“Backpacking For Scouts” Manual

Request your own free copy at the bottom. “Backpacking for Scouts” contains Checklists, “Trail Tips”, pictures and useful references for a fun (and safe) wilderness backpacking adventure. Topics include trail leadership, physical conditioning, planning the hike, what to pack, how to buy equipment, taking care of your feet, navigation, wilderness first aid, setting up a campsite, and ideas for fine dining at any altitude.

Backpacking For Scouts
A comprehensive guide for planning and executing a successful backpacking adventure for you or your group.

Sample Pages - Backpacking for Boys

Table of Contents for “Backpacking for Scouts”

Backpacking Introduction Page 5
Hike Planning
Leave No Trace
Ultralight Backpacking

Practice Hikes & Conditioning Page 14
Sample Practice Hikes Schedule
Participation Report with Pack Weights

Protect Your Feet Page 18
Foot Protection System
Tips for Buying Boots
What Is a Blister?
Dealing with Hot Spots
Duct Tape First Aid

Backpacking’s Big Five Purchases Page 22
Shopping for Equipment
Choosing a Backpack
Choosing a Sleeping Bag
Choosing a Shelter/Tent
Choosing a Cooking Stove
Choosing a Water Treatment Methods

Moving Along the Trail Page 41
Packing a Backpack
Moving As A Group
Rules of the Trail
Following a Trail
Maps, GPS, and Navigation Tools
Maps and Compass
Trail Profiles

Setting Up Your Campsite Page 53
Pitching a Tent
Black Bears and Smellables
Hanging Food From Trees
Setting Up Your Campsite (continued)
Digging a Cat Hole
Staying Clean – Swimming

Hiking Safety Page 67
Getting Lost
Forest Fires
Unexpected Snow

Scourges of the Forest Page 71
Poisonous Snakes
Poison Oak
Mosquitoes Suck

Wilderness First Aid Page 79
Preparation is the Key
Mountain Maladies
Common Injuries
Building a First Aid Kit

Meals, Food and Nutrition Page 86
Menu and Duty Roster
Nutritional Value
How Do You Eat?
Top Ten Trail Food Tips
Menu Ideas
Cleaning up After Meals

Dealing with Fear, Panic and Paranoia Page 97
Conducting a Pack Check

Pack List (What to Carry and Why) Page 100
Pack List Weights
50 miler Clothing & Equipment Pack List
Personal Equipment Descriptions
Clothing Descriptions
Group Equipment Descriptions

“Backpacking for Boys” is free for Scout leaders. Request it below and a Google Doc link will be emailed to you. Include your unit number and location in the request. You must include your email address (or we can’t send it to you!!)

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  1. Kolby Nebeker says:

    Please send a copy of backpacking for boys.
    Troop 67
    Lyman Wyoming

  2. Ryan Lym says:

    Ryan Lym
    Troop 301
    Federal Way, Washington

  3. Eric Campbell says:

    Please send a the Google Doc Link for Backpacking for Boys please.

    Eric Campbell
    Scoutmaster, Troop 716
    Hope Mills, NC

  4. David McClure says:

    Please send me a copy of Backpacking for Boys

    David McClure
    ASM, Troop 116
    Fayetteville, AR

  5. Wayne Hinderliter says:

    Thank you very much

    Troop 262
    Pittsburgh PA

  6. Jeff Burrill says:

    Jeff Burrill
    Troop 228
    Danville, CA

  7. Curtis Coleman says:

    Please send a copy of Backpacking for Boys.
    Thank you.

    Curtis Coleman
    Venture Crew 314 Advisor
    Yukon, OK

  8. Jason Weihe says:

    Requesting link for “Backpacking for Boys”

    Jason Weihe
    ASM, Troop 161
    Niwot, CO

  9. Jeff Lawrence says:

    Would like a copy for our troop 754.

  10. Mark Hollahan says:

    Pls send copy of Backpacking for Boys.

    Mark Hollahan
    ASM, Troop 907
    Stafford, VA

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