Basic Program Requirements
All participants of Troop 4 backpacking trips must meet the following basic requirements: 1) Must be at least 2nd year scout or registered Assistant Scout Master with updated YPT Training; 2) Complete the Backpacking Workshop. If your scout has not taken the course and is interested in backpacking, please notify me at email@example.com
The First Time Buyer
I discourage parents of scouts to run out and buy all the "best" equipment right away. Parents have their reasons -- they want their scout will be comfortable and safe. All too often the equipment they buy ends up being too heavy, bulky, expensive and down right unnecessary.
I encourage parents and scouts to rent or borrow equipment before they buy so they can make smart and educated decisions. Much of the equipment can be found around the house or at discount stores like the 99-cents Only Store--even thrift shops.
Remember the "3-pound" rule: Starting with the backpack, sleeping bag and shelter (T4 provides tents), try to buy, rent or borrow equipment that weighs 3-pounds max each or less. By keeping it light, your scout will be safer on the trail, have less stress to their growing bodies and have a whole lot more fun.