Packing checklist for Scouts
on a summer CANOE trip

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Personal gear (in addition to patrol gear):
MUST have: SHOULD have: MIGHT want:
__ sleeping bag
__ Boy Scout shirt
__ Troop 72 red "Action" shirt
__ rain coat
__ sweatshirt or light jacket
__ sandals or water shoes
__ swimsuit, towel
__ non-cotton shorts
__ extra socks
__ extra underwear
__ plate, bowl, cup
__ knife, fork, spoon
__ insect repellent
__ sun screen
__ water bottle
__ toothbrush, toothpaste
__ first aid kit
__ flashlight/headlamp
__ backpack or duffel bag
__ pack cover (garbarge bag OK)
__ toilet paper
__ matches/lighter/fire-starters
__ garbage bags/ziploc bags
__ hat
__ Scout Handbook (in ziploc)
__ sleeping pad
__ leather gloves
__ non-cotton long pants (bugs)
__ sunglasses
__ compass
__ jackknife
__ rope
__ hand sanitizer
__ long underwear (if cold forecast)
__ wool/polypro shirt/jacket (if cold forecast)
__ pillow
__ camp stool
__ watch
__ camera
__ book
__ magazine
__ deck of cards
__ woodcarving
__ harmonica
__ frisbee
__ football
__ hacky sack
__ juggling stuff

__ money in case we find a DQ
__ fishing gear
__ personal life vest
__ personal paddle
__ canoe cushion

NOTE: On a canoe trip, you must assume that EVERYTHING WILL GET WET! Even if it doesn't rain, your pack is sitting on the bottom of the canoe getting inundated with water dripping off your paddle every time you switch sides. There always seems to be water pooling in the bottom of the canoe! And of course if the canoe tips, then everything will be soaking. Therefore, when packing for a canoe trip, anything that you want to keep dry should be in waterproof bags inside your pack.

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