is the central activity in Troop 42. Scouts are expected to participate
in our camping program; training, supervision and support is given at
all levels, at all events.
For a complete list of camping dates
, visit the
Permission slips and food deposits are due 3 meetings before the campout to enable
everyone to "Be Prepared" for the trip. For more information, read
the details of the permission slip
policy. To print permission slips, visit the
Planning a Camping Trip
for each camping trip is done with the
, which includes rosters, tent assignments, equipment,
and menu forms.
The Troop Adult Grubmaster must approve all camping menus
10 days before the trip. The
Grubmaster Planning Tips
help planning the menus, shopping list, and
There are many other resources available for planning camping menus (see the Links
A boy from each patrol will be assigned to shop for the trip. He
will use the food deposit from each scout, buy the food, and then reimburse or
collect additional money from the other scouts as appropriate.
Tips on selecting personal equipment that's right for you can be found at
Backpacker Magazine "Gear"
and REI's "Expert
Advice" on camping
The troop maintains tents, tarps, stoves, and other camping equipment.
Troop equipment is requisitioned using the
, received and returned according to
and maintained according to
the Troop 42 Equipment
A personal equipment
available. It covers most events, and includes clothes for cold and hot
weather, but is not all-inclusive. You will need to evaluate each trip
for weather and special conditions expected.
Tips on how to pack can be found at
REI's Expert Advice on packing
There is a mandatory pack inspection
at the meeting before the
camping trip for all scouts below the rank of First Class Scout
Cold Weather Camping
Cold weather camping requires extra equipment and planning. Read
all about it on the Cold Weather Camping
What Constitutes a
Some of the camping trips are designated as
backpacking trips. On these trips, scouts
- carry everything a minimum
of 2500 ft (½ mile) to the campsite, including patrol items,
e.g., tents, cooking gear, food and water, as well as all
- pack a bit differently for
backpacking trips. For more information, review the
list, paying attention to items called out for backpacking.
- cook with lightweight stoves
- do not bring patrol wampus boxes or coolers.
After the Camping Trip
At completion of each troop camping trip, troop equipment is
assigned to scouts, and is to be cleaned according to the
equipment maintenance guide
and returned according to Shanty Rules
questions about equipment assignment should be directed to the Patrol
Leader first, then if not resolved, to the Senior Patrol Leader, and if
necessary to the Scout Quartermaster
followed by the Adult
A shanty day is a required meeting for the entire troop at which
the troop's storage
Peerless Power Equipment at 52 Gillotti Road
inventoried, restocked, and reorganized.
Year Round Camper
Most scouts earn the Year Round Camper patch
offered through CT
Yankee Council, which requires 12 consecutive months of camping
overnight and making meals outdoors.