Creating a scout camping checklist ensures everyone in the troop shows up with the tools they need to make the trip a success. One major factor in what you need to bring is the type of camping accommodations you choose for your scouts. Tent camping requires more equipment than sleeping in a cabin, for example. Choose your accommodations before you finalize the packing checklist so you can include everything you will need.
What Scouts Should Bring
Creating a scout camping checklist ensures everyone in the troop shows up with the tools they need to make the trip a success.
Another factor is the weather and timing of the trip, as well as the climate of your selected KOA location. Summer trips generally call for cooler clothes, swimming gear, and other warm-weather essentials. If you plan a fall or winter camping trip, you will need appropriate clothing, and other gear to keep you sufficiently warm. The climate of the KOA location may alter those plans somewhat. If you camp at a southern KOA, you may enjoy warm weather even late into fall or early winter, so you will not need as many cold-weather essentials.
Help your scouts prepare for the trip with a packing list including the following.
Camping Checklist Item No. 1: Tent
If you choose tent camping for your scouts, you need to bring enough tents to accommodate all of your campers. If you do not have enough tents to accommodate all of the campers, ask parents for volunteers to bring their tents.
Camping Checklist Item No. 2: Clothing
Ensure your scouts pack clothes appropriate for the weather and the activities you have planned. If you are hiking, scouts may want long-sleeved clothes and pants even in the summer. If the plans involve swimming, kids need appropriate swimwear. Comfortable, supportive shoes are a big part of the outfit, especially if you are hiking or doing other rigorous activities. Pack extras to cover cooler evenings and any outfit changes that may be necessary if scouts get their clothes soiled during activities.
Camping Checklist Item No. 3: Outerwear
If your scouting trip falls during cooler weather, pack outwear to match the season. Even summer trips in some locations may call for a sweatshirt or light jacket at night. Rain gear is also a good idea if you think there may be a chance of rain.
Camping Checklist Item No. 4: Protection from Insects and the Elements
Pack sunscreen, sun hats, insect repellent, and other protective items necessary to prevent injuries or irritations.
Camping Checklist Item No. 5: First Aid Kit
Bring along first aid kits to help in case of an accident or injury. You may need to include an epi-pen or other medications for kids, depending on the health needs of your troop. Extra first aid supplies can become part of an activity on how to handle emergencies and injuries in the wilderness.
Camping Checklist Item No. 6: Bedding
Scouts need to pack sleeping bags or other bedding options. If you are staying in a KOA Cabin, check with the specific location to determine if any bedding is provided.
Camping Checklist Item No. 7: Toiletries
Have the kids pack their personal toiletries to fit their needs. Clean bathrooms are available at all KOA locations, so the scouts will have facilities to use those toiletries to get ready in the morning and before bed at night.
Camping Checklist Item No. 8: Cooking Items
Designate certain people to bring cooking gear, utensils and food for the trip. The specific needs depend on your accommodation type. Tent camping requires you to bring any cooking supplies you might need, while staying in a Deluxe Cabin means you may have access to basic cooking tools in the kitchenette; when you make your reservation be sure to ask what amenities are available. Have each child bring a refillable water bottle for easy access to water at all times.
Camping Checklist Item No. 9: Tools
You may need tools for setting up tents or completing activities to earn merit badges. Have kids bring flashlights and a pocketknife or other tools if you feel it is appropriate. You may also need a rubber mallet to pound in tent stakes. Maps and compasses are also useful tools for various scouting activities.
Camping Checklist Item No. 10: Fire Starting Supplies
Pack matches and any needed fire starters to ensure you can create a campfire in the evenings.