Ottawa 2018

Here are some notes about preparing for our trip to Ottawa. You are responsible for making sure that you have everything you need and that it is properly packed. Your parents must not put things into your backpack for you. You need to know where things are packed so that you can find them quickly.

Times: We are departing the morning of Saturday, March 10 and returning the evening of Wednesday, March 14. Exact departure time and location will be announced shortly.

Food: Bring a packed lunch for drive on Saturday. All other food is included. Our lunch stop will not be at a place where fast "food" is available.

Pack your food in reusable plastic containers. You will use the containers again during the week for your packed lunch each day. Make sure your container can fit a sandwich. Label your containers.

Dress warm: Bring hats and gloves. The typical highs will be just above freezing. Bring a warm jacket, like a fleece, and a compact windbreaker so that you can avoid bringing a full winter coat when you don't need it.

Rain gear: We tour rain or shine. Be Prepared.

Footwear: Bring shoes comfortable for lots of walking. Include lots of socks. Bring a pair of bread bags to keep feet dry if shoes are wet. Make sure the shoelaces are in good condition.

Uniforms: Since it is an extended trip, we will wear uniforms only at designated times. We will wear uniforms for departure and when touring the city.

Bring layers to put under your uniform shirt for additional warmth and to keep the shirt clean. Long-sleeved T-shirts and long underwear tops are good for this.

Trousers: Please navy blue only (uniform colour). Dark blue jeans are OK for most days.

Packing: If possible, pack your gear into 1 large duffel or hockey bag. Bring a day pack (such as a school backpack) for carrying your lunch, raincoat, etc. during the day. Two bags each: day pack and duffel bag. Label your items.

Skates: We will be going skating at Rideau Hall. Bring your skates.


  • Packed lunch for Saturday
  • Reusable plastic food containers
  • Water bottle (filled with water)


  • Large backpack or duffel bag
  • Day pack: school packs are good


  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • (Pillow and mattress will be provided.)


  • Rain gear: There is always a risk of rain
  • Warm jacket: fleece and windbreaker


  • Enough clothes for the week
  • Troop uniform: shirt, necker, and woggle
  • Coat hanger on which to store your uniform
  • Trousers: only navy blue; include one nicer pair
  • Tee shirts
  • Warm fleece or sweater
  • Warm clothes for sleeping, such as jogging pants or fleece
  • Underwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Pair of bread bags for wearing over socks to keep them dry if footwear is wet
  • Dry socks: thin liner socks and wool or fleece socks. Two layers help prevent blisters.
  • Dry socks
  • Dry socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm toque
  • Large mesh ditty bag or pillow case to store dirty clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel

Scouting Gear

  • Fox 40 whistle
  • B-P Kit (only if you have made it)
  • Flashlight: Compact LED headlamp recommended


  • Ice skates
  • Facial tissue or handkerchiefs
  • Hand sanitizer (pocket size)
  • Plastic shopping bag (for garbage)
  • Soap and wash cloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm (optional)
  • Comb
  • Medication: must be noted on the medical form
  • Watch
  • Smile
  • Bring knives and matches, but leave them at camp so we can clear security
  • Money for souvenirs (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Log book (optional)
  • Entertainment for drive there and back: book, portable game system, etc.

Please do not bring

  • Food besides the food listed above
  • Clothing in camouflage pattern
  • Any electrical or electronic devices besides flashlights and watches
  • Non-folding knives
  • Family heirlooms
  • Anything that might tempt one to disregard the Scout Law