Sunday, January 22, 2017

Scout Outdoor Essentials


They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Keep you knife sharp and clean, and don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).

2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally. A few items will allow you to treat scratches, blisters and other minor injuries. They should also allow you to provide initial care while waiting for help for more serious injuries.

3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.

4. Rain gear is very important. Rain can come in a hurry, and getting your clothes drenched is more than just uncomfortable, it can lead to hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.

5. A flashlight, headlamp or a rugged penlight is important for finding your way in the dark. Bring extra batteries, too.

6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy. Bring more than you think you’ll need in case you get stuck (or lost) in the woods.

7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Use a lightweight, unbreakable container with a secure lid.

8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help. Store matches or lighters in resealable plastic bags.

9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.

10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.


Here are some hygiene items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines


Here are some cooking and eating items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:
  • Large plastic cereal bowl or kitchen storage bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel
  • Large pot and lid (2.5- or 3-quart size)
  • Small pot and lid (1.5- or 2-quart size)
  • Lightweight frying pan (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • For melting snow, add 1 large pot and lid (6 to 10 quarts)
  • Hot-pot tongs


Here are some extras you may want to pack, depending on the outing:
  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Golden Eagle Klondike

WHAT: District 13, Golden Eagle District 2017 Klondike Derby

WHEN: You choose which weekend you would like to go:
            January 20-21 Overflow weekend shared with D11
            January 27-28 Main Klondike with 520 spots available
            Friday check-in at 3:00pm event ends Saturday at 2:00pm

WHERE: Heber Valley Camp, Heber, UT

HOW MUCH: $10/person before January 15th, $15/person after January 15th

DETAILS: Each participant should bring a can of beef stew or chili to the event.  This will feed the boys on Saturday lunch, and provide a significant donation to the Utah Food Bank



Winter Camping Equipment List

Winter Camping Equipment List

Note on Uniforms: When participating in the Klondike Derby or other winter camping events, Scouts must wear their class A uniform when departing on the trip and during the competition.  Event organizers have been known to check on this.  

Note on Clothing:  Scouts should dress in layers to keep warm; this includes socks.  Layers of clothing next to the skin must be changed at least daily (socks twice daily) because sweat makes them wet, and boys with wet clothing can quickly get chilled.  Cotton is not appropriate for underclothing, socks, and shirts because when wet it provides no insulation at all.  All clothing (and all personal gear) should be labeled with boy’s name.    

As always, Scouts should pack their own gear (with parental supervision) so they know what they have and where everything is.  Here is a checklist for a winter weekend camping trip.  

  • Class A Uniform (including at least shirt, neckerchief & slide; hat and pants are optional)
  • Hat that covers ears (e.g. balaclava) or hat with earmuffs
  • Insulated gloves (2 pairs in case one gets wet or lost), waterproof or water resistant
  • Heavy jacket or parka, waterproof or water resistant
  • Socks, 4 pairs, non-cotton; wool or smart wool worn over sock liners
  • Sock liners, 2 pair (silk and/or polypropylene) (wear under wool outer socks)
  • Thermal Underwear, 2 pairs, non-cotton
  • Waterproof boots or rubber overshoes (required)
  • Long sleeve turtle neck shirts, non-cotton
  • Heavy sweater or sweatshirt
  • Pants, 2 pairs, non-cotton (ski clothing works great here)
  • Sleepwear (jogging suit or similar, stocking cap)
  • Poncho or other raingear
  • Personal wash kit (washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb)
  • Water bottle or canteen
  • Mess kit and silverware
  • Daypack to carry stuff in during the competition
  • Sleeping bag (rated 5 degrees or less), or 2 sleeping bags can be used one inside the other.
  • Sleeping bag liner or a wool or fleece blanket can be used inside the sleeping bag
  • Ground pad or other closed cell insulator (required)
  • Boy Scout Handbook for those on the Trail to First Class
  • Flashlight with working batteries, extra batteries, spare bulbs

Optional Gear

  • Watch
  • Compass and whistle
  • Matches (preferably in waterproof container) IF boy has Fireman’s Chit
  • Pillowcase-optional (can be stuffed with clothing to make pillow)
  • Personal first aid kid
  • Chap stick and/or lotion
  • Sun screen

Monday, January 16, 2017

Merit Badge Blast 2017

Registration for our annual Merit Badge Blast is now open.  The event runs for two Saturdays - February 4th and February 18th from 8am to 3:30pm.

Please let me know if your scout can attend, which classes they would prefer, if they can both Saturdays (or only 1), and I will sign them up for classes.  You are also welcome to register your scout, if you wish, just let me know so I don't double sign them up.

The event is free, unless your scout wishes to attend the Electronics MB class, which has a $10 fee for the kit.