Youth Gear and Equipment

Equipment can be built upon as youth move through the different sections. For the packing and maintenance of gear it is important for youth to take a personal responsibility for doing this themselves with parents\guardians checking afterwards if needed. A lot of these items are useful for school camps as well.

Sleeping– for sleepovers and camps youth sleep on stretchers a lot of the time. These need to be off the ground like the type pictured with youth being able to put these up themselves or with a buddy. The ground clearance also enables a gear box to go underneath and keeps the tent tidy. The lower type of stretchers (ones with spring loaded legs or massive folding ones) are not recommended and can be very hazardous. Finally, the sleeping capacity of our larger canvas tents is based around this size of these stretchers.

Rocky Mountain and this can be purchased from Briscoes for $40-$80 when on special.

Longer Camps – a self inflating air mattress or foam roll is recommended also to go on top of the stretcher. This can also then be used for tramping or mobile camps when youth are using the smaller hike tents.

Foam roll for Katmandu
Air mattress (higher cost generally) from Katmandu

Gear Storage – when advised, and mostly for longer camps and regattas, a 60l lower type of storage box should be used for all personal gear. This should fit and go under the stretcher. Also when we “Day Mode’ our big canvas tents, to keep them fresh and aired, all gear and stretchers are moved around the tent each morning so having everything in one box greatly aids this. Sometimes the foam roll or sleeping bag may not fit in, so this is fine for this to come into camp initially in another foldup\temporary bag.

Eating – youth use Ditty Bags, which is a great project for them to make a custom one at home, but any draw string bag will do. The ditty bag holds cutlery, a plate, a bowl and a mug for which every piece should be named or initialed. There should also be a tea towel as on camp youth wash and dry their own dishes, and even the leaders’ ones occasionally. Enamel or metal plates are the best, as cheaper plastic can snap. The size of the plate, bowl and cup needs to be of a good capacity so youth get a proper portion of food on camp. They will be very hungry after busy camp days so a ‘Paw Patrol’ or ‘Wiggles’ junior size bowl isn’t go to cut it. The mug is in addition to a water bottle, so the water bottle is kept hygienic.

A typical ditty bag

Sailing and Boating Gear – for all youth it important to have good water boots. Crocs or jandals will float away, provide poor grip on boats decks and the bare minimum protection from things like oyster shells.

Water boots – Torpedo7 or a boat shop