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Camping, hiking and canoeing equipment list

Gift suggestions for Scouts of all Ages.

Ever wonder what to give a member of Scouting for Christmas, Birthday, or what equipment they will need as they progress through Scouting's many sections? Look no further! Some items may not be age appropriate this year, or even next, but the list is what a Scout would like to have on a camping, canoeing or hiking adventure. These are suggestions, it is not a checklist of required equipment!
Check with your Section Leader for more creative ideas, and on specific equipment for section activities.
For ready reference, I have included the page number and price from the 2008 - 2009 Scouts Canada Catalogue, the Fall & Winter 2008 Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) Catalogue, or approximate price ( ~$ ) from another supplier.

Item Store Page Number Price
Mess Kits
Mess Kit complete Scout Shop 35 55-952 17.99
Mesh Bag Scout Shop 35 55-938 $4.99
Overnight Camping
Beaver/Cub Sleeping Bag
75"×33" -0°C
Scout Shop 32

Cub/Scout Sleeping Bag
78"×33" -0°C
Scout Shop 32 Ptarmigan 200: $80
These are Summer bags in Northwestern Ontario. Don't bother with Chain-Store Sleeping Bags rated at +18°C, they are often too bulky and/or heavy to carry, and not warm enough for outdoors.
Older Scout/Leader's Bag
Scout Shop 32 Ptarmigan 300 $100
Older Scout/Leader's Bag
82"×34" Thinsulite -7°C
Canadian Tire ( Sale Item) ~$75-100
Place one bag inside another to gain -20°C or better for winter camping
Foil sided Ground Sheet Canadian Tire
Blue Foam Sleeping Pad MEC
50x140cm $14
Evazote Foam Sleeping Pad MEC
Winter 50x140cm $16 - $25
Therm-A-Rest MEC
5009-939 $65
Hiking / Backpacking
Beaver Day Pack Scout Shop 17 51-187 14.95
Cub/Scout External Frame Pack Canadian Tire ~$50
Waist Pack Scout Shop 17 51-220 22.95
A small External Frame pack is ideal for Cubs and young Scouts. Replace it when they outgrow it. Older Scouts use a 60-70 Litre Pack, Venturers and Leaders like larger 70 - 110 Litre Packs.
Small Scout's 45L
Internal Frame Pack
Camping Store
Larger Scout's 63L
Internal Frame Pack
Scout Shop 38 51184 69.99
Internal Frame Pack
Camping Store ( Sale Item) ~$150+
Cooking Equipment
One Burner Stove Scout Shop 33 56-310 $80

MEC High Camp Cookset MEC 78 4005-290 35.00
Spice Bag (Food Repair Kit) Scout Shop or Grocery store ~$8+
Misc. ( & Stocking Stuffers)
Canoe Paddle Scout Shop or Canadian Tire ~$25+
PFD to fit Canadian Tire (Sale Item) ~$25+
Whistle for PFD (Fox 40) Scout Shop 34 46463 $4.99
Waterproof Plastic Matchbox Scout Shop 37 8746 $1.49
Water Bottle Scout Shop 18 51-225 2.95
Scout Compass Scout Shop 8 54190 14.99
Venturer/Leader Compass Scout Shop 8 54192 34.99
Campfire Blanket Scout Shop 30 51-125 19.95
Campfire Poncho (60" x 80") Scout Shop 30 51-130 39.95
Campfire Poncho (50" x 60") Scout Shop 30 51-131 29.95
Trail Saw Canadian Tire ~25
Hand/Head Lamp Scout Shop
53-915 24.95
Lockblade Knife Scout Shop 20 16817 $40
1st Aid Kit Scout Shop 36 53101 $12
2 man Tent or
3 man backpacking Tent
Various 60 Sq ft minimum per person
(most troops will supply)

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January 24, 2009
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