For all you first-time campers – or veterans who need a refresher – here’s a list of six items you need to make your outings the best and safest they can be. We call them the Cub Scout Six Essentials.
- A first-aid kit. This can be a lifesaver. Literally. Check out how you can build your own first-aid kit.
- Water. It can prevent you from facing dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
- A flashlight. You need this to find your way in the dark (and make sure it has fresh batteries).
- Trail food. You’ll be glad you have fuel to maintain your energy.
- Sun protection. This might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat. Applying your sun protection properly is also key.
- A whistle. Use it to call for help if you’re lost. Don’t use a whistle for fun!
For longer adventures in the outdoors, add these to your gear list:
- Extra clothing. Pack for the weather. Multiple layers are better than single, massive jacket. That way you can stay more adaptable to changing conditions.
- Rain gear. Being wet from rain mat result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
- A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for older Scouts).
- A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry if you get lost!