New Scout Gear

New Scout Recommendations For What to Buy

Boy Scout Handbook:

We recommend:

  • the Spiral Bound Edition WITH SCOUTS NAME WRITTEN ON IT
  • Cloth Cover that has a Velcro covering


  • Required: Khaki Short Sleeve Shirt (with Scout’s Name on Tag) with following patches:
    • the purple World Scout Crest
    • any National Capital Area Council Shoulder Patch
    • Troop 233 Insignia (provided by Troop)
    • Any rank badge earned
    • The Arrow of Light – if earned as a Cub Scout
    • Forest Green Shoulder Loops
  • Optional (but strongly recommended): Khaki Nylon lightweight Long Pants that unzip into short pants.
  • Optional (but strongly recommended): BSA baseball hat for sun/rain protection
  • Optional Uniform (mandatory for camping): Two Pairs of Good, Dark Green wool hiking socks – BSA has great socks.
  • T233 does not wear a neckerchief as part of our official uniform.

Camping Equipment:

Key Tip: Spend your money on good comfortable clothes that can be layered and will keep your scout warm and dry. Please do not buy too much other gear.

  • Lightweight nylon long pants (preferably with zipper to convert to short pants) (see uniform)
  • Heavyweight fleece top
  • Two Pairs of good quality wool hiking socks (see uniform)
  • Lightweight Adjustable Rain Coat (sized to permit layers underneath and for Scout to be active) – NO PONCHO’s
  • Waterproof hiking boots that fit properly – too tight/too loose = blisters
  • Two 1 Liter Nalgene Water bottles
  • Sleeping Bag (suitable to 10 or 15 degrees) – most prefer mummy bags.
  • Thin Sleeping Pad (blow up type is preferable)
  • Working Flashlight (with fully charged batteries) – most prefer a headlamp
  • Adjustable Backpack – larger than 45 liters (but not too big) – before you buy, talk to adult uniform leaders about excess equipment/hand me downs
  • Unbreakable mess kit (plate, bowl, silverwear & cup that can handle hot liquids)
  • Nice to have: personal first aid kit, folding pocket knife, waterproof match container and good compass.

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