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This portion of our Website is dedicated to Scouting, camping, backpacking and to those that enjoy the outdoors. We will be sharing resources and experiences as time permits.

Camping and Backpacking List

Have you ever gone camping and/or backpacking and discovered that you forgot your tent poles or stakes or toiletries, etc.? The purpose of this Microsoft Excel (97-2003) spreadsheet is to help prevent that from happening. The list is ultra-customizable and by using the filters included with the spreadsheet and adding your own criteria you can decide what you will take based on whether you’re going Camping and/or Backpacking. Filtering is also based on whether you’re taking a 1 day trip, a 2 to 3 day trip or a week-long trip. You can also filter for Warm, Mild or Cold weather. Click here to download and let us know what you think. Note: This list can also be expanded to make sure your Scout Trailer is stocked and ready to go!

Update: On May 10, 2011 changed where filters are placed so that the column titles do not have to be selected. An Excel 2003 user informed me that the filter function for 2003 does not work the same as 2007 and later. For this reason Column A, "Camping/Backpacking," should be filtered by Excel 2003 users using the "Custom" filter function. Instructions have been updated.

Scout's Own Service

The Scout's Own Service (SOS) is an interfaith service put on by Scouts or Scouters. Along with assistance from other Scouters I've put together two SOS pamphlets using Microsoft Word (97-2003). The pamphlet can be changed to add or remove whatever passages and/or hymns you want. After printing on an 8 1/2 x 11 page, fold it in half to make the finished pamphlet. Click here to download the first SOS and let us know what you think. Click here to download the second SOS and let us know what you think.

Update: On May 23, 2011 two SOS files were contributed by Tom O'Brien and uploaded to this site - thank you Tom! Click here to view Tom's SOS for Scouts. Click here to view the SOS Tom developed for Outdoor Leaders Skills.

On YouTube

We have a Marmot Sanctum four-season tent review on YouTube, and a video showing how you can set-up your screened tent in the rain without getting the inside wet. This can be done with most tents that have a full rain fly and have a clip system for attaching the tent to the poles (versus a tent where you have to put the poles through sleeves attached to the tent). I'm sure more videos will be added in the future.

Marmot Sanctum tent review:


How to setup your screened tent in the rain - the demonstration was done using a Marmot Limelight 2 tent: 


Gear Manufacture, Maintenance and Repair

Want to know how to make your own sleeping bag liner or tent foot print, or how to fix a broken tent pole or how to get rid of foul odors in your tent? Backpacker Magazine has a great multi-page site on how to make, maintain and repair your gear. Here's the link:


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