Here’s a checklist of things to bear in mind for planning a great campout:
Where will you be going? Think about who will drive, and make sure you have sufficient adult leadership for the number of youth attending.
What is the timing? Consider the distance and time commitment you’re asking of the adults. Schedules fill quickly, so get your Campout on the calendar well in advance of the event. Is your just going for one night, you’ll still have to takeout as much equipment as you would need for two or three, but not as much food.
Equipment? Bring your tent, sleeping bag and pillow, and don’t forget the camp chair. A water bottle is also a necessity, and be prepared with a rain gear and a flashlight. You’ll need something to cook food on, but with planning you can take more or less stuff. Maybe it’s all backpacking food, or Dutch Oven, or maybe you want to bother with the full camp kitchen. Throw in some cleanup equipment, hand sanitizer, and your mess kit.
What will you be doing on your camp out? Is it all about the s’mores, water activities, maybe a service project? Don’t forget to pack everything that you need, including the sunscreen!
Check for fire restrictions before you buy on the campfire that night, keep it small and cozy, and have a great time!