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Expedition Challenge 2019 - Get Kitted Out For Scouting

Young people in scouts spend lots of time outdoors so it's important to have the right equipment to be comfortable and safe, particularly while at camp or on a hike. 

We plan loads of activities ever year and we just can't rely on the British Summertime to deliver us wall to wall sunshine so we've listed some useful advice below for anyone looking to get kitted out for scouts.

We're also running our equipment exchange to help scouts to get kitted out, you can find out more here, it's available for all members to support and use.

Sleeping Bags

We recommend a 3 season sleeping bag like this one from Go Outdoors will keep scouts warm under most conditions, we rarely camp outside before mid March and beyond October so there's no need to go for a really expensive bag.

Mummy style sleeping bags usually offer much more warmth than a caravan style square shape as there's much less air to warm up inside when you go to bed. A reasonable sleeping bag can be a great long term investment and with care can keep a young person warm throughout their scouting career.

Young people may also wish to bring a roll mat to camp, they add a little comfort to the experience and when camping provide a barrier to the cold ground. The key to getting a good night sleep is to get fully changed before going to bed as it ensures you stay nice and warm.

Hiking Boots

Ankle support is really important on long walks and hikes. We recommend a pair of boots like these from Sports Direct as we appreciate that feet can still be growing and a really expensive pair wouldn’t be a great investment. However a visit to Cotswolds for advice is a great idea, they will show you how to lace boots up and make them right for you. It’s also a good idea to buy some thick wool socks to go with them, they're much better for wicking away sweat than cotton.

Rather than investing in hiking boots for beavers and cubs, we recommend some footwear with a bit of water resistance, astro turf football boots or some basic waterproof shoes are much better at keeping feet dry and comfortable than fashion trainers when we're out and about on wet grass.


A set of waterproofs is a must as you can always rely on the British weather to spring a surprise. You don't need the most expensive waterproofs out there, often a pac-a-mac style waterproof can be just what is needed. We recommend a waterproof like this from Regatta as a good base purchase.

Keeping Warm

Scouts don't need any expensive thermals, keeping warm at camp is all about having plenty of layers... packing an extra t-shirt to wear as an extra layer goes a long way, coupled with a water proof to keep out the wind, layering up will keep scouts prepared for almost anything. Where possible avoid cotton, cotton just absorbs sweat and starts to cool you down, especially as night comes and the air cools.

Scout Discount

Most outdoor shops will give a discount to anyone who asks for scout discount. It's worth taking your necker on any shopping trips so that you can make the most of the opportunity. Go Outdoors, Blacks and Cotswolds all offer scout discount.