Kit

Essential Kit

In addition to their uniform, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will all need a decent, lightweight waterproof jacket and a pair of wellies or strong shoes/boots. We rarely cancel activities because of the weather and are often outside in the winter months.

For hikes and outings, a small daysack will be needed - just large enough to hold lunch & a waterproof - not a huge rucksack.

For Cubs and Scouts strong shoes/walking boots are useful for hikes but by no means essential - trainers will usually suffice but routes are often muddy even in the summer months. Wellies are not appropriate for hikes.

For camps/sleepovers, the main item that is needed is a sleeping bag. Ideally this should be a 3 or 4 season bag with compression sack for Cubs and Scouts as night time temperatures can fall close to zero at the ends of the main camping season. A bag of this quality will last your child right through to Explorers and is well worth the investment - being cold at night on camp is not fun.

In addition Cubs and Scouts will also need a sleeping mat - these can be bought for around £5.

A torch is the only other item that is essential for camps and sleepovers - the ideal one would be an LED head torch with red as well as white bulbs (makes a good Christmas present). "Novelty" torches are fine for indoor sleepovers but not suitable for tents.


Useful but certainly NOT essential (or expected!) and ideal for birthday/Christmas presents


Decathlon and Go Outdoors have knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices, although Decathlon's ranges are subject to greater seasonal variations than is the case at Go Outdoors.
Many of the leaders have bought their personal kit from these outlets.


Top tip
Water activities need “clothes, including close fitting shoes (crocs are not suitable), that can get wet”.

It’s worth hanging on to a pair of light cotton trousers (but not jeans or jogging bottoms) that have been outgrown in length, or have worn through at the knee, as these fit the bill perfectly.

Worn/damaged but still “sort of fitting” clothes are also perfect for camp as no one cares what happens to them!

10% Discount!
Youth members can obtain a 10% discount on many purchases at Go Outdoors. There are conditions (including holding a Go Outdoors discount card) and full details can be found at www.gooutdoors.co.uk/scouts. To obtain the discount take along proof of membership - such as your group scarf.