What to Bring to Camp
- Backpack for daily use
- BSA Annual Health Form: Completed and signed by a physician, a parent/guardian, and a unit leader. Keep the original at home (for future use) and bring least 2 copies to camp. Complete the prescription medication section if taking any while at camp. Talk to pharmacy about containers for camp (1 for each prescription) – medication must be in original container from pharmacy (never in “homemade” containers), with physician’s typed directions for use.
- Canteen or water bottle
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Ground cloth
- Jeans or other long pants
- Mosquito netting: A must for all campers!
- Mosquito repellent (no aerosol cans) — A must!
- Neckerchief (If required by unit)
- Pajamas or other sleeping clothes
- Personal mess gear including fork, knife & spoon — if doing cooking merit badge, or if unit is doing patrol cooking
- Poncho or raincoat — A must!
- Scout Handbook, pencil, pen, and paper
- Scout uniform: Summer uniform of shorts and Scout short sleeve shirt (T-shirts are good for day time activities)
- Shoes: Extra pair for wet weather — A must!
- Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, & comb
- Socks — at least 5 pair; include some Scout socks for use with summer uniform
- Sleeping bag or several wool blankets
- Spending money
- Sweater and/or jacket
- Swimming trunks
- Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses — be prepared for hot weather!
- Towels (2) and washcloth
- T-shirts are good for daytime activities
- Underwear — at least 5 changes
- Fishing equipment
- Pocket knife (Sheath knives not allowed in camp)
An adult would also need items from the above list, with certain exceptions. The list of equipment below may be helpful in making your stay at camp more comfortable:
1. Your own tent (w/screens and windows): camp will furnish adults with a wall tent and cot, but another space is nice…
2. Propane or white gas stove: great for early morning and late evening coffee
3. Propane or white gas lantern to brighten your campsite at night
4. Lock box: to give added security for troop funds
5. If your unit is patrol cooking, we encourage you to bring any troop gear you wish—we can provide all needed gear, but many units prefer their own
As a troop, you may wish to bring special camping gear that makes your unit’s experience more meaningful. If you travel by bus, keep in mind that baggage space is limited.
What NOT To Bring (leave at home)
- Items prohibited by BSA policy (fireworks, firearms of any kind, etc.)
- Items prohibited by your unit’s leadership
- Electronic items (consult your troop policy for specifics)
- Items of significant monetary or sentimental value: If it got lost or broken, would you be upset? If so, leave it at home.
- If you are unsure whether something is appropriate to take to camp, leave it at home. Or, please ask your scoutmaster or a Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan Scout Reservation staff member first.