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Cold Weather Camping

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Cold Weather Camping

Cold weather camping can be challenging, but we know that learning how to do this is an important developmental opportunity for scouts and a great way to reach resiliency. Those who prepare properly, rarely suffer real discomfort, outside of some cold toes and fingers. So that you are prepared, consider some of our recommendations.

Sleeping Bag, 0 to 20 degree

  • Kelty Cosmic 20 Degree 500 Down Fill. 2 lbs, great for backpacking. $169.95
  • Blaze 0 degree is on sale at Hiker’s Direct, but 5 lbs. 5 oz. – $89.99

Sleeping Pad

  • You have to keep off the ground. Closed cell is preferable since it will last longer.

Fleece Sleeping bag Liner – Adds 10-20 degrees to your sleeping bag.


  • Wear layers and remove / add as the weather changes. Synthetic based fabrics are often the best such as Nylon and Polyester (Flannel, Fleece). Avoid Cotton!
  • Warm Coat
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Warm Socks
  • Pants (No Jeans). If extra cold, consider snow pants.
  • Thermal Underwear

A backpack with your ten essentials:

  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Pocket Knife
  • Rain gear / poncho
  • Sun protection
  • Snack
  • Water Bottle
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight / Headlamp
  • Matches / Firestarter.
  • Map and Compass (Map of where you are going)

Come prepared and your scout will be a stronger person and more resilient.

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