Cub Scouts 10 Outdoor Essentials

This list is written for Cub Scouts. A list for older Scouts or adults would be similar, but not written in the same manner.  Help your Scouts find small, lightweight versions of these items.  They can carry them in a simple backpack and should take it along each time they explore the outdoors. 

1. First Aid Kit
Take a small personal first aid kit. Here are some things you should put in it: Band-Aids of different sizes, soap, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, alcohol wipes, gauze bandage, scissors, safety pins.

2. Filled Water Bottle
Fill you water bottle before you start on your adventure. An empty bottle won’t help when you get thirsty. Take enough water. You might not be able to refill it. A two quart bottle (or two one quart bottles) works for most outings.

3. Flashlight
Be prepared for the unexpected. Bring a small flashlight even if you don’t plan to be out at night. If plans change and you have to find your way back in the dusk or night you will be glad you have it. And don’t forget the extra batteries.

4. Trail Food
You’ll probably get hungry while out on your adventure. Bring some trail food. The best food is not bulky but high in energy. Nuts, dried fruits, and granola are all good choices.

5.  Sun & Insect Protection
Protect yourself from the sun, mosquitos and ticks. You can still get sunburned even if it is not hot and sunny. Put on sunscreen and wear a hat. Bring your sunscreen and insect repellent with you so you can reapply it when needed.

6. Whistle
If you get lost or in trouble, STOP!  Stay where you are and blow three blasts on your whistle. This is a universal help signal and when someone hears it, they will come to you to help.

7. Rain Gear
You never know when the weather might turn bad. You will be more comfortable if you stay dry and warm. And in a pinch, a rain poncho can be used to make an emergency shelter.

8. Map and Compass
Know where you are and where you are going. If the trail becomes unclear, a map and compass will help you determine the right path. But if you are really lost, stay put.

9. Pocketknife (Bears & Webelos only)
A pocketknife can help you make kindling for a fire or other small tasks. Remember, a knife is a tool, not a toy. Don’t forget to bring your Whittlin’ Chip card also.

10. Matches or Fire Starters  (Bears & Webelos only)
In an emergency situation, you might need to build a small fire to keep you warm or as a signal. Don’t get these out unless you really need them though.

Other items:
What other gear should you take on your hike? What will the weather be like while you’re outdoors? What could you do to make your pack lighter? Remember, you’ll have to carry it all yourself and bring it all back!

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners
Be careful with fire
Be considerate in the outdoors
Be conservation-minded

Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines

Plan Ahead
Know the local rules and regulations.
Remember to bring food, water, and appropriate clothing.
Bring a map so you don’t get lost.
Bring a bag to pack out your trash.
Don’t forget a leash for your pet.
Take the time to learn about the area.

Stick to Trails
Stay on the trails as they are marked if you can.
Try not to disturb wildflowers and other plants. That way everyone can enjoy them!
Don’t trespass on private property.

Manage Your Pet
Keep your pet on a leash at all times.
Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s waste.
Do not let your pet chase wildlife.

Leave What You Find
Don’t pick wildflowers.
Leave rocks and other objects where they are so others can see them also.
Do not mark or carve into living plants.

Respect Other Visitors
Be courteous to others on trails when biking or running.
Make room for others on trails and be cautious when passing.
Don’t disturb others by making lots of noise or playing loud music.
Respect “No Trespassing” and “Do Not Enter” signs.

Trash Your Trash
Remove any trash you bring with you. Make sure it is put in a receptical or take it with you.
Even natural materials, like bits of fruit, should not be thrown on the ground. They attract pests and detract from the natural beauty of an area.