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Worried About Packing for Camp?

posted Jun 13, 2018, 7:10 AM by Scout Master

What to Bring

Other than some basic items, different people and units will bring different items with them. A good exercise is to think about your perfect week at camp, and bring the items that you see in your mental picture. If you want to spend the afternoon fishing on the edge of the lake, don’t forget your fishing rod and tackle box. To help keep you from forgetting those all important items, we have a list below to help you when you are packing.

Personal Equipment

  • Complete Scout uniform
  • T-shirts
  • shorts or long pants
  • swim trunks
  • any Merit Badge-specific clothing
  • underwear
  • socks
  • insect repellent
  • Footware for Boating
  • hat, if desired
  • sweater or jacket
  • extra shoes or boots
  • poncho or rain gear
  • notebook and pencil or pen
  • Scout Handbook
  • merit badge pamphlets (if needed)
  • watch (very important)
  • washcloth and towel
  • toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. No glass bottles)
  • flashlight with new batteries
  • sleeping bag or sheets & blankets
  • alarm clock (optional)
  • disc golf disc (optional)
  • pocketknife
  • footlocker or suitcase or backpack
  • laundry bag
  • hand sanitizer

Unit Equipment

  • Unit flag
  • First aid kits
  • Patrol flags
  • Bow saws
  • Lanterns
  • Rope
  • Extra plastic
  • Brooms
  • Water hose

What Not to Bring to Camp

Personal rifles or other firearms, ammunition, and bows, including paintball guns, are not allowed in camp; only those supplied by the Shooting Sports area are to be used. Sheath knives with blades longer than 4” are also not allowed at camp. Any such equipment brought to camp must be delivered to the Camp Director when the unit checks in; it will be returned when the unit checks out. In addition, no pets of any kind are allowed at camp; this is policy of the Boy Scouts of America and includes visitors. 

Finally, we strongly recommend that items such as mobile phones, radios, music players, electronic games, and other electronic devices not be brought to camp. Summer camp is an outdoor experience, and these items are not appropriate to that experience. Camps are not responsible for personal or Unit items that are damaged, lost or stolen. 

Have Scouts bring a footlocker or locking suitcase and provide an extra key for the unit leader. That way, if one key is lost, the spare one will be stored safely. With the heat and humidity of June and July, it would be advisable to have a change of clothing for each day of the week. Cell phones for Scouts are not necessary. Considering that there are no provisions to charge them and that reception is weak at best, Scouts are advised to leave them at home.

UCAN Eagle Project Opportunities

posted Jun 12, 2018, 10:52 AM by Scout Master

Urban Community AgroNomics has a number of potential Eagle Projects requested. Click on this link for their Contact information and to inquire about ways you can help! A sample of requested projects is attached.

Reed Gold Mine Camping Trip

posted Jun 7, 2018, 8:30 AM by Scout Master

Troop 400 will be camping on the Reed Gold Mine State Historic site property September 21-23rd. Scouts will have the opportunity to also earn the Mining in Society merit badge, taught on site. This is a great opportunity to camp in a unique historical site, and to earn a rare merit badge, all in one weekend!

Signups are available on the Troop Events Page. Please note- there is a separate Merit Badge signup, as space is limited to 20 Scouts for the class.

Memorial Day Service

posted May 23, 2018, 8:31 AM by Scout Master   [ updated May 23, 2018, 8:32 AM ]

Image result for memorial dayDurham Scouts will place flags on veterans' graves, Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Park Service Hours will be awarded for participation, please wear your Class A uniform. Signup here.

Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge

posted May 11, 2018, 9:17 AM by Scout Master   [ updated May 16, 2018, 11:13 AM ]


May 22 at 6:30 PM in the Scout Room

Taught by:

Mr. James

Scouts should do the following prior to this meeting:

·              Learn about the following disabilities awareness terms: disability, accessibility, adaptation, accommodation, invisible disability, and person-first language.
·              Learn why proper disability etiquette is important, and how it may differ depending on the specific disability.
·              Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational activity. 
·              Week 2, on May 29, we will have a speaker come in to cover requirement 3 b.
·              This merit badge will also include the opportunity for a field trip.
·               Other details for the remaining meetings will be sent soon.  If interested, please contact Wil James.
·              This is a great badge to earn and not available often.

Kerr Lake Boat Camping

posted May 4, 2018, 5:45 AM by Scout Master   [ updated May 4, 2018, 5:48 AM ]

Hemric Scout Reservation
Troop 400 will be headed to Hemric Scout Reservation on the weekend May 19th-20th. This will be a boat-in camping trip, and all Scouts will need to pack as if they were backpacking. We will not be cooking as patrols, so Scouts will need to plan their own food, as if they were backpacking.

Boat camping requires a few different needs than a typical backpacking trip. See the details below for how to keep you and your gear dry, and to have a good time.


  • Meet at the Scout Shed Saturday the 19th at 7:30 AM, and depart by 8:00 AM.

  • Drive to Longwood State Park (about an hour drive) and leave vehicles and boat trailers at the boat ramp

  • Canoe to Hemric Island, set up camp, and have lunch

  • Play, have fun, eat dinner, and campfire.

  • Eat Breakfast, break camp, paddle back to Longwood State Park, and depart home.

To Pack:

Gear Dry Storage Options:

    • Drybags are nice. There are some good ones available on Amazon:

    • 5 gallon Buckets with lids (from Lowes or Home Depot) work well. Two of them should hold clothes, food, and a sleeping bag

    • 2 gallon Ziplock bags in day back and day pack in trash bag

Personal Gear:

    • Shoes that can get wet, and an additional pair of shoes

    • Sleeping Bag

    • Tent  (recommend Scouts double up in tents, or hammock solo)

    • Flash light

    • Change of clothes & socks (swimming shorts or board shorts work well and dry quickly when paddling).

    • Sweatshirt/Fleece for windy conditions/night

    • Backpack stove and pot for cooking

    • Hat and Sunscreen

Food Suggestions:

  • Breakfast

    • Packaged oatmeal, breakfast bars, grits, granola, dehydrated eggs, pancake mix, dry cereal, instant tea or coffee, powdered milk, juice, fresh fruit, dried fruits.

  • Lunch

    • Jerky, dried fruit, fig bars, bagels, tuna or chicken in a bag, energy bars, nuts, smoked sausage, cheese and crackers

  • Dinner

    • Packaged meals, pasta, instant rice, ramen noodles, instant soups and sauces, instant stuffing, instant potatoes and tuna.

    • Consider bringing along some favorite spices (onion and garlic powder, basil, oregano).  Quesadillas are super easy: pack in cheese and tortillas. Warm, gooey cheese is phenomenal after a day in the cold. We like to throw in some packaged protein (chicken is great) and add that into the mix.

Service Hours Opportunity!

posted Mar 29, 2018, 7:17 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:18 AM ]

Please signup here to help with the Duke Memorial Preschool Spring Carnival, on April 14th!

Camporee T-Shirt Orders!

posted Mar 22, 2018, 6:40 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 6:41 AM ]

Please use the form below to order T-shirts for the 2018 Camporee. The Troop will process the order for Scouts have completed the form and who have paid for their shirts by the April 3rd Troop Meeting.

2018 Camporee T-shirt Orders

Camp Raven Knob

posted Mar 6, 2018, 6:55 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 6:57 AM ]

We'll be going to Camp Raven Knob July 8-14. The cost is $330 per Scout. A $150 deposit is due by March 13, as are merit badge selections. Please email with questions.

Camp Durant!

posted Feb 28, 2018, 8:23 AM by Scout Master   [ updated Feb 28, 2018, 8:25 AM ]

Camp Durant

Camp Durant summer camp will be June 24-30. Cost is $300 per scout. An information meeting will be held in the next few weeks to get paperwork and merit badge selections started. We have 8 scouts signed up, but there is room for more. If you have questions, please email!

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