Clothing low-6.5 high-9.5 Personal Gear low-9.9 high-17.5 Tent Mate Gear low-3.1 high-4.1 Troop Gear (12 hikers) low-3.1 high-3.1 Optional Items low-0 high-6.0 Total Pack Weight low-22.6 pounds high-40.2 pounds (this is crazy high!) Items you wear are not included in the above totals, nor is food weight (estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 pounds per day, per hiker) or water (which adds 3-7 pounds per hiker).

Shorter length pads can be purchased, or longer pads can be cut, to reduce the amount of bulk and weight (head to knee length is sufficient).

Self-inflating pads are not good for Scouts because they can be punctured.

A bag in the low-middle price range filled with synthetic material is recommended.

Down bags are not good because they are ineffective when wet.

The larger the pack, the greater the tendency to fill it with non-essentials.

Waterproof Pack Cover needs to be large enough to protect items strapped to the exterior of the pack.Kits are typically “personalized”, but all kits should include moleskin (for blisters), several adhesive bandages of various sizes, a few gauze pads, adhesive tape, and disinfecting ointment.Save weight by building your own First Aid kit with a Ziplock bag and supplies.the three heaviest things are your backpack, tent, and sleeping bag, so if you want to save a lot of weight invest in these items.There is lots of discussion about the proper amount of weight that a boy can carry safely.The basic rule is wear one set of clothes and pack one change of clothes unless weather is a major consideration.