Explorer – Camp Kit List

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Explorer – Camp Kit List

Explorer Camp Kit List

Explorers are required to bring their own personal equipment for camps. The following list is a guide to what is generally required although more specific information will be supplied at the time by the leader as part of the camp information. It is strongly recommended that the Explorers are encouraged to find out from handbooks what is necessary and to pack their own kit.

Suggested Camp Kit List
Item Description
Full Scout Uniform Explorers should always arrive and leave in uniform
Waterproof coat (or warm coat and cagoule) Depending on the time of year, you may want to bring a waterproof top and trousers - as we can't predict the weather!
Hat and gloves With so much body heat lost through the head in winter a woolly / fleece hat is essential. To help prevent heat stroke a peaked baseball style is best for summer
Warm jumpers or fleeces Even in summer, it gets cold in the evening
Shirts/tee-shirts Enough for duration of camp. A number of layers are warmer than one thick one and the warmth can be regulated more easily
Trousers Enough for duration of camp. Jeans must not be brought as these get too wet.
Shorts Enough for duration of camp
Activity clothing (as required) Bring appropriate clothing for the planned activities. If its going to be muddy or wet then bring old clothes including footwear and plenty of spares
Underwear and socks Enough for camp plus spares. Note there is nothing worse than cold, wet feet on a wet and muddy hike, so take plenty of pairs of socks
Swimming costume If any water activities planned
Hiking boots Good, strong walking boots are essential. Boots give a better ankle support and normally have better soles than shoes if you are hiking. If you don't wear a decent pair your feet will let you know!
Sleeping bag Stuffsac based types are much more compact than sleepover types. If camping September to June then a 3 season, with a 2 season minimum for summer. Synthetic filled bags are easier to clean than natural filling. Zips can be a source of cold if no baffle is fitted
Pillow Air pillows are good, as full size pillows take up a lot of space. You can always take an empty pillow case and fill it with clothes at night!
Roll mat or airbed Keeps you off the ground at night, and therefore warmer. This is a essential for all camping in tents
Blanket (if required) Placed between a sleeping bag & sleeping mat this can help keep you warmer.
Eating kit (unbreakable plate, bowl, cup) Make it durable, plastic, metal or dog bowls (an explorer favorite) but not Mum's best china!
Cutlery (knife, fork, spoon) Home or camp sets but make sure they are distinctive to find in a pile of everybody else’s cutlery. Remember a tea spoon as well
Tea Towel(s) One or two depending on length of camp
Drawstring bag Simply keeps all your canteen stuff together
Nightwear Even in summer it can get cold at night. It is important that day clothes are not worn at night
Wash kit (flannel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste) Keep in a waterproof bag. Using soap and toothbrush containers is a good idea to keep everything separate
Towel(s) Needed after heavy rain, falling in water, swimming or (just maybe) after having a wash!
Brush/comb If required
Hankies/tissues Small packs are ideal
Personal hygiene products If required
Medication Must be included on camp information form and kept in original packaging
Rucksack Suggest 65 litre or larger. Much more practical than a suitcase, please make sure the Explorer can carry it though
Plastic bags or sacks for dirty washing/boots Please note that black bin bags, although very suitable, can look like a bag of rubbish if left unattended on a field; we would recommend coloured plastic bags
Named refillable drinks bottle Make sure it's leak proof. Never take fizzy drinks. If it's cold don't carry on the outside of your bag
Spare trainers
Coat hanger For your uniform
Book or quiet game
Sun cream Important in summer and winter depending on the weather
Torch and spare batteries Head torches are increasingly popular. Do not pack your torch with batteries fitted (or at the bottom of your kit) as it could easily get accidentally turned on and you will arrive at the camp/holiday with flat batteries
Watch A cheap one that can cope with getting wet is a good idea
Personal First Aid Kit Keep an eye on use by dates. You don't need to buy an expensive ready made kit - put your own together
Camping Chair (optional) A folding one in a bag makes camp fire fun a bit more comfortable!
Camera (optional) Do record your holiday if you have a camera. Expensive cameras are, however, not recommended
Pen/pencil and notepad
Pocket money


1. The Explorer Unit cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to any personal effects and the Scout Association does not provide automatic insurance for such items.
2. If your child requires medication while on camp please ensure that it is kept in its original packaging. We run a self-medication policy within the unit.
3. All equipment and clothing must be clearly marked with the owner’s name; engraving or permanent ink are far better than nail varnish or stuck on labels.
4. A certain amount of pocket money is recommended. Explorers are expected to look after their own money. The Explorer Unit is not responsible for any losses.
5. Please do not include any electronic items such as but not limited to games, phones , radios or mp3 players.
6. Explorers can only bring penknives if they have passed their hand-axe and knife training. Refresher training can be given on camp. Knives must be handed in so that they can be locked away.
7. Aerosols, matches, lighters and any other flammable liquid or gas must never be brought to camps; these are dangerous and not necessary.
8. Kit should be packed in a holdall or rucksack. It is important that there are no loose items.
9. Due to the nature of camps and activities, it is advisable to wear old clothing and footwear as there is a good chance they will get very wet, dirty and/or damaged.
10. Earrings, nose rings, and other decorative jewellery are not recommended on camps and activities.

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Downloadable Explorer Suggested Kit List