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Suggested Kit List

Several activities and most of the weekend camps will involve outdoor activities, some of quite a demanding nature. The list below is a suggested minimum kit list that will allow full participation in all activities.

Kit Specification Remarks
Rucksack 60-70 Litre capacity Need to be comfortable carrying 10-20kg for several hours

Advice on adjusting the straps can be got from most outdoor shops or by asking any of the Scout leaders

Daysack 15 to 20 Litre Capacity
Waterproof rucksack liner Minimum 300 gauge plastic For example:

Purpose made rucksack liners
Survival bags
Builders rubble bags
Canoe bags

(Bin liners are not adequate)

Walking boots Should have rubber soles. Mid sole support, adequate ankle support and min 3mm tread.
Long sleeve wicking base layer Should be made purely of man made fibres.

Eg: Polyester, tactel polypropylene NOT VISCOSE

Worn next to the skin to move sweat away from the body.
Long sleeve jumper or jacket Should be made of:
  • Polyester fleece
  • Pile
  • Down
Waterproof & windproof jacket Should be made of breathable fabric of at least 5000g/M 2/24 hours (or >50%) and have taped seams. Pertex jackets can also be used instead of waterproof jackets
Walking trousers Should be full length covering waist to ankle and should not be pure cotton. Jeans are not appropriate.
Walking socks Not cotton or cotton mix with minimal wool. Many people prefer wearing two pairs of socks as this can prevent rubbing and blisters
Warm headwear
Waterproof over trousers Should be made of breathable fabric of at least 5000g/M 2/24 hours (or >50%) and have taped seams.
Sleeping Bag Should have a comfortable temperature rating of at least -0 oC and should be mummy shaped.
Roll mat or self inflating sleeping mat
Torch Should be powered by a minimum of 2 battery cells (3 volts) Should include spare batteries and bulb
Waterbottle Minimum 1 litre
Compass Silva recommended Needs a baseplate, dial and direct of travel needle. Click here for an illustration.
Personal first aid kit

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Link to the 10% voucher.


The Scouts is a uniformed organisation and members are expected to wear their uniform to many activities; you will need one for your investiture which should take place 2-3 months after you join.
You will need the following:

  • Scout Activity Trousers
  • Scout Long Sleeved Shirt
  • Brown Leather Belt and Scout Buckle
  • Woggle
  • 1st Harpenden Necker - 1st Harpenden Green with Gold border
  • Smart shoes

Uniforms are available from the Harpenden and Wheathampstead Scout Shop. This can be found at:

District HQ
Tallents Crescent

OPEN ON SATURDAY MORNINGS 09:00-11:00 during school terms only. See ‘District Scout Shop’ on the Harpenden and Wheathampstead District website.

Alternatively, all Scout Uniforms (except Neckers) can be ordered online via the Scouts website

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