • Nightwear – especially on winter camps, it’s essential to have something dry to change into to sleep in
  • Woolly hat
  • Baseball cap / sun hat
  • Dining kit – plate, bowl, mug & cutlery in a drawstring bag
  • Water bottle
  • Tea towel
  • Wash kit – soap, flannel, toothbrush, toothpaste & comb / brush
  • Towel – hand towel for normal camps, bath towel if doing water activities
  • Torch – headtorch is the most useful, although you might also want to take a conventional torch as a backup, and that you can hang from the ceiling of the tent to act as a lamp
  • Trainers
  • Hike boots
  • Thick socks
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sleeping bag – click here for advice on what type to buy
  • Roll mat or self-inflating mattress
  • Camping chair
  • Carrier bags / bin bags – for laundry and rubbish