Necessary equipment

120px-NewUniformAll scouts will need:

1. The Boy Scout Handbook – this will be provided to the boy by the troop at their first meeting, if they don’t already have one.

2. A Field (“Class A”) uniform. This is the official uniform as defined in the Boy Scout Handbook, and consists of:

  • A tan scout shirt (you may want to purchase a bit large so it can last a few years)
  • Troop 106 number patches
  • A world crest patch
  • Green shoulder loops (epaulets)
  • A Troop 106 neckerchief (this will be given to him when he reaches Tenderfoot rank)
  • Olive scout socks
  • Olive scout pants (convertible, synthetic, “switchbacks” are great)
  • A patrol patch, once the scout is assigned to a patrol
  • A Mohegan Council shoulder patch
  • A Boy Scout belt
  • A Boy Scout hat (optional)
  • A merit badge sash (not necessary until merit badges are attained)
  • The Arrow of Light award, if earned
  • Their current Rank badge. This will be provided to the boy by the troop.

Here is a good guide on patch placement.

3. An Activity (Class “B”) uniform. This is worn for outdoors activities where the Field uniform would be inappropriate. It consists of:

  • Troop 106 activity shirt
  • Olive Scout pants or shorts
  • Scout socks
  • A Boy Scout belt

Most of these items can be purchased at a local Scout Store. The Troop 106 specific items (t-shirts and neckerchiefs) are maintained by the Troop.

4. Other necessary equipment (for outdoor activities):

  • Daypack or backpack, as appropriate
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Good boots for hiking & outdoor activities
  • Good socks
  • Compass
  • Pocketknife
  • Mess kit
  • First aid
  • 50′ of paracord

Here’s a complete checklist.

Some good gear selection guides can be found on Boy’s Life.