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. Label ALL clothes and equipment. Hats, water bottles, and mess kits are the most commonly lost items.
Shoes, socks, scout shorts, plain white t-shirts and a hat which provides protection from the sun.
The uniform for assemblies, breakfast and dinner meals is the Scout’s usual field uniform (aka Class A) including hat, shirt, shorts, belt and socks. NYLT neckerchiefs will be issued at camp. Award medals and pocket hanger patches should be left at home. The uniform requires Scout shorts. If long pants are needed for special situations, contact the Course Director for approval.
Hiking boots or shoes are an NYLT uniform requirement for all staff and participants.
The course requires walking/hiking on trails in hilly areas up to 5 miles. Tennis shoes, skate shoes, and other sneakers are not stiff enough to prevent injuries.
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.