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Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world. You'll learn to live with others in the out-of-doors. You'll learn to be a good citizen of the outdoors.

Camping is fun, and it's good for your mind, body, and spirit. It helps you learn to rely on yourself—on your own skills and knowledge. When you go camping as a Cub Scout, you get skills you will learn and use more, later, as a Boy Scout.

What to Bring
on a
Camping Trip


Many experienced campers keep a "camping box" ready to go. A camping box need not be expensive. Most of the following items such as cups, bowls, plates, and silverware can be purchased at your local thrift store. The box itself can be anything large enough to conveniently store a collection of food preparation items such as a plastic bin, suitcase, or even a dedicated cupboard in an RV. Remember that if you camp in bear country, you will want your camping box to fit inside a bear-proof storage container, along with your cooler, cosmetics, etc. Be safety conscious and space conscious!

Here are some suggestions, but feel free to outfit your camping box to fit your needs.

Preparation items

  • Washable plates, flatware, cups – or paper/plastic if need be
  • Roll of sturdy paper towels
  • Roll of sturdy tinfoil
  • Small and large skillet
  • Small and large cooking pot
  • Coffeepot
  • Potholders
  • Spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Several sharp knives
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Long-handled barbecue tools<
  • Waterproof matches, long matches
  • Long-handled lighter
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Baby wipes
  • Antiseptic hand cleaner
  • Plastic dishpan, biodegradable dish soap and sponge

Food Staples

  • Instant or perk coffee
  • Black and green teas
  • Packages of instant dry milk
  • Raw sugar in airtight container and/or stevia powder
  • (a no-calorie herbal sweetener) and/or organic honey or molasses (in an ant-proof container)
  • Packages of cocoa (no trans fats)
  • Packages of oatmeal
  • Bottle of olive oil
  • Bottle of flavored vinegar
  • Oil spray for pans
  • Dried herb and spice selection to taste – e.g., salt and pepper, garlic powder, crushed red chili peppers, dried parsley, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.

Camping Tips


These low-cost equipment/ideas/fixes for Scouting and camping in general [were] originally found on a F-Net Scouting board and [were] reposted on Fidonet on Nov 11/92 by Steve Simmons. The file evidently originated with BSA Troop 886 in the USA.

  1. Channel lock pliers make good pot holders.
  2. Nylon rope can be used as shoe laces.
  3. Use a large zip lock plastic bag, filled with air, as a pillow.
  4. A plastic bottle makes a good latrine for cold weather camping. (You don't have to 'go' very far from your sleeping bag). Keep it just outside the tent flap.
  5. Carry several pieces of lumber cut into two-inch squares to summer camp and use these to level platform, tent, and cot.
  6. Old shower curtains make great ground tarps.
  7. Waterproof matches by dipping them in nail polish.
  8. Waterproof matches by dipping in melted paraffin.
  9. Make fire starters by filling paper condiment cups with saw dust and pouring paraffin into the cup.
  10. A length of chain and a piece of coat hanger bent into an S-shape will allow you to hang your lantern from a tree limb.
  11. Keep batteries in prescription bottles.
  12. Prescription bottles also make good match safes.
  13. In fact, prescription bottles (or 35mm file containers) make good storage places for small items of all sorts.
  14. A frisbee will add support to paper plates when the plate is place inside
    the frisbee.
  15. Laundry lint makes good tinder.
  16. Keep the water in your canteen cooler by wrapping the canteen in foil.
  17. When it comes time to pack up at the end of a camp, a wet toothbrush, face cloth and bar of soap wrapped in foil won't dampen the other things in your kit.
  18. To prevent batteries from wearing down if a flashlight is accidently nudged on while you're traveling, put the flashlight batteries in backwards.
  19. To protect your feet from blisters, smear soap on the inside of your inner sock at the heel and underneath the toes. Carry along a bar of soap and, when you feel your feet become tender, give it a try.
  20. To keep mosquitoes away rub the inside of an orange peel on face, arms and legs.
  21. Wrap fishing gear in foil to keep line from tangling and hooks from rusting.
  22. By lining the compartments of a tackle box with foil, you can prevent rust damage to plugs and other equipment.
  23. To remove musty smell from canteen, put three teaspoons of baking soda into the canteen with a bit of water. Swish it around and let sit for an hour, then rinse out the canteen.
  24. An empty plastic soda bottle, cut off to a convenient height, will work as a camp bowl. You may want to sandpaper the cut to smooth the edge.
  25. Save inner cardboard tubes from kitchen and toilet rolls, stuff with waste paper and use as fire-lighters.
  26. Use zip-lock bags for mixing foods, be sure it is closed tight and the top is held shut before shaking or kneading.
  27. Duct tape can be used to repair most everything on a trip. Use it to patch tents, mend poles, hold up schedules, patch torn shoes, hold poles for mosquito nets to cots, etc.


Camping PHotos

Camping Information and Tips

Cal. Dept. of Parks and Rec

Love The Outdoors Camping Tips

About Camping

Let's Go Camping


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