scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: backpacking packing list
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Tue May 02 2000 - 01:38:39 CDT
Patty Phillips <phillips@TRVNET.NET> wrote:
>My son's troop is planning a backpacking trip in Colorado this summer.
>I have been asked to seek the wisdom of this list for a packing list? Has
>anyone developed a list you would be willing to share and any suggestions
>we should pass onto the boys and adults?
>We heard that one troop has set the maximum pack weight at 1/4 the body
>weight. Is this typical?
It would be easy to give you a list, but consider this idea first:
Using their Scout Handbooks, the Backpacking MB pamphlet, and the Field
Book, have the Scouts develop their own lists. They will need to learn
about each thing suggested in those books and evaluate whether it is
worth the wait to carry it. Have them compare their lists and discuss
their decisions as a group. Then, take their combined list to someone
with more experience for additional input. I would be happy to do it
electronically for them.
Hopefully, they will have some practice backpack trips in or around
Iowa for field testing their list as well. After the practice trips,
evaluate the list again. After the Colorado trip, do the same thing
again, for future reference.
And yes, the recommended pack weight is one quarter the body weight.
That's so you can give them some of the adult stuff if they keep running
away from you.
Alan R. Houser ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
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