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    LD92599 is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default ISO Gift ideas for Boy Scout newly into camping

    DS2 is really enjoying the camping aspect of BSA (you won't catch me in a tent in the middle of the woods) as he's part of a small but mighty troop!

    He already has a pretty decent LL Bean sleeping bag plus a roll up sleeping pad. I'd like to find a sleeping pad that he can easily fold though vs rolling and trying to squish back into a too-small bag

    Any suggestions from seasoned BSA parents? He has a tent as well (6 person from Costco, so figure him + 1 or 2 other scouts). Though open to suggestions for a smaller, lightweight tent that might sleep 2?

    What are your scout MUST HAVE's?

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    SnuggleBuggles is offline Black Diamond level (25,000+ posts)
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    Do you have a Scout store near you? We found so much great stuff for ds2 at ours! Without looking in his room, I can think of:
    Work gloves
    Sturdy boots
    Mess kit
    Osprey backpack



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    Omom on here is a troop leader so hopefully she will chime in. If your ds is part of a well-established troup, there are some things he might not need. Also, different troops do things differently. I often hear of troops at summer camp that opt out of dining hall meals and cook all their own meals. I can't imagine that for our troop but I always hear of a few other who do that. Also, do they have a group each year that regularly go on specific outings? Our local boys troop AND girls troop each send a group up to the Boundary Waters every year. Those trips require specific supplies. And depending on the gear the troop has, you may opt to buy your own of some piece of equipment. For example, the sleeping bags we use for summer camp are different from the ones they carry for the Boundary Waters trips. And we like to use the troops' military bags for winter camp.

    If you haven't already bought him a uniform shirt you could start with that. If the troop is strict about the uniform pants (not all are), that could be your next purchase. Work gloves for clearing brush and picking up wood will also come in handy. Eventually he'll probably want a jack knife so he can use it when he gets his Totenchip. Talk to your troop leaders for some ideas. Frankly, I rarely buy gear from the Scout store. A small but quality camping pillow is a good idea too.

    ETA: eventually he will have to hike with all his sleeping and cooking gear in a hiking backpack. So start buying things now with LIGHTWEIGHT and compact in mind. Once you get a little more experience under yours and his belts, you will have a better idea of what he will need. Some of that gear can be really expensive. But Ive found that the most dependable gear and the best engineered gear is more expensive. Iow, it's worth saving and buying the good stuff.

    BTW, you might be surprised how comfortable a tent can be. I know all the tricks to sleeping well in a tent now after doing this for 3 years and am happy to pass them on. My dd calls me a "super glamper."
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    gatorsmom is offline Pink Diamond level (15,000+ posts)
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    some great all- season gear ideas

    https://www.rei.com/product/141846/n...color=SKYBURST DH and my kids use this for all outdoor sleeping- in a tent, in a cabin on a cot, super lightweight for hiking, DH used it to sit on in his canoe, and it floats! AND it can't get a hole in it like inflatable sleeping pads. very important

    Some kids and adults love crocs or other shoes to switch into after a day of hiking. They make good shower shoes too.

    You could get him fitted for some very comfortable hiking boots. He should weather proof them and start hiking in them as soon as he can.

    I personally LOVE thermacells for sitting outside in the buggy Wisconsin summer. https://www.amazon.com/Thermacell-MR...64&sr=8-3&th=1

    You could start looking for hiking socks. Wool is a good fabric to choose. Stay away from cotton. The more padded the warmer but also more comfortable for hiking.

    Quick-dry, zip off pants are great for scout camp in the summer. Both my dd and her brothers love these: https://www.amazon.com/Columbia-Silv...s%2C182&sr=8-5

    ETA- sorry I just saw that you said he already has a sleeping pad.

    And if he doesn't have some nalgene bottles, they are the best: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XY3MVRR...x=nalgene&th=1

    Just thought of another thing he will need for scout camp next summer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08WC...5-584a16f67a73
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    I don't think quick dry towels have been mentioned yet.
    https://www.rei.com/c/camp-towels/f/f-quick-drying
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    camp chair (this one rolls up and is easy to pack to a backpack and remarkably comfortable)- https://www.amazon.com/HEX-2-0-Origi...e4cdc8f10&th=1

    or

    Solar camp light:
    https://www.amazon.com/MPOWERD-Luci-...87&sr=8-5&th=1

    camp stool: https://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountain...14&sr=8-6&th=1

    Tick spoon:
    https://www.amazon.com/Original-Tick...s%2C272&sr=8-3

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