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Manhattan Beach, CA
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  March 23, 2018

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Weekend Hikemaster's Handbook

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Personal Equipment

Each participant is required to provide their own personal equipment as described in the "Weekend Hike Personal Equipment Checklist". Usually a pack inspection is done the meeting before the hike for any first time Scouts. Make sure the weight of their gear is reasonable and they are not taking things that are not part of the standard equipment list. It may be OK to be missing a couple of things as long as it does not compromise safety. After the first inspection for each hiker, no inspections are done for weekend hikes.

As a quick check before leaving the Scout House, ask each person if they have - a sleeping bag, ground pad, wool hat, sweater, and wind breaker. If they have at least those, they can be taken safely on the trip. If they are missing something like their spoon - they won't have as much fun, but they will learn to be prepared.

It is OK for Scouts to bring their handbook on the shorter trips if advancement is planned and they are physically mature enough to carry the extra weight. Otherwise, they may want to copy the advancement page they are working on, so the weight is only one sheet of paper.

Hikemaster's Pack

Depending on the hikemaster, you might find some of the following items in his pack. These are above and beyond the normal checklist items.

Safety:A more complete set of topo maps for the area
Super bright search light
Heavy duty space blanket which doubles as a tarp
Extra pair of eye glasses
Water pump
Handy:Spare backpack rings and pins
Extra large trash bag
Good tweezers
Good scissors
5-10 feet of duct tape
Fun:Fishing gear
Astronomy charts showing the planets for that week
Various edible treats for everyone
Advancement:Lashing ropes
Extra compass
Axe sharpening stone
Plaster for molds of animal tracks
Plant and tree guide book

Troop Equipment

The troop will supply the following for all backpacking hikes:

Tents - The troop has good three-season tents. Two Scouts can share a troop tent, saving weight and backpack space. This is strongly recommended.

Stoves and fuel

Cook kits (pots and pans)

Frying pan (if needed)

Large water bottles for cooking

Water purifying supplies

Group first aid kit (this is in addition to the personal first aid kit)


If multiple hikes are planned for one weekend, check with the Troop Quartermaster to make sure the required equipment will be available.

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