What to Bring to Camp

Any good Scout should be prepared and bring the necessary items when they go camping. Here is a a suggested list of things to bring. Please consult with your troop for specific guidelines and guidance on how to pack and what to bring (and not to bring) to camp.

Personal Gear:

  • Scout uniform(s)
  • Extra shirts
  • Extra pants/shorts
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Rain gear
  • Swimsuit 
  • Sleepwear
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Water shoes (or closed-toe footwear that can get wet)
  • Warm sweater, sweatshirt and/or jacket
  • Towels
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag / blankets
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle / canteen
  • Wallet with money
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Notebook with pen/pencil
  • Watch
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Merit badge pre-requisites
  • Mess kit (cup, plate, and bowl)
  • Utensils (fork, knife, and spoon)
  • Sun screen
  • Bug repellent
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Bandanna 
  • Fishing gear
  • Ground cloth or small tarp (for outposts)
  • Old clothing (including footwear) for Muck Hike 

Troop Gear:

  • Copies of all nessesary paperwork and payments
  • Medical forms for all Scouts/leaders
  • First aid kit
  • Troop flag
  • Patrol flags
  • Lantern(s)
  • Rope / twine
  • Axes / saws
  • Troop cook wear (for Iron Chef Cook-off)
  • Gateway materials (for Site Gateway competition)
  • Props for Troop campfire skit

Camp Minsi Trading Post: Camp Minsi's trading post is open most of the day and has many items you may want to purchase. You will find a wide variety of items including camping supplies, T-shirts and apparel, craft kits, merit badge pamphlets, books, snacks, candy, ice cream, slushies, drinks, and much more. Please be sure you bring the appropriate spending money as to not feel left out. We recommend bringing between $25 to $50 for the week.

Things to leave at home: Electronics, video games, music players, cell phones, flip-flops, pets, fireworks, alcohol, illegal drugs, and anything that would distract from the Scouting atmosphere that should prevail at camp. Valuables should also be left at home.

Pre-requisite Requirements: Due to the nature of some merit badge, some merit badge requirements can not be completed at camp. Scouts should come prepared with proof of the necessary pre-requisite requirements. Additionally, some badges may have additional costs associated with the class. See the Camp Minsi Merit Badge guide for details on specific badges.

Bicycles: Camp Minsi allows Scouts and leaders to bring and use bicycles while at camp. Helmets and proper attire must be worn at all times when riding. The buddy system is still in effect when riding.

Medications: Upon arrival at camp, Scouts will have a medical re-check during which he will give the health officer any prescription medications he may have. These must be kept at the Health Lodge for the entire week to be administered by the camp Health Officer. All medication is administered by the camp health officer. The health officer will dispense only legal medications. Legal medications are defined as medicines in their original container, label affixed, doctors name, patients name, date and name of medication contained therein. If there has been a dosage change, it must be so noted by your doctor. A weekly pill dispenser box will be permitted only if your pharmacist provides printed information as to its contents. Unmarked dispensers will not be permitted. Absolutely no medicine of any type is to be kept in the site without prior knowledge and approval of the camp health officer. 

Label your gear: Scouts should mark all personal gear. Many times items are lost or misplaced and never claimed. Placing your name and unit number on items can help prevent such losses.