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Outdoor Essentials

For some it's a hiking stick that has set the pace for dozens of backpacking trips. For others it might be a special camp mug for that perfect cup of cocoa. Everyone has an idea of what they can't do without when they take off on an outdoor adventure. The BSA has a list too, the Ten Scout Basic Essentials. Carry them every time you hit the trail and you'll have what you need for making the most of your time in the outdoors.

The first five Scout Outdoor Essentials are a:

  1. pocketknife
  2. personal first aid kit
  3. extra clothing
  4. rain gear
  5. water bottle

Deluxe Pocket Scout Knife

The classic all-purpose camping tool includes a can opener, awl, and screwdriver along with one or two sharp blades.

First-Aid Kit
Scout Camper First Aid Kit

A personal first aid kit has supplies you can use to treat blisters and other minor wounds, and to be ready to help if more serious situations arise. Of course your kit is only as useful as the knowledge in your head. Passing the first aid rank and merit badge requirements builds a good foundation for being prepared to act effectively in emergencies.

Extra Clothing

A few layers of clothing in your pack allow you to adjust what you're wearing to meet changes in the weather, both hot and cold.

Rain Gear
Adult Foul Weather Jacket

Carry what you need for the worst conditions you expect. A rain jacket and rain pants are good for almost any season. Add gaiters to keep rain, mud, and snow out of your boots. A poncho can shield you from mild rain, though it tends to blow around in the wind.

Water Bottle
1-Liter Collapsible Water Bottle

Drinking plenty of fluid helps your body fight off heat exhaustion and heat stroke when the sun is beating down, and hypothermia during days that are chilly or cold. Carry the water you need in one or more plastic bottles that fit neatly into outside pockets of your pack. If you take draw water from lakes, streams, or other untested sources, purify it before drinking by adding tablets, by using a filter, or by boiling.

Go, Enjoy, And Leave No Trace!

Follow the principles of Leave No Trace and you can be sure you're also conducting every Scout adventure in ways that respect the environment, protect wildlife, and do no harm to the land.

The Boy Scout Handbook, Fieldbook, and other BSA literature offer detailed discussions of Leave No Trace principles. Here's a quick review:


Plan Ahead and Prepare:
Research your destination. Know the regulations and be ready when you get there.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces:

Stay on trails and use existing campsites whenever you can.

Dispose of Waste Properly:
There are safe ways to get rid of dishwater and human waste. Use them.

Leave What You Find:
Future visitors will want to enjoy the same environment you do. Help them out.

Minimize Campfire Impacts:
Follow local guidelines on when and how to use open fires. Camp stoves are always a good option.

Respect Wildlife:
Give animals the space and quiet they need to stay safe.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors:
A Scout is Courteous and Kind. Be aware of others on the trail and in campgrounds, and show them that Scouts know how to behave.






Personal First Aid Kits

Your personal first aid kit should include:

6 Adhesive bandages
2 Sterile gauze pads 4" by 4"
1 Roll adhesive tape
1 Sheet of Moleskin 3" by 6"
1 Bar of soap or 1 Bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel
1 Tube of Antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin)
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Pair of Tweezers
1 Pair of disposable medical gloves
1 Mouth-barrier device for rescue breathing
1 Pencil and small notepad