Camping with Pack 9 Cub Scouts

Fall 2020 / Spring 2020

Due to ongoing restrictions concerning COVID-19, we will be adjusting our camping schedule. More details to come.

Pack 9’s camping style is family friendly! A parent or guardian must camp with his or her Scout. Siblings/families are welcome. You never have to go too far from your car to reach the campsites that Pack 9 frequents. If you’ve never camped before or if it’s been a long time, pack families with camping experience are more than happy to help you figure out what to bring.


The Pack covers site costs and most activity fees, while individual families pay for admission to state parks ($5/person 13 years old or older, or by using the Texas State Parks Pass). At most campouts, each family brings its own meals, though some dens like to plan a joint meal (dinner or breakfast). Others like to decide ahead of time who will bring smore ingredients and the all-important coffee.

When and Where Do We Camp?

We will typically camp 3-4 times during the school year. We will start off with a campout in September or October, followed by a campout in December (Webelos may camp at NASA/Johnson Space Center). Usually the December campout will see us “camping” on either the USS Lexington (an aircraft carrier docked at Corpus Christi), the USS Texas (a World War I-era battleship docked in Houston), or at another location. With the USS Texas temporarily out-of-commission, we will probably camp on the USS Lexington every two years, alternating with other locations. February usually sees us camping at Camp Mabry in West Austin with Troop 9, and possibly other troops and packs. We will camp again, usually in April, at a state park. For a list of past sites that we’ve camped at, see our About page.

Can’t Stay Overnight?

If the campsite is not too far away and you can’t stay overnight, you and your Scout can come out for the afternoon, dinner and campfire, or join the Pack on Sunday morning.

Cub Scout Outdoor/Hiking Essentials

The following “Cub Scout Outdoor Essentials” list is from the Boy Scouts of America, who says, “The following items should be available for each Cub Scout on an outdoor trip. Consider a small fanny pack or similar bag to organize the items and make them easy to carry without interfering with normal activities:”

  • First-aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Trail food
  • Sunscreen
  • Whistle

Overnight/Camping Supplies

  • Tent or tarp, poles, stakes
  • Ground cloth/sheet/tarp (under tent)
  • Sleeping bag, pillow
  • Pad (under sleeping bag) or air mattress
  • Rain gear
  • Warm jacket, sweatshirt, sweatpants (depending on weather)
  • Cup, bowl, knife, fork, spoon, mesh bag
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, washcloth, towel, comb
  • Scout uniform
  • Change of clothes/extra clothing
  • Durable shoes or boots
  • Hat or cap

Optional Camping Items

  • Camera or binoculars (or both)
  • Sunglasses
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Nature books
  • Swimsuit, bath towel, water shoes
  • Fishing gear
  • Lantern, camp stove, cooking implements, dishpan, clean-up items

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