If you don’t have some of the things on this list then don’t panic. We do have some spares at the hut. Just let us know in advance.
If you go into Blacks or Trespass then you can get a 10% discount if you wear your scarf and tell them you are a scout. If you are buying boots then make sure that they are very comfortable and don’t pinch or rub anywhere. Wear them all week if you can to get them worn in. If there is some movement in your boots then try putting a padded insole into the boots first or adjust the lacing.
- Backpack or daysac – (25 litres capacity would be fine). One with side pockets and a proper waist belt would be ideal.
- A cheap, digital camera (optional) – not the one on your phone! If you don’t have one, try asking Santa for one for Christmas!
- Small notebook and a sharpened pencil – We will be expecting you to take good notes on the hikes. You may need them for games too.
- Small torch – check that it works. If possible bring a spare. A red torch does not ruin your night vision and does not dazzle people so much.
- Whistle – only to be used in emergencies!
- Stave or walking stick/pole – optional. A cut-down and customised broom handle works well. Not to be used for whacking plants and trees but for assisting you in walking, climbing and games etc.
- A cup – unbreakable and insulated if possible.
- A teaspoon.
- A compass – if you have one. Not compulsory but recommended.
Preferably not in bright colours!
- No jeans! – Scout uniform trousers are ideal. Combat or hiking trousers or similar are perfect. Proper hiking trousers are water-resistant.
- Scout scarf and woggle (to be worn) – Ensure that woggle cannot slip off.
- Hiking boots – cleaned or polished and waxed/waterproofed if possible.
- Waterproof over- trousers – These should be packed in an easily and quickly accesible place. Ones with side vents are easier to put on without taking your boots off.
- Waterproof jacket – preferably with a hood or a kagoul combined with a warn jumper.
- 2 hats (COMPULSORY) – a woolly hat for when it turns cold and a peaked cap or brimmed hat to keep the sun off your head.
- Warm gloves or mittens – water resistant if possible. Mittens tend to be warmer.
- Spare pair of thick socks.
- Warm fleece or thick jumper.
- Thermal base layer – For cold days or for mountaineering.
- Underwear – Stretchy materials are very comfortable when hiking. Avoid fabrics that may chafe. Snip out labels if they are scratchy.
For every hike wear a thick t-shirt, a long-sleeved top and a warm fleece or jumper with a waterproof jacket over the top. Walking keeps you very warm and usually the trouble is over-heating and not freezing but you will get colder when you stop walking and also of course after dark!
Outer clothing and boots can be further waterproofed by using Nikwax or similar products that are available in all outdoors shops.
Remember what you have been taught about boots and foot health. Make sure your toenails are cut correctly in the right way (don’t cut them if they don’t need it) and that your hiking boots are polished and your laces are in good condition.
- 1L Water bottle (full) – make sure it doesn’t leak.
- 2 rounds of Sandwiches – (in a tupperware box to stop them getting mashed up). Cheese and tomato is excellent walking fuel.
- Some fruit, some cake and/or nuts – A good old-fashioned fruit cake is filling and supplies lots of energy over a long period.
- An ‘emergency’ chocolate bar.
- Tea or soup in a small flask (Compulsory). Make sure before the hike that it doesn’t leak.
- Small sweets to share with everyone – Polo’s, boiled sweets, wine gums. If everyone shares with everyone we all get a nice selection during the walk. Try to avoid individually wrapped sweets as the wrappers get everywhere.
Walking uses up a lot of calories so make sure you bring enough good, filling food for the whole day. Try to keep packaging to a minimum to save space and waste.
- All of your kit should fit inside your backpack along with your jacket and waterproofs when you’re not wearing them. So make sure your bag is big enough.
- No items (except the whistle) should be hung on the outside of your backpack.
- Pack everything tidily in your backpack making use of any free space available and make sure nothing rattles. Clothes can be rolled up and pushed into any available space. Try to have the heaviest things near the top of the pack and the things you don’t need very often at the bottom.
- Scouts should pack their own bags so that they know they have everything on this list and also so that they know where everything is in their pack.
- You are free to carry anything else that you wish to bring, just make sure that you have room and that you can carry it all.
- Remember – there is no such thing as bad weather: just inappropriate clothing!