OSR 2009: What to Bring and How to Pack


  1. shorts, one pair of long pants and one long-sleeved shirt (preferably a lightweight fabric that isn’t cotton or denim – they don’t dry well), T-shirts, underwear and socks (lots of them) for a week, warm sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  2. Two swim trunks, 2 or more large towels
  3. hiking boots and 2 pairs shoes, one of which can get wet – NO sandals, crocs, open-toed shoes
  4. hat with a brim, rain jacket or poncho
  5. sleeping bag or washable blanket/quilt, sheet for hot evenings, travel pillow
  6. pad (optional but makes sleeping on cots and bunks more comfortable)
  7. sunscreen, LOTS of insect repellent, toiletry kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant
  8. any medications you take daily (see HEALTH/MEDS page)
  9. day pack (to carry your stuff around to and from events and classes), a sturdy water bottle, flash light with extra set of batteries (optional: battery-powered lantern), pen or pencil and notebook, Boy Scout handbook, compass, pocket knife (you must have your Totin’ Chip to carry it around)
  10. two wire hangers, rope for a clothesline (about 25 feet is good)
  11. Scout Class A uniform: Scout shirt, Troop 98 neckerchief, slide, Scout shorts/pants.  If you don’t have Scout shorts, bring dark green, khaki, tan or brown shorts (cargo shorts are fine), but something other than athletic shorts or swim trunks for the few times when we have to look really good
  12. Troop 98 2009 Summer Camp T-shirt (Class B uniform) – This will be distributed to campers at camp or at the July 3rd Troop Meeting  
  13. for anyone taking Swimming merit badge (includes all First Year Scouts): long, baggy pants and a long-sleeve shirt with buttons down the front - you will use these for clothes inflation in the pool
  14. any items required for the merit badges you want to do (check the program list here: PROGRAM
  15. a folding camp chair
  16. water gun/weapon(s) for the annual Troop 98 water gun fight - you must turn in your weapons in at the Troop 98 Armory upon arrival at Ockanickon - we will keep them safely until battle day; please make sure your weaponry is labeled with your name!
  17. OPTIONAL: camera (mandatory if doing Photography merit badge), playing cards or other board games (but none that make electronic noise), fishing equipment (mandatory if doing Fishing merit badge)

Use large Ziploc bags labeled with your name to subdivide your things, especially clean clothes (this keeps them clean). 

Pack everything in a duffel bag or footlocker – it fits under your cot and will keep things dry.  Plastic tubs work well, too, as long as they’re not too tall (about 12 to 14 inches or so in height).  Wal-Mart has the Rubbermaid 48 gallon Action Packer plastic trunk (ideal!) and the smaller Contico Storage Locker.



  • electronics (MP3 players, video game players, radios, walkie-talkies, cell phones – anything that makes noise with or without headphones)
  • fireworks, prank supplies
  • sheath knives, hatchets
  • anything illegal