Frequently Asked Questions - Personal Equipment
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Generally a DEET based spray or cream is the most effective at repelling mosquitoes. Check if is the kind safe to use on skin, or only on clothes. Lost Valley is also rich in the white sage plant which is a traditional fragrant bug repellant used by the native Americans. There are also ammonia or vinegar based “After The Bite” products that can ease the itching.
YES. Marking all clothes and equipment at a Scout camp is always a good idea so if you forget or lose it, it can find you. We average 6 to 8 lost and found items at every assembly, often hats and water bottles.
Shoes, socks, Scout shorts, plain white t-shirts and a shady hat.
The uniform for assemblies and breakfast and dinner meals is the Scout’s usual field uniform (aka Class A) including (shady) hat, shirt, pants, belt and socks. NYLT neckerchiefs will be issued at camp. Unit and rank patches no longer need to be removed. Award medals and pocket hangers are best left at home so they don’t get lost at camp. Scout shorts are highly recommended for comfort, though long Scout pants or convertibles can be worn. The uniform is Scout shorts. If long pants are needed for special situations contact the Administrator for approval.
The course has several elements which will require walking/hiking on trails in hilly areas up to 5 miles. The regular tennis shoe or sneaker is not stiff enough to prevent rolling an ankle on uneven terrain often causing sprained ankles and other injuries. You can wear a full boot, though many prefer the lighter ventilated trail shoe type. No tennis or sport shoes please.
Participants should have 2 trash bags to store their extra clothing and equipment in their tent at base camp so they don’t need to carry everything on the backpack trip.
Yes, to carry their study materials, pens, pencils, sunscreen, chapstick etc. to the sessions.
Participants experience a 5 mile hike with about 1,000 ft of elevation change and an overnight campout as a backpacking trip. They will need to carry their jacket, sleeping back, ground tarp and pad, and a share of the patrol food and cooking utensils. A daypack is generally not of sufficient size and duffle bags are not well suited for backpacking.
This does two things:
- It avoids the issue of inappropriate t-shirts and
- It makes it very easy to distinguish NYLT participants from summer camp participants who usually wear troop t-shirts.
There are no laundry facilities available.