Troop 157, 2010. ©

General Camping TIps
  • Check your gear before you pack it.
  • If you have a brand new tent, set it up before you bring it camping.
  • Always dry out your gear before you put it away.
  • Store you gear in the same place so you can find it again.
  • Put your tent stakes bag in your tent pole bag so they stay together
  • Drink water all day. Take a big drink of water before you go to bed and when you wake up.
  • Layering with different type clothes will keep you warm.
  • In the fall & winter, keep a pair of gloves and stocking cap in your camping gear.
  • Wearing a stocking cap when you go to bed will keep you warm, 90% of your heat escapes through your head.
  • Always go to bed wearing clean clothes. Even though your clothes you wore all day appears clean, they will be damp with perspiration and make you cold at night.
  • We burn a lot of calories when we camp, a good menu is important.
  • Use your scout book as a help or reminder on what you should bring.
  • Washing your dishes according to the scout book will save you lots of misery later.
  • Be responsible for your gear and the troop gear—it will last longer.
  • Put your name in everything!
  • No electronics allowed… your scout leader has a cell phone if something comes up.
  • Pack minimally--don't need 3 pants for a weekend, a clean pair of socks for   everyday is a must.
  • Bring a towel, shower shoes, and small personal hygiene kit (toothbrush, paste, soap, etc.).
  • Always carry a small piece of rope with you—about 6 feet.
  • Wrap a piece of duct tape around your water bottle.
  • Never have open food in your tent.
  • Always use a ground cloth under your tent, it will protect your investment.
  • Have a good attitude and spirit!
  • Always use a mattress pad between your sleeping gear and the ground.
  • Deposit your trash in the right location the FIRST time
  • Don't soil your campsite with trash, dirty soapy water, bad habits…keep it  clean for others.
  • Don't bring stuff you can't afford to lose or break.
  • Always carry a pack of cards for those rainy days.
  • If sharing a tent, consider ear plugs.
  • Bring small first aid kit.
  • Maybe bring an energy bar. 
  • Respect those camping around us.
  • Lights out means "lights out".
  • If you can't whisper when lights go out, then don't talk.
  • Leave the family tent at home.
Would you like MORE great camping tips?  Read Mr. Wills' Summer Camp Survival Guide ! The guide is filled with great practical advice and suggestions for making the ultimate summer camp experience.