Outing and Travel Basics

Scouts must be prepared for the outings they go on and may need some parental help to ensure that happens.

Scouts must wear their Class-A uniforms when traveling.
The uniform is a symbol of pride, a symbol of unity, it’s your “team” uniform.  It lets people know you take Scouting seriously. Wearing it shows your commitment to something bigger than you and your commitment to the Troop. It identifies you as a participant in Scouting. You are showing the Scouting spirit and character when you wear it. You set the example for others (lead by example). It is a symbol of all the characteristics of the Scout Law.

The Class-A uniform is the brown shirt, neckerchief and slide.  It should be worn with scout pants or coordinated pants that look sharp.  The Class-A uniform is worn when traveling, for ceremonies, meetings and formal events.
The Class-B uniform is the green shirt that is worn with coordinated pants that look sharp.  The Class-B uniform is worn for service projects and activities where the Clas-A uniform is not practical.

Scout should have the basic essentials (10 essentials) for most outings.

The basic Scout essentials can make every outdoor adventure better. In an emergency they can help you get out of a jam.

  1. Water bottle
  2. First-aid kit
  3. Flashlight
  4. Pocketknife
  5. Sun protection
  6. Rain gear
  7. Extra clothing
  8. Map and compass
  9. Matches and fire starters
  10. Trail food

Customize your gear based on the destination, the length of your trip, and the season.  Remember that weather forecasts are a prediction and may not be what happens where you go.
The essentials should be readily available with all of them being gathered in less than 30 seconds.  Keep them in a small bag that is easy to grab or move between a daypack and a backpack.  A one gallon Ziploc bag would be a good start.

Youth should read the permission slip too.
The permission slip has details about what gear is required and what uniform must be worn when traveling.

Parents and scouts must work together to ensure the right gear is packed.
While every scout is different most scouts need some help ensuring the right gear is packed.  Until the scout is consistently showing they have the right gear for a trip parents should be involved.

-Matthew