Essentials for the Outdoors
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Camping Essentials Kit - Everything fits in a one-gallon ziplock bag.
Personal Equipment Checklist - - covers day hikes to campout. (Editable version)
Personal First Aid Kit - from p. 289 of the Boy Scout Handbook.
Cub Scout Six Essentials for Going Outdoors
(Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild, Wolf Elective 23b)
- First Aid Kit A kit should include a few adhesive bandages, some moleskin (a sticky bandage that you can put over a blister to keep it from getting worse or rubbing), and a bandage or two.
- Filled water bottle Make sure it is big enough to carry water for you to drink through your whole hike and back. And make sure it is full when you start out! It is not safe to drink water you find along the trail.
- Flashlight Check your batteries to make sure they have plenty of juice. Your flashlight will be used only in an emergency, so save the batteries for times when you really need them!
- Trail food Trail mix or a granola bar provides quick energy when you need it.
- Sun Protection Sunscreen should be SPF 30 or greater. A hat is good to have, too!
- Whistle It's only for emergencies, but a whistle will last longer than your voice.
You might want to pack an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet or it rains. A rain poncho, waterproof jacket, or even a large plastic garbage bag with holes cut out for your head and arms will keep you dry if it rains. What other gear should you take on your hike? Remember, you’ll have to carry it all yourself and bring it all back!
The Ten Essentials
- From the Boy Scout Handbook.
- Pocketknife *
- First aid kit
- Extra clothing *
- Rain gear *
- Water bottle
- Trail food
- Matches and fire starters *
- Sun protection
- Map and compass
- Camping Essentials Kit - Everything fits in a one-gallon ziplock bag.
- Personal Equipment Checklist - Items you will need for everything from a day hike to week long camp.
- First Aid Links
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See First Aid Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet - First Aid Kit - Emergency Kit - Guide to Safe Scouting - Physcial
- Camping Checklist
- Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge