Cub Scout family camping is also referred to as "car camping." With a large enough vehicle, you're fortunate enough to be able to take just about everything AND the kitchen sink with you. But for the amount of time you'll be there, it's really not necessary. Though, a few creature comforts are definitely worth it!
For our campout at Hills and Hollows, however, you won't necessarily need a ton of supplies.
To begin, you need something to sleep IN, something to sleep ON, something to wear, personal toiletries and light. (Oh... and toilet paper! Don't forget the toilet paper!)
Below is a somewhat detailed packing list with a few notes to give anyone who needs that itemized list a few extra ideas.
Are you a little “camping-shy”? Don’t let it hold you back!! Do it for your son – he’ll love you for it!!
Camping is the highlight of a Cub Scout year!! Campouts are always fun occasions and the kids and adults have a blast. We do camping with cars not far from the tents. We have great camp food, and a fun experience for the whole family!!
Sign up HERE for the camp-out. MARCH 26 is the DEADLINE TO RSVP AND PAY
Need gear? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Just send us a message and she’ll help you out!
- Practice setting up your tent before you get on the camping trip. Make sure it is complete and you know how to put it up. Of course we will help you but you don’t want to get out there to realize you don’t have stakes or poles!
- Plan on it getting colder than you think – you can always take off a layer or remove a blanket. Put a sheet inside your sleeping bag it keeps it clean inside and will give you a layer of warmth or a layer of cool.
- Bring rain gear – you never know what the weather will be
- Change clothes to sleep in. (will keep you from getting cold due to moisture in the fabric from the day and you never know what you have on your clothes that you are bringing into your tent…poison ivy)
- Always have a tarp under your tent. Make sure none of it sticks-out from the bottom of the tent or it will collect rain and make the inside of your tent wet.
- Allow your son to do as much of the work while camping as possible (help putting up the tent, carrying stuff, etc). HE CAN DO IT!! And will be proud that he did it.
- Store food, candy, toothpaste in your car or animal proof container but NOT your tent. They can smell it!
- Maintain the buddy system & Youth Protection Training (YPT) at all times
- Never sleep in a tent with a child who is not your own. – BSA rule
- No alcohol anywhere, anyhow, anytime. – BSA rule
- No smoking in sight of Cub Scouts. – BSA rule
- Never leave candy/chips or candy/chip wrappers or food of any kind in your tent or in your clothes in your tent. Animals can smell it. This includes toothpaste, open Gatorade and other soda cans, etc. If in doubt leave it in your car.
- Cub Scouts should not have/use knives in Tiger & Wolf ranks. Bears and higher ranks may bring pocket knives if they have completed the “Whittling Chip” pocket knife achievement and have their Whittlin’ Chip card or badge. No knives with a blade longer than the width of a child’s palm. – BSA rule.
- Avoid 100% cotton clothing…think wool or synthetics. Cotton stays damp and makes you feel cold.
- Leave behind Nintendo DSs, iPods, or other electronics/game systems. This is the boys’ opportunity to get away from all that. Besides, they could get damaged or lost.
- No precious toys/ jewelry – could get damaged or lost.
- Air-out your tent, tarp, and sleeping bags as soon as you return home to allow condensation to dry-out (otherwise you get a musty smell that is hard to get rid of).
- Store your sleeping bag loose when you get home, not in its stuff-sack, or it will lose loft (loft gives it warmth).
Are you ready for some….FUN?!?!?! We will deliver. Our focus is on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities for the scouts and their siblings. We’ll picnic, camp, hike and more!
INDIVIDUAL CAMPOUT CHECKLIST FOR PACK OVERNIGHTER
Your Cub Scout uniform is required for the overnighter. Sturdy shoes, suitable for hiking will be useful. If your Scout has earned his Whittling Chip, he may bring his pocket knife. The following is a list of suggested equipment that may be useful on the campout.
BE SURE EACH CAMPER HAS A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE AND A MESS KIT OR SOMETHING TO EAT ON AND WITH (no paper plates, disposable cups, etc.)
I like to keep a small tackle box prepped with various items that someone always seems to need including:
The best motto here is BE PREPARED. I always keep an extra change of clothing in a bag in the car WITH socks and shoes that we hope to just put away at home when we return. However, if there is a surprise downpour, a slip and fall in the mud or a spill, we are prepared. Happy kids = happy parents = great campout! Your weather forecast IS YOUR FRIEND. Be sure to check it the day before you pack and then check the morning before you leave.
OPTIONAL CAMPING SUPPLIES
There are some fun websites out there with camping hacks that are super cool. Check those out HERE, HERE and HERE
Again, the Spring Registration Form can be found HERE. This is required for anyone attending.
Registration fees are $10 per youth, $15 per adult. Payments can be made via cash, check payable to Pack 1910 or PayPal. Deadline for registering and payment is SUNDAY, MARCH 26.
There is a place on the form where you indicate if you are camping Friday night, Saturday night or if you're just attending for the Pack activities on Saturday. Please mark this. Once we have an idea of attendees, we will make and publish the menu. Friday night dinner will be on your own.
Again, please note that camping out Friday night is completely optional but many families enjoy the extra night in the spring air. Many, however, do come in Saturday morning after breakfast. Whatever works for your family is great -- JUST LET US KNOW so that we can adjust for the food! Just get them there!! Because, let's face it -- camping is a HUGE reason why boys WANT to be in Scouts!
When the BSA realigned the program for Cub Scouts, they made being outdoors an integral part of advancement. Thus, camping is a required component for earning your Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light. Want to know what is required for those ranks? Click the Camping for Cub Scouts image to see.
All Pack 1910 camp outs are family friendly events so the whole family is welcome! Mark your calendars NOW to attend!
Completed BSA Health Forms Part A & B are required for all parties attending. If you haven't turned yours in yet, please turn those in with your registration.