These are items every Cub Scout should carry in his personal gear when going on hikes or campouts:
On any hike or campout with the den or pack. By encouraging Cub Scouts to pack and carry their own personal gear items, you’re preparing them for Boy Scouts.
For convenience — and to make sure no item gets lost — each Cub Scout should carry his Six Essentials in a small fanny pack or backpack.
Cub Scout leaders should emphasize that these are tools, not toys, and should be used only when needed.
Den leaders should bring a sample set of the Six Essentials to a den meeting before the pack’s/den’s big hike or campout.
Adults should explain the importance of each item and what qualities a Cub Scout should look for in each.
For example, you might outline the difference between a flashlight and headlamp, discuss what items go into a first-aid kit, and talk about what goes into a healthy trail snack.
Acknowledgement: This posting is based on an 8/8/17 posting on Bryan on Scouting.
Page updated 8/25/17