Just to be completely upfront and honest: I don’t get anything from any of the links posted on this site.  None of them are monetized.  If I am recommending an item, it is because I bought it with my own money and liked it.  Why do most of my item links go to Amazon?  Because I’m lazy. 😉  It’s much easier to keep an Amazon page open and grab links to items there so you can see what I am talking about rather than run around my house taking and uploading pics of everything.

I’m not saying I won’t ever try to make some pocket change from this site, but I’ll be upfront about it if I do. KK?

Packing List for Camp (The Other List)

**Guess what, I actually made a downloadable “other” list!  Check it out here!**

Wait, other list???  What other lists could there be, you ask?

Well, first, there’s the food list.  Sorry, I can’t help you with that one in this post.  You need to base that off a menu that you and your troop come up with together.  Perhaps I will write a post about menu planning at another time.

Nope, this is about the all-important craft box. 🙂  It wouldn’t be Girl Scout camp without crafts!  And this won’t be a list, so much as a guide, because you can take at least two different tacks to building your craft box.

Tack 1 – The Event Specific Box

This craft box can be as small as a shoebox like the box above, or as big as your Troop Camp Box (18gal storage box).  The way this box works is, you figure out what activities you will be doing, and then pack only what you need for that.  This is best for trips where you plan a lot of activities, or you will have a long way to carry your gear.

When I say activities, I mean either badge work, or general camp crafts, or service activities.  For instance, for one campout, my troop earned our Council’s Native American Heritage patch since we were sleeping in teepees.  I only brought the tools and supplies for the activities we were doing that weekend: loom-making and weaving, jewelry making, and box decorating.  It all fit easily in a little basket.

Tack 2 – The Everything Box

This is the box  where you keep EVERYTHING: glue, scissors, felt, foam, wiggly eyes, chenille stems, pompoms, stickers, markers, crayons, and lots and lots of safety pins!  Okay, I don’t mean everything.  Chances are you won’t have any outlets, so don’t pack a glue gun.  Think about temperature and don’t pack melty stuff (like crayons) when it will be really hot.  Also, expect this box to be shaken AND stirred quite a bit, unless you have it in OCD-type organization; so check that bottles are tight and zip bagged.  Beads should be put into small containers that are easy to open and close for the age of your troop. And make sure you stock enough scissors (I like 1 pair per 3-4 girls).

And I’m serious about the safety pins.  Camp is a great time to make SWAPs, especially if you’re at a Community/ Service Unit Weekend.

Activities

Here are some Pinterest boards which I created which could have some cool camp ideas:

Packing List for Camp (First Aid)

**Think this packing list is a little boring?  Want the updated version?  Check it out here!**

Now for one of the most important packing lists you will need for any campout: the First Aid Kit list.  And to be perfectly honest, the only things I have used out of my first aid kit over the 6 years of camping has been alcohol wipes, antibiotic cream, bandaids, and tweezers.  And Advil – for me! 🙂

The tweezers are really the most important thing.  When our All Camp Nurse asked about buying things to stock our First Aid Kit for the big campout last month, I said get two sets of tweezers, and she agreed, because she knew that the two main things you will be dealing with for your troop is scrapes and splinters.  A good set of tweezers is NOT made of plastic, and WILL cost more than $1.  There are lots of “how to painlessly get rid of splinters!!!!” pins on Pinterest, but here’s an article from WebMD on how to get rid of both tiny splinters and big ones.  I would rather not use one of my girls as a test subject for an unreliable fad cure.

Also, bandages.  I don’t care what brand you get, what color, what character (although you know Daisies will squeal for Princess bandaids!); but get LOTS.  As many as you can fit.  Get plenty of the standard 3/4″x3″,  but also get the larger ones, too.  I’m also fond of having some Telfa pads in my kit.  They will not stick to the wound, and are nice and large for those big scrapes kids always get on their knees.  I like the ones with self adhesive tabs on the sides (like the ones I linked to).  Get them in bulk at Amazon, though.  You can either spend $30 for 100 or $10 for 3 at the drugstore!!

Alcohol wipes are also something great to have in bulk.  They’re not only good for cleaning wounds, but also good for cleaning that “whatever-it-is” a girl got on her finger.  Also, if you buy bandages, telfa pads, and alcohol wipes in bulk, you can use them to make personal First Aid kits with your Juniors for their badge requirement, or at any level.  Once the girls are Juniors, I would add .5g packets of antibiotic cream, as they are usually past the “I’ll stick something I’m not supposed to in my mouth” stage by then, but YTMV (Your Troop May Vary).  I feel uncomfortable giving anything more than antibiotic cream to any girl to carry around under 18, especially without parent consent.  I think now that my girls are Cadettes, I might be okay with them bringing their own pain medicine (Advil or Tylenol) or OTC allergy medicine from home with (parents’ permission) and keeping it with them, as long as they give me a heads up.  Because they may not necessarily want to come to me for Midol.

Which brings me to the next important things you should have in your kit once your girls get to a certain age.  Like say, Cadettes.  Put some supplies in your kit, make sure the girls know they are there, and make sure they know you are not going to make a big deal about it.  Once my girls were in 5th grade, I sent out an email to my troop parents and asked them to let me know when their daughter started having a period, so that I could start stocking the First Aid Kit.  I don’t need to know the details, I don’t need to know their cycle (although it might help me plan campouts and meetings for best participation – I dread the meeting when half of them are hormonally challenged and the other half are grumbling from cramps!), but I do need to know when to start carrying the appropriate supplies.

My troop’s First Aid Kit started as one of these travel kits, and then I started adding things(because it does not come packed to the gills, there is plenty of space to add).  The first thing that got added was a good pair of tweezers!  Then I added:

  • more wipes (6?  seriously?)
  • Telfa pads
  • a tube of antibiotic cream (the packets are best for making up girl kits)
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Benedryl
  • Pepto tablets
  • insect bite relief

This is by no means a prepared for anything kind of kit.  Nor will it ever be.  It is a “prepared for what I can deal with at camp” kind of kit.  There are many situations where my best option is put a girl in a car and get her to the emergency room, or call 911 and care for her until the ambulance gets to camp.  We are going to be hiking a mountain for a week, miles from civilization and adequate cell phone coverage.  If we were, I would pack a different kit.

These are some additional things that would be worth the weight to add to your kit (remember, you have to carry this with you when you go hiking):

  • poison ivy relief (I like the no touch aspect, and the no liquid aspect of these pads)
  • roll of tape (for splinters)
  • small scissors
  • moleskin
  • cotton swabs

I also wanted to mention something that I pack in our troop box, but could be considered first aid equipment: hand warmers.  Down here on the Gulf Coast, we don’t get snow, really, so when it gets down to the 20s or 30s or 40s on a camping trip, it really chills the girls to the bone (I have considerably more internal insulation).  So, I learned (and then taught) how to sleep very warmly, thanked my lucky stars I did a backyard campout so I could tell some of the parents that they needed to get their daughter a REAL sleeping bag for their birthday, and keep a stash of hand warmers to slip into sleeping bags on really cold nights.  The girls love them, the sleeping bags trap the heat all night long, and I don’t get woken up by pitiful waifs with chattering teeth. 🙂

And finally, I found so many cool/cute ideas as I was poking around Pinterest that I made a board of First Aid Badge ideas.  And since we’re Girl Scouts, I’m including SWAPs and snacks (those disgustingawesome graham cracker bandaids are in there).  Check it out here.

First Aid Kit Packing List (one of these days, I’ll have to pretty these up, they’re pretty spartan at this point, huh?)

Packing List for Camp (Troop Edition)

**Think this packing list is a little boring?  Want the updated version?  Check it out here!**

My troop packing list is something which has been handed down from Camp Trainer to student, from Camp Director to Troop Leader. I’m attaching one that I literally was emailed as part of the paperwork for a long past Service Unit Campout, and it was what I used to start my troop camp box. When my mother took Standard Troop Camp training earlier this year, she took my box and went through it piece by piece and added and subtracted according to her list from her training session (it was mostly replacing things which we ran out of, like detergent and soap).

The list I am attaching is NOT geared specifically towards going to one of our Council camps, which has a full cabinet of pots, pans, dishes, and silverware. This list works for Girl Scout camps (not all of which are fully stocked), and it will also work for State and National Parks, which do not have the amenities offered at our Council camps, so this is a good list to have.

If you are camping at a Girl Scout Camp like ours, which has all the cooking and dining gear, you will not need:

  • all pots and pans
  • peelers
  • mixing bowls
  • long handled spoons
  • stove top coffee pot/ tea kettle
  • 3 buckets for dishwashing
  • plates
  • bowls
  • silverware
  • cups (but have each girl bring a plastic one, anyway, because hot chocolate in a metal cup is hard to drink!)
  • shovel
  • water bucket

But, I still bring my own teapot to boil water for my coffee. Those Coffee Singles are, BTW, the greatest camping invention ever. I’m just saying.

Also, and I cannot stress this enough, buy a GOOD MANUAL CAN OPENER.  Your camp may say that it has can openers, and there might be can openers – but 9 times out of 10 it’s broken or rusty or too warped to be usable, and I have end up using the can opener on my multitool, which is not fun.  The one I linked to is an OXO, which is a brand I love, especially for small girls who may not have a lot of strength yet – just like the adults with arthritis or hand injuries OXO designs for.

And yes, I get all of this into an 18 gal storage container, which gets stored in the garage when not at camp.  I recommend getting the more heavy duty Roughneck series from Rubbermaid.  Mine has survived 5 years of abuse so far, and has served as a seat more than once.  It has our troop number and “Camping Supplies” written on all sides and the top, so that I know which box is ours whether it’s in a row of similar troop boxes at camp or on the shelves in my garage.

Troop Packing List

My husband is a big Lord of the Rings fan (we have EVERY version of the original trilogy, I think).  But I have always loved the idea of a hobbit hole.  Our dream house includes a hobbit hole in the backyard.  This would be a good starter hole (but where would the kids sleep????):

Hobbit Hole Trailer

 

No, there is no Girl Scoutiness in this post.  No packing.  But plenty of ADVENTURE, right?  In an “Up” kind of way. 🙂

Packing List for Camp (Girls’ edition)

**Think this packing list is a little boring?  Want the updated version?  Check it out here!**

As a Troop Camper, I have three different packing lists that  have to worry about: the girl packing list, the troop packing list, and the food packing list.  A good troop campout will also have a first aid packing list and a crafts packing list.

Today, let’s talk about the easy one: the Girls’ packing list.  This is the list that you give to every girl to take home and pack from.  Try to stress that the GIRL should be the one packing – because the GIRL is the one who needs to know where everything is, and the GIRL should know that everything she needs is in the bag.

I have a stash of about four packing lists which vary on the length of the campout and the season, but they all started from one list.  That list got modified and altered and changed and updated, and continues to be every time we go camping.  Are we going to the beach in summer?  Allow the girls to bring shorts and water shoes.  Are we staying for 3 nights? Add in an extra set of clothes, and if there’s someplace to take a shower – shampoo, soap, and body towel.  Are we day camping?   Don’t need anything but the trail bag and maybe the mess kit (unless there’s a good chance they will get wet and/or muddy, then pack an extra set of clothes and leave in the car).  Are we going to be somewhere where there are dishes available for us (most of our Council’s camps do)? Then nix the mess kit.

It may seem like a lot of work, but if you start with a good base list and add or subtract as necessary, it really takes no time.  And here is my original list to get you started, in .doc format so you can edit and adapt as necessary.

2 Night Winter Packing List

(Isn’t my daughter a cutie?  This was her all packed up and ready to go for her first summer camp.  This list doesn’t work for summer resident camp, though, sorry.  Just a cute pic!)