Tips & Training

NYLT participants

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On May 16, both TJ Dulac and Donovan Dunham attended NYLT training at D-Bar-A Scout Reservation. Also, Jimmy Fennessey and Matthew Fleckenstein served at instructors! Nice job, everyone.

Packing for winter campouts

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Checklist for Winter Camping
This list includes basic clothes and equipment for camping during the months of October through April. This takes into account what you need for cold and wet weather in addition to the Boy Scout uniform worn while traveling to and from the campsite. Consider putting clothes in plastic bags (such as large zip lock bags) to keep them dry inside your pack or duffel bag.

Personal Gear

  • Bag (large gym bag, duffel bag, or pack) to put all your stuff into
  • Sleeping clothes (for example, sweatpants, sweatshirt, stocking cap, maybe slippers)
  • Mess kit, (plate, bowl, cup, silverware)
  • Stocking cap or hat
  • Jacket or Coat
  • Underwear (1 pair for each day)
  • One change of outer clothes
  • Storm Pants (windproof)
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Small Backpack (if hiking)
  • Sleeping bag (you might want to bring a
  • sheet or fleece liner)
  • Foam sleeping pad
  • OLD blanket (wool or fleece is best)
  • Socks (1 pair for each day + 1 extra)
  • Sweater or sweatshirt (long sleeves; fleece or wool is better than cotton)
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Shoes (hiking boots, extra pair of tennis shoes may be good)
  • Scout Uniform (full uniform required to be worn to and from campsite)

If temperatures will be below 40 degrees, consider bringing:

  • Polypropylene long underwear
  • Fleece shirt and pants
  • Insulated vest
  • Mittens with liners
  • Insulated snow boots
  • Wool socks
  • Wool sweater
  • Winter parka with hood
  • Extra gloves
  • Balaclava (head and neck hood) or scarf

Personal Hygiene

  • Toothbrush and tooth paste (keep in a zip lock bag)
  • Soap and soap dish
  • Washcloth
  • Towel
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Dental floss
  • Sun screen/Sun block
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Survival Gear
  • First Aid Kit (personal version)
  • Boy Scout book
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Water bottle or canteen
  • Polypropylene tarp (8’ x 10’)
  • Nylon braided line (50 ft)
  • Pocketknife (bring Tote-N-Chip Card!)
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Plastic Garbage Bags (3)
  • Small mirror (preferably metal)
  • Foil emergency blanket

Additional Items (optional)

  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook/Pencil