Making sleepovers, camping and other residential as fun as possible

Helping you to make sure your young person has the right gear

As your young person moves through each of the sections, they’ll enjoy all sorts of nights away experiences, with sleepovers in Beavers and Cubs where your young person will sleep inside a tent in an indoor setting, to overnight camps for all sections, where they’ll enjoy overnight residential trips involving sleeping in the great outdoors in tents, as well as in cabins and other settings.

Our sections will be planning to organise at least one nights away experience over a weekend per term, as well as hikes and other adventures in the great outdoors. For our older members, this will involve outdoor cooking, as we teach them skills that will help them become self-sufficient away from home.  It’s really important that your young person learns to pack their own equipment themselves too. For younger members, it’s a good idea to collect everything and place it on a bed, and get them to pack their bag themselves. This helps them to know where everything is in their bag, as you won’t be there to help them find things when they’re at camp.

Our Kit List below shows everything that your young person will need while they’re away from home. Having good quality kit that’s comfortable and will keep your young person dry in all conditions can help make all the difference between just enjoying themselves, and loving being in the great outdoors. 

Things everyone needs for a great nights away experience

It's not an exhaustive list, but this list will help you think about the stuff you need to bring with you
  • Uniform
  • Sweaters jumpers or hoodies
  • T-shirts or polo shirts
  • Breathable base layer
  • Micro-fleece mid-layer
  • Trousers and /or shorts (not denim)
  • Spare underwear (one per day)
  • Spare walking socks (one per day)
  • Pyjamas or nightwear
  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof layered jacket
  • Swimwear and towel (microfibre preferred)
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal wash kit and face towel
  • Teddy (maximum of one, please)
  • Scarf, hat and gloves
  • Sun hat, suncream and sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (3 season minimal)
  • Foam roll mat
  • Plate, bowl, mug and KFS (cutlery)
  • Tea Towel
  • Small torch or head torch
  • Spare batteries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Day sack (up to 20L)
  • Rucksack (45L to 60L recommended)
  • Refillable drinks bottle
  • Bin bag for dirty clothes

Make sure your young person’s stuff is clearly labelled
All items should have your young person’s name on them so that we can return lost and misplaced items to their owners as quickly and as easily as possible. 

No jeans or joggers
If your young person gets wet, they need to be wearing clothing, such as Scouts Activity Trousers or good walking trousers, that are comfortable and will dry quickly.

No suitcases, haul bags, cargo packs or hold-all style bags
Your young person needs to be able to comfortably carry all their gear on their back. Investing in and looking after a good quality 40-plus-litre rucksack will see your young person all the way through their journey from Beavers to Explorers and beyond.

Kit Purchasing Guide

We’ve done some research and have some tried-and-tested favourites

It’s important to make sure you buy the right gear for the right purposes. You don’t need to worry about buying tents, but investing in a set of good quality kit can make all the difference and ensure that you don't just enjoy going camping, but that you can’t wait until your next adventure.

Don’t forget, as a Scout or an Adult Volunteer, you’re entitled to a range of discounts at various retailers, such as GoOutdoors, where Scouts are entitled to 10% off the Discount Card price (doesn't usually apply to offers). Just take your necker as proof of your involvement, to receive your discount.

Item Recommended Kit
Beavers/Cubs Scouts/Explorers
Nights Away Kit

Investing in a good quality 40 to 60 litre rucksack will
pay off throughout your young person's Scouting
adventure, all the way from Beavers through to
Explorers and beyond.

HiGear Nepal 65 (£)
OEX Vallo 60+10 (££)
Berghaus Trailhead (£££)

Rucksack Liner
While you can buy a specific waterproof rucksack
liner, a good, heavy duty black refuse sack works just
as well, and costs a fraction of the price.
Black Bin Liner (£)
Heavy Duty Rubble Sack (££)
OEX Drysac (£££)
Sleeping Bag
We recommend a good sleeping bag with a minimum
2-3 season rating and comfort temperature down to
3°C. If you're a cold sleeper, get a 3-4 season bag.
HiGear Spirit Junior 300 (£)
Vango Starlight Junior 250S (££)
Vango Ultralight Pro 300 (£££)
Vango Nitestar 225 (£)
OEX Roam 300 (££)
Vango Ultralight Pro 300 (£££)

Roll Mat
We recommend a good quality, thick, foil-backed
foam roll mat over self-inflating mats. Keep the ties
so that it can be rolled up and stored with your

Freedom Trail 6mm Foam Camping Mat (£)
Hi-Gear Military Foam Sleeping Mat (££)
Multimat Trecker Thermal Mat (£££)
Head Torch
A good quality head torch will help to light the way
ahead and keep your hands free to do other things.
Just remember not to shine it in everyone’s faces!
HiGear Mini Evo 3 LED Head Torch (£)
Coleman CXHT+200 LED Headlamp (££)
Petzl Tikka Headlamp (£££)
Mug, Plate and Bowl
A good, hardy mug, plate and bowl that you can
bring to camp, and take on hikes away. Make sure
you mark your items with your name or initials.
HiGear Plastic Bowl, Plate and Cup (£)
HiGear Enamel Bowl, Plate and Cup (££)
Lifeventure Titanium Bowl, Plate and Cup (£££)
KFS (Knife, Fork and Spoon) Cutlery Set
Get a good quality KFS that links together (and can
be wrapped in your tea towel). Asking someone to
engrave your initials into your KFS is a good idea.
HiGear Heavy Duty KFS Set (£)
Lifeventure Ellipse KFS Set (££)
Lifeventure Titanium KFS Set Camping Cutlery (£££)
Expedition and Hikes Away Kit
Once we’ve taught them how to read a map, a good
quality compass will ensure your young person
always knows which way they’re heading.
- not required until Scouts - HiGear Deluxe Map Compass (£)
Silva Ranger Compass (££)
Silva Expedition 4 Compass (£££)
Mess Tin or Cooking Pot Set
For Scouts and Explorers who are going on an
Expedition or Expedition Training weekend, a Mess
Tin or Cooking Pot Set will be essential.
- not required until Scouts - HiGear Aluminium Mess Set (£)
Hi Gear 2 Person Cook Set (££)
MSR Titan Camping Kettle (£££)
Personal First Aid Kit
For Scouts and Explorers who are going on an
Expedition or Expedition Training weekend, a
personal first aid kit will be essential.
- not required until Scouts - HiGear First Aid Kit 1 (11 Items) (£)
Lifesystems Trek Kit (££)
Lifesystems Waterproof Kit (£££)