Summer Camp Packing List

What to Bring

Other than some basic items, different people and units will bring different items with them. A good exercise is to think about your perfect week at camp and bring the items that you see in your mental picture. If you want to spend the afternoon fishing on the edge of the lake, don’t forget your fishing rod and tackle box. To help keep you from forgetting those all important items, we have a list below to help you when you are packing.

Personal Equipment

  • Complete Scout uniform
  • T-shirts
  • shorts or long pants
  • swim trunks
  • any Merit Badge-specific clothing
  • underwear
  • socks
  • cloth facemasks (at least 2)
  • insect repellent
  • Footware for Boating
  • hat if desired
  • sweater or jacket
  • extra shoes or boots
  • poncho or rain gear
  • notebook and pencil or pen
  • Scout Handbook
  •  merit badge pamphlets (if needed)
  • watch (very important)
  • washcloth and towel
  • toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. No glass bottles)
  • flashlight with new batteries
  • sleeping bag or sheets & blankets
  • alarm clock (optional)
  • disc golf disc (optional)
  • pocketknife
  • footlocker or suitcase or backpack
  • laundry bag
  • hand sanitizer

Unit Equipment

  • Unit flag
  • First aid kits
  • Patrol flags
  • Bow saws
  • Lanterns
  • Rope
  • Extra plastic
  • Brooms
  • Water hose

What Not to Bring to Camp

Personal rifles or other firearms, ammunition, and bows, including paintball guns, are not allowed in camp; only those supplied by the Shooting Sports area are to be used. Sheath knives with blades longer than 4” are also not allowed at camp. Any such equipment brought to camp must be delivered to the Camp Director when the unit checks in; it will be returned when the unit checks out. In addition, no pets of any kind are allowed at camp; this is policy of the Boy Scouts of America and includes visitors. Finally, we strongly recommend that items such as radios, music players, electronic games, and other electronic devices not be brought to camp. Summer camp is an outdoor experience, and these items are not appropriate to that experience. Camp Raven Knob is not responsible for personal or Unit items that are damaged, lost or stolen. 


Have Scouts bring a footlocker or locking suitcase and provide an extra key for the unit leader. That way, if one key is lost, the spare one will be stored safely. With the heat and humidity of June and July, it would be advisable to have a change of clothing for each day of the week. Cell phones for Scouts are not necessary. Considering that there are no provisions to charge them and that reception is weak at best, Scouts are advised to leave them at home.