Special guidelines and rules for Troop 270 activities:
- Always bring a complete change of clothing (2 in wet weather) packed in zip-lock or weatherproof bags.
- Always bring several pairs of dry socks in waterproof bags.
- Boots-above-the-ankle is preferred footwear.
- Cameras are allowed, at Scout's own risk - consider the waterproof, disposable cameras.
- Always bring a ground cloth, poncho (or raincoat of some type), and work gloves.
- Always bring the Scout Handbook, notepad, and pencil.
- Come prepared for the weather, and come prepared for fun! Sports equipment is welcome unless it interferes with the individual's or the patrol's participation in the patrol and troop activities.
- If a Scout is on any prescribed medication, place the medication in an envelope with complete instructions and give to the adult leader in charge of the campout. It is the Scout's responsibility to go to the adult leader when it is time to take medication; the adult leader is only responsible for keeping track of the medications.
- Scouts should write their name on everything they bring, include the Troop number if it is a council or district activity where other Troops will be present - such as summer camp.
- The Class A uniform is always worn to and from camp and for Sunday chapel.
- Never bring personal phones, radio's, TV's, or electronic games (these are allowed for in-car use only on long trips if the Scout has permission from the driver of the vehicle in which he is riding - if in doubt ask the adult leader in charge of the trip)
- Never bring any knives other than those approved under BSA guidelines. Troop 270 specifically prohibits large sheath knives. In most cases knives with blades no longer than three inches are adequate for camping.
- Never bring an axe or hatchet of any kind. Scouts who are trained and qualified having earned their “Paul Bunyan Woodsman Award” and have permission of the Scoutmaster may use Axes/hatchets. This being stated, axes and hatchets may only be used by Scouts in an “axe yard”.
- Never bring soda, candy, or snacks on any of the camp outs. This attracts ants and varmints and is potentially dangerous. Chewing gum on hikes is OK if trash and litter do not become a problem. If it does, gum will be added to the "don't" list.
- Never go on a camp out without required daily medications taken or brought. Parents will be called to bring the medication out to the campout location.
Frequent questions about this policy:
Q: If 5 scouts from one patrol attend a camp out what are the sleeping arrangements?
A: The scouts use 3 tents. In tent #1, two scouts sleep and store their gear. In tent #2, three scouts sleep. In tent #3, the three scouts store their gear.
Q:What if I am the only one from my patrol that shows up for a camp out?
A:In this case you will be assigned to another patrol for this event and will sleep with them. Next time, please encourage your patrol mates to participate!
Q:Can I go for a walk by myself?
A:NO, while on troop outings you are to be with a buddy at all times, this includes trips to the restroom.
Q:Do I need to be with my buddy to walk around the Patrol campsite?
A:No, only when you are leaving the Patrol area or after “lights out”.
Q:My father/mother is coming to the camp out, can I sleep with them?
A:No. While BSA policy does not expressly forbid this, it is discouraged. Troop policy is the Patrol method and you can not support or experience what your patrol does if you are not with your patrol.