Camping Resources



Tents come in all sorts of styles and varieties.  For Cub Scout camping, you won't be camping very often...1-3 times per year.  Therefore, it isn't necessary to purchase a specialty tent... any basic tent that you already own will likely be fine.  However, if you need to purchase a new tent, here are some recommendations:


Pack 60 Leader Recommendations

These gear have been purchased and used by Pack 60 Leaders





Sleeping Bags

Most Cub Scout camping will occur in warm months. A 3 season sleeping bag will be sufficient. Please remember that the degree rating on sleeping bags is a survival rating, it doesn't promise comfort! A 40 degree bag will keep you alive at 40 degrees, but you might not enjoy it! A 20 degree bag is good "all around" rating in Minnesota for three season of camping. If you find yourself camping in hot weather, just bring a cotton bed sheet from home to use as a liner. For a complete guide on choosing a sleeping bag, check out this article from REI.

Pack 60 Leader Recommendations


Many cub scouts will simply bring a pillow from home or purchase a small travel-sized pillow. These are all great! We have included a premium suggestion if you are in the market for a backpacking style of pillow.

Pack 60 Leader Recommendations

Premium: Nemo Fillo - $45

Sleeping Pads

DO NOT OVERLOOK THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR SLEEPING PAD! The job of the sleep pad is to keep your comfortable and warm. Sleeping on an air mattress may sound comfortable, but air does not insulate you and you will be significantly colder than if you choose a material that offers insulation. Sleeping pads are measured in their ability to prevent heat loss, which is called R-Value. Check out this article to learn more, but basically the higher the number, the better a pad is at insulating.  Look for a pad with an R Value of between 2-3.9 for Minnesota three-season camping. This will keep you warm to approximately 32 degrees at night.

Pack 60 Leader Recommendations

Budget: Thermarest RidgeRest Classic - $32
Budget: Thermarest Trail Scout - $75
Premium: Thermarest ProLite Apex - $135



Have you ever heard the saying, "Cotton Kills"? While that could be true in certain situations, the reality is that it is also very uncomfortable in camping settings and should be avoided. You don't need the most expensive outdoor clothing on the market to camp. Just stick to synthetic clothing materials and stay away from cotton. This applies to all of your layers - pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks. Cotton doesn't insulate when it gets wet, it doesn't dry quickly, and doesn't wick moisture away from your skin. Our Pack 60 Class B t-shirts are moisture-wicking for this reason and are a great item to bring! 

Rain Gear

We recommend rain pants and jackets, but ponchos are often used throughout cub scout camps. Just try to avoid using garbage bags!


Head lamps are generally better than handheld flashlights. If you want to take your headlamp up a notch, consider one that comes with a "red light" setting. Red lighting preserves your night vision and doesn't blind your friends!

Bug Repellant

The short of it is that Deet works, but anything over 30% is completely unnecessary.  If you want an interesting read, this write-up on Reddit is one of the most concise and clear explanations of repellant options I have seen. A bug net can help too if you want to avoid putting chemicals on.


You won't have electricity at Cub Scout Camps. Fans sold at camping stores tend to be nearly worthless for the meager amount of air they move and the tremendous amount of batteries they take. There are some intriguing rechargeable options on Amazon that have recently come to the market but I haven't tested them yet. My favorite tip is if you already own rechargeable tools, check to see if your manufacturer builds a battery powered shop fan. My 9 Amp Hour battery for my cordless weed whacker and blower runs my fan for an entire weekend. Even in high heat, I find myself turning the fan down from getting too cold, which is a great problem to have on a warm summer night!

DeWalt Cordless Jobsite Fan ($99) plus 9 Ah FlexVolt Battery ($239, but I primarily use the battery for my yard tools when I'm not camping so I don't view this as a camping expense)


Large Rubbermaid totes are an easy way to store camping gear so that it is all in one place when it is time to camp.