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Buying Guides

Articles will be published here with suggestions and ideas for purchasing Uniforms, Clothing and Camping Gear.  There are few required items to participate in Scouting. These articles help in making purchases that maximize budget and value and are gleaned from years of camping and leader experience for your benefit.

In general, when purchasing camping equipment, there are a wide range of local and online retail options.  Some names and quick reviews are provided below. Often, it is useful to determine potential needs well in advance so you can know what you want and can be ready to purchase when you find a great deal on the product you want, likely off season.

 Retailer Review
 Amazon.comHuge selection and good prices.  But, you usually need to know exactly what you are looking for to find the best quality and value. Great for smaller items.
 WalmartGood prices, but little variety and lower quality camping equipment.  Great for clothing shopping for growing Scouts when specialized gear isn't needed. Better selection online and you can ship to store for free, but you need to know exactly what you want to ensure quality and value.
 TargetGood prices, but little variety and lower quality camping equipment.  Great for clothing shopping for growing Scouts when specialized gear isn't needed.
 REIGreat Quality and fantastic, knowledgeable staff, but not often the best price.  Bargains can be found during seasonal sales. Don't be afraid to start your comparison shopping here and then evaluate purchasing online or elsewhere. But, peace of mind in a quality purchase is often valuable, too.
 Gander Outdoors/Camping World/OvertonsGood quality and selection.  Prices can vary, but usually competitive.
 Cabela's/Bass Pro ShopsGood quality and selection.  Prices can vary, but usually competitive. Can be a fun place to visit and explore if you are in the area. The Cabela's brand gear is great quality.
 Fleet Farm Selection can limited, but prices are usually good.
 HikerDirect.com A clearing house for Alps and Browning Camping gear.  Must register to access the deals, but that is a free process.  No ability to comparison shop, so you must know what specs you want to find the best product and value.
 Campor.comNo local retail, but a good selection and pricing online.  Great for off season sales.  Often offers a banner coupon for 20% off a single item, so if you can't find a deal on a product you want sooner than later, see if they have it to ensure some savings.
 Backcountry.comNo local retail, but a good selection and pricing online.  Great for off season sales.
 Scout Shop The local Scout Shops have quality stuff at competitive prices.  Also available at ScoutStuff.org.

Did I miss a good site?  Comment at the bottom and I'll add it to the list.


Troop 626 Class-B T-Shirts

posted Apr 9, 2019, 9:07 PM by Troop 626

Troop 626 Class B
Like many Scouting Units, Troop 626 has made up a utility uniform T-Shirt, also known as the "Class-B" uniform.  These shirts are worn to all Troop activities when the Class-A, Tan Scouts BSA uniform shirt would not be appropriate or would be too formal for the activity.  Examples when we often wear these T-shirts include:
  • Public activities where Scouts will be physically active, working and/or in the heat of summer.
  • Campouts - especially multi-unit campouts so it is clear who is a member of our group, when we are outside our immediate tent area.  (Remember, we travel as a Troop in our Class-A uniform. We change into Class-B shirts once we are at camp.)
  • Troop meetings during the school year summer break.
These shirts are quality, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton shirts in heather grey with the Troop logo screen printed in full color on the front, as seen in the illustration to the right. In the St. Odilia Scout storage room, we keep a quantity of shirts in sizes ranging from Youth Medium to Adult 4XL to accommodate Scouts and Scouters of all shapes and sizes.

All new Troop members and adult leaders are issued 1 new shirt for free, early in their membership.  Additional shirts are available for purchase for only $7.  Families have also given back gently used shirts that they have grown out of or are no longer needed, and those are available for free as additional shirts.  In addition to the grey shirts, we have made up a smaller quantity of these shirts in white, for tie-dying at Tomahawk Summer camp.  First time Tomahawk attendees are issued a white shirt in their first year joining us at the camp and additional shirts can be purchased if/when they grow out of their original shirt. These are dyed at one night at Summer camp and will be brought home in a sealed bag to be rinsed and dried for future wearing anytime we are in our Class-B shirts.

Please wear these shirts with the pride we all have in their design, quality and our Unit that they represent.  Just like the Tan Scouts BSA Uniform, when wearing the Troop 626 Class-B shirts, please remember that you are representing yourself, our Unit and all of Scouting. If you have need for additional or larger size shirts, please let your Scout Leaders know and we will make arrangements for you to get more. Also, consider donating your small or unused shirts back to the Troop so we can help our new members build their personal inventory.

Packing Bin Buying Guide

posted Feb 22, 2019, 7:52 PM by Troop 626

Most Scout camping weekends, and Tomahawk Summer Camp are generally called "Car Camping". What that means is that the campsite is rarely very far from the parking lot or that we can bring a Troop Trailer with our gear to keep in the campsite.  So, it's not necessary for all Scouts to have their own hiking backpack to carry their gear into and out of camp.  The Troop is looking to do more backpacking camps, but we have a few backpacks to lend out for those who need it.

Action Packer 24 Gallon
For Car Camping, and for Tomahawk, we recommend a heavy duty plastic storage bin for Scouts to pack all of their gear for the weekend.  There are several reasons for this:
  • Bins make it easy to pack and find everything needed for the weekend and then some.
  • Bins can be left outside the tent, even in rain, to create more space for the Scouts inside.
  • Bins stack really easy in the Troop Trailer for travel and keep everything protected.
There are several great bins out there that we've seen used.  We've provided a list of some of the most common and cost effective out there. These will also give you an idea of the size and features to look for.
  • Rubbermaid Action Packer (24 Gallon) - This is probably the top of the line bin from a size and durability standpoint. It's the bin pictured in this article.  It's a bit large for weekends, but perfect for Tomahawk.  The can be found at REI and many Big Box & Home Improvement stores.  Not all stores stock them, so you may need to order online and have it shipped to your home or to the store. ~$50
  • Sterilite Industrial Storage Tote in Black  (15 and 27 Gallon) - Commonly found at Home Depot. The 27 Gallon is a bit large, especially for weekend camping, but the 15 should do fine with maybe a small backpack of gear for the car.  Very reasonable price for the size and durability. $12-14
  • HDX Tough Storage Tote in Black (17 and 27 Gallon sizes) - These are exclusive to Home Depot.    The 17 Gallon is perfect for weekends. $8-10

Footwear Buying Guide

posted Feb 21, 2019, 7:01 PM by Mike Bailey   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 8:01 PM ]

Footwear for Scouts can be a tricky area.  We know your Scout is growing and growing fast. They are likely outgrowing shows faster than they are wearing them out. We've been there and understand it well.  This guide is meant to help you know how and when to invest in Camping footwear as your Scout grows and progresses in the program for best value and performance.

Footwear Infographic


Hiking Boots and Shoes advice

There are many types of Shoes to consider and some of the terminology can be confusing.  ScoutmasterCG.com has a great Footwear Info-graphic that I'm showing in this article. This can help provide a better understanding of the types and styles available and their intended uses. For weekend camping, or even Tomahawk summer camp, Backpacking shoes are not necessary.  Save that type of purchase for ahead of a High Adventure and then you can specialize based on the trip you are taking.

For young Scouts preparing for early Spring Camping, they can wear their Winter Boots for all day outdoor wear and then pack a pair of standard athletic shoes to wear around the campsite if it's not too muddy.  There will be a 1/2 day 5 Mile hike during the Brownsea camp in April, which usually stretches 1st year Scouts beyond their normal limits, so something more comfortable to slip on to wear into the evening is very helpful.  

It may be useful to think about a mid height Hiking shoe as we get closer to the May and June campouts, especially if more hikes are planned.  At Tomahawk Summer camp, we're walking everywhere throughout the day so those Hiking shoes will get a good deal of use.  If your Spring shoe purchase is a big enough size to wear some thick Socks in and have some room to grow, you should get a year of use before they grow out of them.  In middle school, you can't ask for much more than that.

Waterproof and/or Leather boots are not necessary for Scout Camping.  Most modern Hiking boots will keep the damp out and will still perform in the rain for hours.  Again, having camp shoes or a backup pair to change into while the boots air out will keep your Scout comfortable.

If Scouts have or want sandals for in camp comfort or to wear to to the beach for swimming, we just ask that they have closed toe.  Flip Flops are never a good idea for camping.  Too much risk for injury.  Keen or even Crocs are popular brands and perform well.  But, when we are leaving camp for a non-swimming activity, we will be asking Scouts to put on their good socks and Hiking Shoes.

Good Socks are a must

Investing in multiple pairs of good camping socks will be a much better use of your money. Socks don't get grown out of as fast, and they can bring a great deal of comfort to any shoes being worn.  Hiking socks provide extra cushioning, help prevent blisters and perform in wet or sweaty weather to keep feet comfortable.  You can combine hiking socks with a wicking liner sock underneath or with a fleece outer sock in colder months for additional insulation.  But, having 2-3 pairs of synthetic or wool blend Hiking Socks for a weekend camp to change out of as needed will keep most Scouts comfortable the whole trip.  Again, keeping to the mantra that cotton should not be used for the closest layer to the skin, avoid basic socks for all but the most basic camping activities or just for travel to and from camp. The Scout Shop sells great Hiking Socks at a good price and they can be worn as part of the complete BSA uniform. 

Rain Gear Buying Guide

posted Feb 19, 2019, 8:06 PM by Mike Bailey   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 8:06 PM ]

Proper Rain Gear is critical for a safe and enjoyable camping experience.  We rarely change our activity plans due to rain, unless the weather turns severe.  A Rain Poncho is NOT sufficient rain gear for a weekend campout or longer. A poncho can be useful to keep in a day pack for an unexpected, short shower or until you can get to your full rain suit. In Spring and Fall months, Rain Gear is especially critical for safety to avoid hypothermia.  Our writing this is not theoretical, it is based on personal, and recent, experience in camping with Scouts.

Rain gear has come a long way in recent years, being lighter weight, more comfortable, breathable and more cost effective so that you don't need to skimp on the investment, even for a growing Scout.

Waterproof vs. Breathable Waterproof

There are 2 important terms to keep mindful of when evaluating Rain Gear, Waterproof and Breathable Waterproof.  Both types will keep you dry from the rain.  Non-breathable Waterproof tends to be older technology with heavier materials, but are just as effective as the newer, lighter, breathable gear. If Scouts are wearing their advised layers of wicking, non-cotton, synthetic clothing below the rain gear, they can keep their skin dry and warm whether the outer shell is breathable or not.  Cotton layers between you and your rain shell can hold moisture and perspiration against your skin and cause a risk.

Frog Toggs Rain SuiteAll Scouts should have a 2-piece Rain Suit


Whether purchased together or separately, all Scouts should pack both parts of a 2-piece Rain Suit for every campout.  Obviously, for growing Scouts, the gear should be purchased a little large for them, but also so that they can comfortably wear warm, insulating clothing underneath, like a sweatshirt. If the rain pants are too long when purchased, they should have a draw string to keep them secure to the ankles and avoid dragging in the mug.  If the pants do not have a built in way to secure them at the lower leg, rubber bands can be used to accomplish the task.

There are a wide range of brands and prices for rain jacket/parka tops and rain pants.  We recommend staying away from anything that appears to be pre-2000 technology like you remember growing up.  These older, heavy suits can tear easily and crack or disintegrate if not stored properly.  The set pictured to the right from Frog Toggs can be found at Walmart for only $20.  The image is a link to their site if you want to investigate more. These sets do not have pockets, but are great and proven set to evaluate at a minimum for your Scout.

As Scouts grow, it is common for them to outgrow the jacket and pants at different rates.  Purchasing separate pieces when needed is just fine.  If you are trying to decide whether to upgrade the jacket or the pants, we recommend that an investment in a higher quality jacket would be worthwhile.  A lighter weight, higher quality jacket with pockets for gear will make it easier to function in the rain during our uninterrupted activities.

Mess Kit Buying Guide

posted Feb 19, 2019, 5:18 PM by Mike Bailey   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 6:31 PM ]

Mess Kit LineFor Scout camping purposes, a Mess Kit is an individual's personal eating containers and utensils.  While the Troop does have some spare service materials to lend, we expect all camping participants to bring their own gear for eating and to manage cleaning and storing for of the gear themselves while we are camping.

At a minimum, a Mess Kit should include: Plate, Bowl, Cup, Fork and Spoon.  Additional sized eating containers and a plastic knife may come in handy, but aren't necessary.  To store and hang your Mess Kit, all of your gear should fit into a mesh drawstring bag.  These bags are hung on a line in camp to allow the gear to dry in between meals and to keep them safe and out of the way as well.  If your kit does not come with one, they can be purchased separately, just be sure that the bag will fit the plate you purchased.

Important Note: Be sure to write your Scout's name on each piece of the kit so we can tell yours apart from the others at camp.  Also, as clean as we encourage the Scouts to keep them at camp, the kits should be washed an sanitized once they are home.  We've seen some interesting science experiments when the kits are left to ferment between campouts.

Some very commonly used Kits are shown below.  These and many other types of kits can be found online or at camping retailers. 
Search for Camp Eating Kit online or the caption labels for the products below to evaluate these items and more.
UST Packware Dish Set
Light My Fire Lunch Kit
Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set
 UST PackWare Dish Set Light My Fire Lunch Kit  Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set
Sea to Summit 3-Piece X Set
Nylon Mesh Bag
Metal Spork
 Sea to Summit 3-Piece X Set Nylon Mesh Bag Metal Spork

The silicon collapsing set above is ideal for High Adventure camping because it collapses to a very narrow size, but it is more expensive and not as durable as the harder plastic sets above.  The metal spork above is very lightweight and more durable than the plastic utensils that have been known to break under normal use. We do NOT recommend metal mess kits. They transfer temperature away from food quickly, they can dent and become harder to clean and are heavier than plastic.

Sleeping Pad Buying Guide

posted Feb 17, 2019, 1:00 PM by Mike Bailey   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 10:17 PM ]

The Sleeping Pad is 1/2 of the Sleep System in camping.  The Sleeping Pad provides comfort and insulation for the camper to ensure a restful sleep.  The other 1/2 of the sleep system is the Sleeping Bag we cover that in a separate article in our buying guide. This is a key purchase to keep your eyes open for deals, once you know what you are looking for. This guide is designed to help you make that informed decision.

Sleeping Pads come in 3 main types:  Inflated or Air Pads, Closed Cell/Foam Pads and Self-Inflating or Combo pads.  NOTE: We are not comparing or recommending pads designed to emulate a bed mattress.  Parents are welcome to bring those and the powered inflation devices they usually require. We do not recommend those for Scouts.
 Air PadsSelf-Inflating PadsFoam Pads 
 Air Pad Self-Inflating Pad Foam Pad
Pros: Comfortable and lightweight and the most compact type of pad when packed. Make sure you purchase one with insulation.

Cons: More expensive and can be punctured or ripped.
Pros: Comfortable and compact, excellent insulation. They’re made with stronger fabrics than many air pads.

Cons: Heavier and more expensive than simple foam pads, and not as compact as air pads.
Pros: Lightweight, inexpensive, durable and offer good insulation.

Cons: They are less comfortable. They’re relatively stiff and firm, so they tend to be bulky.

As leaders, we are always amazed at how little padding our scouts seem to need and still get a good night's sleep.  So, when choosing Sleep Pads for Scouts, parents tend to purchase on price or familiarity, not function or comfort.  It is also important to consider long term needs to avoid needing to purchase a 2nd Pad as the Scouts prepare for High Adventure trips that require more lightweight and/or compact gear.  For backpacking, it's all about weight, bulk doesn't matter as the sleep pad can be attached to the outside of the backpack.  But, for most any other high adventure trip, compact storage is best. 

Across all 3 styles, Pads vary in thickness and insulation, so that is what to important to understand what to look for when comparing across styles to know a good price.  Pads can be as narrow as 1 inch and some inflate to up to 4 inches.  We recommend at least 2 inches of thickness.  2.5-3 inches is best.  The thicker the inflation, the easier it is to control the firmness of the pad and still not feel what may be underneath the pad on the ground.  Overall sizes can vary as well, but are less important for youth.  Most youth don't need a long pad, but be careful not to be surprised by 3/4 length pads that forego padding under your legs in favor of packing size or weight. 

Air Pads are best for delivering comfort, light weight AND compact storage.  The downside CAN be expense and durability, but quality Air Pads can be found at a comparable price to the other styles if you are patient. It is especially important make sure that the Air Pad has some insulation or "R" rating.  Keeping the ground temperature away from the camper, even a cold floor when we are indoor camping, goes a long way to providing a warm and comfortable night's sleep.

Self-Inflating Pads combine the insulation of foam with the additional thickness and comfort of air.  They are more durable than a strictly air pad.  But they are not considered light weight or compact and are usually not suitable for high adventure trips. If you already have a pad of this type for a young Scout to use, there is no need to purchase a new pad, but if you are in the market for a new pad for a Scout, we would evaluate the other choices.

Foam Pads are the most durable as there is nothing to fail.  They are the most bulky of the styles, but can be just as lightweight as any air pad.  They are also far less expensive.  For weekend camping, it is likely that a Foam Pad will not fit inside whatever bag or bin your Scout packs for the rest of their gear.  So, it will be important to have a protective sleeve or bag to store the Foam Pad in and some straps to secure the pad to your sleeping bag or backpack. 

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

posted Feb 14, 2019, 3:09 AM by Mike Bailey   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 10:29 PM ]

The Sleeping Bag is 1/2 of the Sleep System in camping.  Regardless of indoor or outdoor camping, the Sleeping Bag is always needed to keep Scouts dry and warm for restful sleep.  The other 1/2 of the sleep system is the Sleeping Pad or Mattress and we will cover that in a separate article in our buying guide.

Sleeping Bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  They can be very specialized in their designed use and, therefore have a very high range of prices.  What we are trying to provide with this buying guide is advice on buying a general sleeping bag that will work for the wide range of climates we camp in throughout the year.

Sleeping Bag 101 Infographic


ScoutmasterCG.com has a great Sleeping Bag Basics Info-graphic that I'm showing in this article. This can help provide a better understanding of the types and styles available and their intended uses.

Deciding on shape is based on the user and how they sleep.  Mummy Bags are more efficient at keeping the user warm because there is less air to warm with your body heat.  But Mummy Bags can be confining, especially if the user moves around alot at night.  Rectangular Bags work just fine, especially for non-extreme cold temperatures.  Do not consider a Long Bag until the intended user is 6ft or taller. There are 'Short' bags available for smaller users, but they tend to be Kids bags and are usually intended for indoor use only. Verify the bag is meant for outdoor use before buying.

For our climate and purposes, we recommend a 40 degree bag with a synthetic fill.  This summer or 3-season bag can be supplemented with an extra blanket in early Spring and late Fall months, but will work well for indoor and summer camping, without overheating the user.  If your Scout is often cold, consider a 30 degree bag. The synthetic fill will help keep the user warm even if damp, either from sweat or from high humidity or dampness within the tent. A synthetic or non-cotton shell and interior lining is also recommended for better performance. If your Scout already owns a summer or indoor bag, consider purchasing a 2nd bag intended for colder weather and then they can decide on which bag to pack based on the trip.

If you know that your Scout will be going on High Adventure trips, you might consider investing earlier in a more expensive "backpacking" sleeping bag that is more lightweight and will compress down to a smaller size.  It is totally understandable to not make the extra investment until the Scout is older and closer to their adult size. 

Compression Sack
Some final notes:
  
  1. If your sleeping bag came with a storage sack, it is often low quality and just barely big enough to fit the bag only after the bag has been compressed to it's smallest possible size.  Often, younger Scouts struggle to get their sleeping bags fit back into the sack it came in on final camp mornings.  Consider purchasing a compression sack that easily fits the sleeping bag and then has compression straps to get the extra air out of the bag.  A waterproof compression sack is best to be prepared for rain when setting up or breaking camp as well as the first high adventure trip that our Scouts go on which is usually a canoe trip. To find the right size, Medium is usually best.  If you want to be sure, just bring your sleeping bag in it's normal sack into a retail store like REI and test out the different sizes to find a size that the bag will easily fit in without being overly large.  There are good choices online for under $20.
  2. In addition, it's best if sleeping bags are NOT stored in their most compact form between camping trips.  Look for a "Sleeping Bag Storage Sack" on any online retailer and consider purchasing.  Again, a $20 investment can pay for itself by avoiding an early replacement.

BSA Uniform Buying Guide

posted Feb 6, 2019, 8:40 PM by Troop 626   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 9:46 PM by Mike Bailey ]

BSA Official ShirtOne of the few Troop required items is the official BSA Uniform (tan) shirt.  This shirt is also commonly known as the Class-A uniform, adopting the military term for their formal uniform.  This uniform can be purchased at one of the many Scout Shops in the Twin Cities.  The closest is in Moundsview on old Hwy 10 in front of the Mermaid entertainment center. Next closest is located at the Northern Star Scouting's Base Camp near Fort Snelling.

We highly recommend purchasing a Short Sleeve shirt for youth.  You can always wear a long sleeve shirt underneath and it's more comfortable in summer. Also, keep in mind that this shirt should last until the youth is 18 years old.  Make sure you purchase it large enough for your Scout to grow into.  There are multiple material options for the uniform shirt, a cotton-poplin blend and a polyester, microfiber fabric.  The microfiber version is more expensive, but more breathable for warm weather.  The microfiber can also pill and show wear faster as our Scouts can be very active in their uniforms.  The cotton blend is just fine for our purposes.

Some uniform patches will need to be purchased with the shirt. Many patches are provided by the Troop, either when joining us or as award patches and pins are earned.  Patches to purchase with your uniform include:
 
Northern Star Shoulder Patch
 
Scouting Crest
Council Shoulder Patch Scouting World Crest

Troop Provided Uniform Items
Troop 626 provides the following uniform items for all members that register with us:  
  • Unit Number Patch - We have custom 626 unit numbers as a single patch so they do not need to be purchased separately and sewn on.
  • Green Shoulder Loops - Green Loops signify the Scouts BSA Troop affiliation. The Troop provides these for all youth and adults.
  • Troop 626 Yellow Neckerchief
  • BSA Neckerchief Slide
  • Patrol Patch
  • All Awards earned by the Scout
  • Position Patches
Optional BSA Uniform Items
You are welcome to purchase any BSA uniform or other apparel at our local Scout Shops or online at ScoutStuff.org.  Our Troops and Crew do not require any official BSA uniform beyond the official Class-A Tan Shirt.

BSA Pants, Shorts and Skorts

In Troop 626, ANY pants or shorts are allowed to be worn with the uniform. We may ask for jeans or slacks to be worn in more formal environments, like if we attend church services as a unit.  The BSA uniform bottom options are high quality, durable and look sharp on our Scouts.  There are Zip-Off pant options which are very versatile when camping.  The shorts also work as swim shorts.  For women, there are new Capri pant and Skorts options.  If you purchase any BSA uniform bottoms, we suggest also purchasing a BSA uniform belt to complete the look.  It is important to note that the BSA Uniform Pants do not come hemmed, so there is an additional effort or expense to prepare for if you purchase the pants.  Very similar green pants and shorts can be found at Costco, Duluth Trading or other retailers and can appear like official uniform bottoms without close inspection.

BSA Socks

The uniform socks sold at the Scout Shop are very high quality and useful for camping and hiking.   The Scout Shop often offers sales on these items and we feel you can't go wrong purchasing them.

BSA Hats 

Hats can be very useful gear when camping to keep the sun and rain out of your eyes and protect skin from harmful UV rays.  They can also look sharp with the uniform.  If your Scout likes to wear hats, a uniform or non-uniform BSA hat is a great purchase.  A baseball style cap works great, but a hat where the brim goes all of the way around is more functional for sun protection. Just make note which hats are considered "uniform" hats vs. just BSA apparel.  During flag ceremonies, uniform hats can be worn, but non-uniform hats must be removed during the ceremony.

BSA Non-Uniform Apparel

The Scout Shop as a great selection Scouting apparel and new styles arrive each season.  If your Scout is proud to show off their Scouting Spirit, get them some stuff.  The Scout Camps that we visit also have great apparel at their Trading Posts, so send some money along to camp and a shirt or hat may come home.


Camping Equipment at the Scout Shop

The Scout Shop only sells quality gear and at competitive prices.  The selection isn't vast, but you can be sure if they sell it, it's worth the investment if you are in the market for that type of item.  Keep an eye out for Clearance Sales for some excellent deals or gifts.

Books and other Printed Materials

This isn't Uniform related, but we just want to note here that any Merit Badge Books or Position Guides are provided by the Troop. We have a library of Merit Badge Books that your Scout is welcome to check out for no cost.  But, you are welcome to purchase any BSA materials.  There are also some fun books on the history of the BSA and "Scout Appropriate" non-fiction books.

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