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BSA Leave No Trace Master Educator Course

Suggested Gear List

Equipment Item Quantity Description/Comments
Hiking Layer
Hiking boots   Sturdy boots with good ankle support.  
Heavy Socks 2 pr Heavy ragg wool or heavy wool/polypropylene blend. Bring an extra pair if wearing them with sleeping clothes.  
Underwear 2-3 pr    
Hiking Shorts or Convertible Pants 2 pr During nice weather shorts are great but the mornings and evenings can be cool. Convertible pants make a great choice.  
Camp Shoes   Running, tennis, or athletic shoes.  
Long sleeved shirt or sweater   Wool or fleece recommended.  
T-shirt 2 Cotton or lightweight polyester.  
Hat or Cap   A flexible or wide brimmed hat is recommended for protection from the sun.  
Insulating Layers - Cold, Wet, and Windy
Rain Gear - Jacket and Pants   Sturdy, waterproof jacket with a hood. Either coated nylon or breathable fabric (Goretex) is acceptable. Can also be used as an additional clothing layer during cold days. Ponchos are NOT recommended.  
Long sleeved synthetic top 1-2 pr Mid weight synthetic top preferred. Second top can be used for sleeping top if weather is colder.  
Long underwear bottoms 1 pr Mid weight synthetic preferred. Can be worn under hiking shorts on cold days or in conjunction with convertible pants.  
Insulating Vest or Jacket   Polartec 200 weight minimum, but down will also work if kept dry.  
Wind shell - top and bottom   A tight-weave outer layer to block wind. If your rain jacket is breathable, or your jacket has a shell that works. If your pants are nylon, that works.  
Wool or Fleece hat   A warm hat to be worn on cold mornings or to sleep in at night.  
Gloves/Mittens Light weight liners (polypro) and/or wool gloves/mittens  
Pack and Packing
Backpack with padded hip belt **   Large enough to hold your gear plus food and your share of crew gear.  
Waterproof Pack Cover   Waterproof, sized to fit your pack when loaded. Large garbage sacks work great !  
Small Stuff Sacks or Zip Lock Bags   Stuff sacks can be used to organize clothing and other equipment in your backpack. Ziplocks (1 gallon size) can also be used.  
Plastic Trash Bags 2 Heavy-duty lawn and garden bags (33 gallon size) for additional waterproofing as well as extra protection inside bear bags.  
Medium Stuff Sack   Used for bagging individual smellables nightly.  
Sleeping Equipment
Sleeping bag with stuff sack   Sleeping bag rated to 15oF recommended. Down bags OK but will need to be kept dry.  
Sleeping pad**   Full length closed cell or self inflating pad for insulation.  
Sleeping Clothes   Either nylon/gym shorts and cotton T-shirt or long sleeved top - to be worn only when sleeping. Long sleeved polypro tops and bottoms can be substituted during colder weather.  
Tent **   Bring your own tent, but be prepared to share.  
** Pack, pad and tent are available for check out at camp. There is no charge for borrowed equipment, but you will be responsible for returning equipment in the same condition as it was issued. Charges will be assessed for damages, up to the cost of replacement. If you will need to borrow equipment please let us know before the course.
Cooking, Eating
Insulated Mug   12 - 20 oz capacity with a lid preferred.  
Bowl   Plastic or lexan preferred.  
Spoon   Lexan preferred.  
Water Bottles 2 + 2 one-quart capacity water bottles plus at least one quart additional capacity available. Collapsible containers like platypuses are OK, but at least one container needs to be hard shelled.  
Camp Stove and fuel Optional We provide stoves, fuel, water purification, and cooking pots/gear. Participants can also bring their own.  
Water Purification Optional  
Cooking Pots & Gear Optional  
Personal, Miscellaneous
Flashlight/Headlamp   Durable and lightweight.  
Small Pocket knife      
Sunglasses, glasses, contacts & case.      
Sunscreen   Small tube/bottle  
Lip Balm/Chapstick      
Insect Repellant   Small tube/bottle  
Toilet Articles   Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, small towel, tampons, biodegradable soap.  
Cathole trowel   In plastic bag (unscented)  
Toilet Paper   In plastic bag (unscented)  
Individual 1st Aid Kit   We will provide a crew 1st Aid Kit. Bring whatever individual items you may need meds, moleskin, band aids, aspirin, etc.  
Disposable lighters or matches   Carry in a waterproof container.  
Work Glovers   Leather gloves preferred for service work.  
Compass   We'll provide a small topo map of the area.  
Pencil, Journal/Notepad   A small, lightweight pad is OK.  
Materials for your LNT topic presentation      
Optional Items
Camera   Expensive cameras are discouraged.  
Trekking Poles or Hiking Stick      
Spare Batteries / Bulb   For flashlight  
Book   small paperback  
Crazy Creek chair Back support while in the field can improve comfort.  
Pillow   small  
Liner Socks 3 pr Lightweight wick dry socks. Polypropylene, Capilene work great. You will need at least 2 pairs if you wear them in combination with heavy socks for hiking.  
Lash Straps 1-2 pr Recommend straps at least 24" long for lashing additional gear to packs  
Ground Cloth   A waterproof sheet/layer to go between your sleeping pad and the tent floor. Sportsman blankets work well.  
Bandannas/Handkerchiefs 2    
Gaiters 1 pr Work especially well on muddy trails.  
Rope/cord   Approximately 50' of 1/8" nylon/parachute cord.  
Additional Gear for In-Camp
Scout Uniform   For course picture the first afternoon, and in-camp dinners  
Comfortable Clothes   You are encouraged to wear "Class B" while in camp  
Additional set of clean socks, underwear   To change into after we get back from the "field" and showered.  
Plate, fork   Plastic preferred  
Additional sleeping pad Optional Might as well be really comfortable in camp  
Portable/Laptop Computer Optional If you have one  
Jump Drive Optional Bring your  

We Provide
Food All the meals are provided, including trail meals while we are in the backcountry. Participants will carry their food and a share of the crew gear.
Fuel Bottles  
White Gas  
Cook Set  
Cooking Utensils  
Communications device  
Group Medical Kit  
Repair Kit Includes a sewing kit, duct tape, zip ties, etc.
Topo Maps of the area we're hiking  
Rain Fly  
Water Treatment  
Bear Bags, Rope  

For More Information:

For questions about the course:
Toby Green, Lead Instructor
Outdoor Ethics Advocate, BSA Central Region
Mark Hammer, Course Coordinator
Outdoor Ethics Advocate, Longs Peak Council
970 669-1034

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