Essentials for the Outdoors

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The Essentials for the Outdoors includes Boy Scout and Cub Scout Hiking Checklists and Camping Checklists.

Checklists are available!
Camping Essentials Kit Adobe Acrobat PDF - Everything fits in a one-gallon ziplock bag.
Personal Equipment Checklist - Adobe Acrobat PDF - covers day hikes to campout. (Editable version)
Personal First-Aid Kit Adobe Acrobat PDF - from p. 289 of the Boy Scout Handbook.


Cub Scout Six Essentials for Going Outdoors

(Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild, Wolf Elective 23b)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Trail food Trail mix or a granola bar provides quick energy when you need it.
  5. Sun Protection Sunscreen should be SPF 30 or greater. A hat is good to have, too!
  6. 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!

Scout basic essentials

ten essentials
Scout basic essentials
From the Scouts BSA Handbook, "Hiking" chapter, pp. 238-239:

The Basic Scout Essentials can make every outdoor adventure better. In an emergency they can help you get out of a jam.

  1. Pocketknife
  2. Rain gear
  3. Trail food
  4. Flashlight
  5. Extra clothing
  6. First-aid kit
  7. Sun protection
  8. Map and compass
  9. Matches and fire starters
  10. Water bottle
Depending on your destination, the length of your trip, and the season, other essential items may include insect repellent, a whistle, and other items such as water treatment tablets. Remember the Scout motto, and be prepared.
Scouts BSA Handbook, "Hiking" chapter, p. 239

See also

First Aid Links
Camping Checklist
First-Aid Kit
Emergency Kit

External links

Personal tools