Melita Packing List

What to Bring to Camp
This is a hybrid packing list based on the standard T400 Backpacking Equipment List, the Camp Melita Island list, and Wise Old Scout experience.

[Note: Eric Lobdell will manage medical forms and will supply blue cards. If you require any prescription meds, please notify Eric in advance.]


Personal Essentials
  • Hiking backpack (if you don't have one, the troop has loaners)
  • Uniform shirt, neckerchief, and slide (plus OA sash if you are a member of OA)
  • T-shirts (red T400 shirt plus others as needed)
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear
  • Socks (several pairs)
  • Jacket/sweatshirt
  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hiking boots
  • Light shoes
  • Large towel (beach towel)
  • Washcloth
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen + lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Tent (required - there are no BSA tents at Melita!)*
  • Sleeping bag
  • Foam pad
  • Water bottle/container
  • Flashlight or headlamp + spare batteries
  • Wristwatch
  • Personal first aid kit with moleskin
  • Pocket knife
  • Notepad and pencils
  • Spending money for activities & Trading Post
  • Scout Handbook
  • Merit Badge prerequisites (work finished before camp if you want to finish it at camp) for the following badges:
    • Swimming (read and bring pamphlet)
    • Lifesaving (read and bring pamphlet)
    • Environmental Science (3, 4, 5)
    • Orienteering (7, 9)
    • Geocaching (7, 8, 9)
    • Camping (8c, 8d, 9a-c)
    • Cooking (4a, 6a, 7)
Optional-Recommended
  • Clothes hanger for uniform shirt
  • Laundry bag
  • Hand towel
  • Pillow
  • GPS
  • Fishing gear (for recreational fishing; camp provides for merit badge)**
  • Camera (this is an allowed electronic item; cannot also be a phone)
  • Sharpening stone
  • Matches
  • Sewing kit
  • Twine or light rope
  • Clothes pins
  • Comb
  • Swim goggles
  • Sealable gallon plastic bag for trash in tent
  • Camp stool
  • Merit badge pamphlets ($4.49 at Scout Shop)

*Scouts below First Class rank must have a tent buddy. We will group into patrols, so try to buddy with someone from your patrol.

**Scouts age 12+ will need a $10 Tribal fishing license if they are taking Fishing or Fly Fishing, or wish to fish recreationally. We will purchase these at Walmart in Polson en route to camp.

***If you want a Scoutmaster to keep your son's return-trip meal money, please seal it in an envelope with his name on it.
Money Needed
  • Meal money for road trip TO camp
  • Meal money for road trip HOME from camp***
  • $10 for fishing license, if needed**
  • Course fee money:
    • Motorboating = $12
    • Water Sports = $12
    • Rifle = $8
    • Archery = $8
    • Basketry/Leather Working/Woodcarving = $5-10/kit
  • Spending money for the Trading Post

Extra Suggestions for Fossils
  • Camp chair
  • Coffee mug
  • Printed copies of Leader Guide and Program Guide
  • Phone charger (usually there are outlets in the lodge)

Items to Leave at Home
  • Electronics
  • Pets
  • Sheath knives
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Tobacco
  • Ammunition