One of the great things about Cub Scouts is that it introduces kids to camping. In a lot of cases it introduces their parents to camping as well or in my case a reintroduction after a 25+ year layoff. There is nothing more odd than heading off for an overnight stay and not knowing where your bed will be.

If you are one of the adults who are coming to our campout at Sumatanga and this is your first time camping you are not alone. Not to worry, there will be seasoned campers to help you once you get there. Besides, we handle all the cooking.

Let’s get one thing straight, this is family car camping. You will see huge base-camp sized tents and smaller two and three-man tents. Most of these tents will be filed with blow-up mattresses, fans, lamps, whatever it takes to be comfortable. Just don’t expect a power outlet. Don’t have a tent? Start asking around or rent one from one of the outdoor stores in town. Once you do get that tent, setup it a couple of times so you will know what you are doing and that all the pieces are included.

Let’s run down a quick list of things you will want to bring.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping back (or sheets if it is very warm)
  • Camp chair
  • Some kind of padding or mattress
  • Pillow
  • Hiking shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Toiletry items
  • Water bottle

Some other items you may want to include are:

  • Special foods for those with allergies, etc.
  • Camera/Camcorder
  • Bikes
  • Frisbees or other toys
  • Cup or mug

The list could go on an on. Just check out any of the camping checklists that can be found with a quick search on the internet. I found one at REI that will give you a good start.

So don’t worry about your first trip, I have confidence you will do fine. Oh and your kids? They won’t have any problem sleeping out.