scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Camping 101
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU
Thu Mar 09 2000 - 09:28:48 CST
You'll get tons of information on this one so I'll just throw out one-two
items that we stress like gangbusters in our New Scout Program Syllabus on
GET A GOOD RAINSUIT!!!!!! It is well worth the money for the new scout to
purchase a good nylon (not plastic, not PVC) urethane coated rainsuit. A
"breatheable" suit is even better. Absolutely no ponchos. The rainsuit
will work as a shell (windbreak) layer for winter camping as well as for
This piece of equipment is really the ONLY piece of equipment that we
demand new scouts have that will cost a little money (30-40 bucks from
Campmor) but it is well worth the outlay when it means the difference in a
scout being warm and dry and happy. Getting wet and cold can ruin a boy's
first campout and spoil his desire to camp for some time. All of the other
equipment a new scout needs can be "homemade" including a polarfleece liner
for a cheap Walmart sleeping bag that will easily get him through
3-seasons....a Kwik Shop insulated coffeecup, an old margarine bowl or two
with some leftover silverware....a sports waterbottle, a pill container for
Don't skimp on the rainsuit!
Be sure to teach tent ettiquette....keeping boots and packs outside tents
(packs hung in the tree or propped up with a heavy yellow plastic trash bag
over them), absolutely no food in tents, etc.
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
Jim Peterson (of the Kansas variety)
ADC, Pelathe District
Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
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