Choosing great gifts for Scouts or Scouters can be a challenge, here’s some of my personal favorites:
Rayovac Sportsman’s Lantern
Rayovac Sportsman’s Lantern on Amazon
25 Stormproof matches and 3 strikers in a waterproof container. Unlike other “waterproof” or “windproof” matches, UCO Stormproof Matches are easy to light even after being submerged in water, and stay lit for up to 15 seconds.
Storm Matches on Amazon
I carry a kit like this on every camping trip. I rarely have to use anything in it but I can throw it in my pack and I know it’s there of I have no other options
“Contingencies” (someone forgot a flashlight, wet weather makes fire building difficult, etc.) are much more common than actual emergencies on Scouting trips. I recommend a first-aid kit supplemented with a few other items on the ‘ten essentials’ list.
This kit is your Scout’s ‘air bag’ – it’s essential but you hope, like the air bag in your car, you’ll never need it.
While it is possible to assemble a first aid kit from things you have around the house or pick up at the pharmacy, I’ve found that a carefully chosen pre-made kit is usually cheaper.
Coghlan’s Trek II First Aid Kit is packed in a durable zippered pouch, add these items to build a great contingency kit.
- Spare flashlight, I recommend the Streamlight Nano
- Spare whistle, I like this one.
- Trail food, a couple of granola or energy bars.
- Matches like the storm matches above, and fire starters.
Dutch Oven Cooking
If you aren’t cooking in a dutch oven you are missing a lot of fun and some great food! Now nobody is going to carry a dutch oven backpacking; this is a ‘car camping’ option for sure.
If you need to get outfitted here’s what you’ll need and a few things that you may want (note the difference!)
Lodge 8 quart pre-seasoned dutch oven
Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter
|Lodge dutch ovens are the industry standard, it’s hard to beat Lodge for fit and finish.||Do you absolutely need a fancy lid lifter? I use one and would not be without it; it makes things a lot easier.||These Gloves cover your forearms and make handling stuff around the fire much easier. A couple of extra dollars for purpose built gloves is worth it.|
|Lodge dutch oven at Amazon||Lid lifter at Amazon||Welding Gloves at Amazon
Dutch Oven Lid Stand
Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter
Lodge Pan Scrapers
|You can park your lid on another pot or a couple of empty cans but having stand assures you wont soil the inside of the lid or loose the coals on the top.||A couple of crumpled sheets of newspaper on the bottom, charcoal on top, light the paper through the draft holes and you’ll have hot charcoal in a few minutes.||Two polycarbonate Pan Scrapers for cleaning the stuck on food from dutch ovens without scratching. Each corner of the scraper is a different shape to easily clean every crevice or corner.|
|Lid stand at Amazon||Weber 7416 at Amazon||Pan Scrapers at Amazon|
Mountainsmith Lumbar Day Pack
Stoutly made and versatile I use the pack to carry my camera and other gear for short hikes, walks around town, and any other time I need to stow a few things. In fact it makes a great bag for disk golf. The waist belt stows away in its own compartment when using the bag with the detachable shoulder strap.
Load adjusting straps assure I can carry pretty heavy loads (15-20 lbs) without the pack flopping around or sagging. Two mesh water bottle holders hold a 1 qt Nalgene bottle or other gear. The pack has a front compartment and a generously sized main compartment with a zippered pocket that is ideal for stowing a wallet and there’s a clip for keys. There’s also a ticket pocket behind the well-padded back panel. Larger gear can be carried outside of the bag (most often I carry a wet raincoat or a waterproof map case) with an adjustable lashing cord.
Mountainsmith Day on Amazon
Solo Wood Stove
The double-walled Solo Stove is a “natural convection inverted down gas gasifer”. Air intake holes channel air to the bottom of the fire and direct warm air up between the walls creating a burst of preheated oxygen causing a secondary combustion of the gases (smoke) given off by the burning wood.
What it means is the stove turns the wood and gasses given off by the wood into a strong, concentrated, efficient flame that burns like a blowtorch! A generous handful of smallish sticks will boil 32 ounces of water in less than fifteen minutes
Constructed of stainless steel and Nichrome wire the Solo Stove measures a compact 5.7 x 4.25 inches weighs only 9 ounces. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to light and use. A few small (pencil lead sized) twigs and small sticks will fire up a pot of boiling water in minutes Very few embers and ashes are left and the stove cools off quickly.
Solo Stove on Amazon