● Gear. The Troop supplies tents, cooking gear and lanterns. Keep in mind that while new Scouts start out small, within a few short years, they outgrow equipment bought for them at the start of their Scouting career. Therefore, there is no need to spend too much outfitting them at this time.
However, there are a few essentials your Scout will need at the start:
● A Sturdy Pair of Hiking Boots with good ankle support, which your Scout will need for most camping and hiking trips.
● A Good Three-Season Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Pad. We will be sleeping in all types of weather, so a good three-season sleeping bag is useful. A winter bag (zero degree) will be needed for winter trips and can be rented from EMS or REI. Most Scouts start out with a lightweight foam sleeping pad.
● A Flashlight. Most Scouts prefer headlamps to keep their hands free.
In terms of other gear, don’t go overboard to start. For example, a simple plastic plate, bowl, knife and fork will do as a mess kit. Keep in mind, kids tend to lose or damage items.
The Troop supplies a neckerchief, green epaulettes, 119 numeral patch, Troop 119 t-shirt, and a spiral bound Scout Handbook (recommended since regular binding breaks). In the front of the Handbook is a pamphlet on Youth Protection, which you should discuss with your scout.
The few items that you may need to buy can be purchased at the Scout Shop, Tower Office Park #2R, Woburn. You can call the shop at 781-937-4282.