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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Camping Program
PhilmontScouting offers our boys an opportunity to learn how to live in the outdoors and enjoy new experiences. Troop 194 plans at least one weekend campout or outdoor event every month. Signup sheet will be posted several weeks before an event and permission forms should be turned in at least 2 meetings before the event. This allows us to complete the required paperwork and ensure proper planning.

Everyone, including adults, camps by the Patrol method. Camp Patrols are established for each event based on planned attendance. Patrol Leaders will be assigned for each patrol. Patrols will work together to develop a duty roster and a menu plan for each trip. Patrol members will be assigned to purchase food for their Patrol. Costs will be divided among the Patrol members so receipts should be turned into the Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster

 The Troop provides chuck boxes, cook kits, and stoves. All equipment in need of repair should be reported to the Troop Quartermaster prior to storage of the equipment at the conclusion of the campout. Scouts will need to bring their own mess kit. (Bowl, cup, and fork and spoon from home work just fine).

Scouts are not allowed to take radios, portable TVs, electronic games, pagers, or other non camping related electronic gadgets on Troop campouts. These items are allowed during travel with the permission of the driver. Electronic compasses, GPS, etc. are considered acceptable. Cell phones may be used for emergency purposes only.

The BSA "two-deep leadership" policy will pertain to all Troop functions. According to this policy, two adults (at least one a registered BSA leader with Youth Protection Training) must be present at a scouting activity. There are occasions when more adults are needed. We strive to have a minimum of 1 adult per 7 Scouts (1:7 Ratio).

Campout Guidelines

  • All participants must provide parental permission prior to the event.
  • All personal belongings should be marked with the Scout's name and “T-194”.
  • Scouts below the rank of First Class should have their Boy Scout Handbook on each campout. It should be protected with a plastic bag or waterproof container.
  • All Scouts and Scouters will adhere to the "Outdoor Code" and the "Leave No Trace" guidelines. The campsite will be left cleaner than it was found.
  • Cutting of live trees is not allowed at any time.
  • No liquid gas, propane, or flammable substances of any kind are allowed in the tents. This means no fuel lanterns, candles, or open flames of any kind are allowed in tents.

Equipment Checklists

Your Boy Scout Handbook provides information on appropriate equipment for most types of hiking and camping activities. Troop 194 also has checklists (available on our website) for warm and cold weather campouts, summer camp, and backpacking trips. Specific recommendations will be addressed prior to each event.
Here are some guidelines based on our experience:

  • Always bring a complete change of clothes (2 sets in wet weather);
  • Bring sleeping clothes (incl. stocking cap during cold weather);
  • Always bring several pairs of dry socks;
  • Sturdy hiking boots are the preferred footwear;
  • Always bring an extra pair of shoes;
  • Always bring a poncho or raincoat and work gloves;
  • Always bring your Scout Handbook, spiral notebook, and pencil;
  • Be prepared for weather changes, both expected and unexpected;
  • Toilet kit, Soap in box or zip-lock bag Toothbrush & toothpaste, Comb, brush, Towel & washcloth;
  • Cameras are allowed, but at the Scout’s own risk.

Camping Gear

Don’t be in a rush to run out to buy a complete inventory of outdoor gear. There are many things like tents or backpacks that can be borrowed (or rented) until your son figures out from experience what he really wants. Most important items will be good hiking shoes or boots and a sleeping bag and ground pad.