North Wind will provide much of the equipment needed for your weekend, but following items will need to be provided by the participants:
- Long Underwear (not cotton) – This is a very important part of a successful winter camping experience. The biggest winter camping mistake is to wear cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture and holds it next to the body, which then causes heat to be drawn away very rapidly. Unfortunately, many Scouts will already own cotton long underwear. Scouts and their parents need to be told the importance of this piece of equipment. A non-cotton long underwear bottom and top are needed. Medium or heavy weight is best. Two light weight layers will work too if the participant is also involved in activities like cross country ski racing where light weight is best. Cost effective long underwear can be found at major outdoor retailers such as Gander Mountain. Long underwear is available for rental at North Wind. Supplies and sizes are limited.
- Upper body layers – An important principle for winter camping is layering. Several layers of non-absorbing clothing that can be taken off when active and put back on when less active is ideal. These layers should be of non-absorbing fabrics again like wool or polyester. Fleece or wool sweaters or vests are great. Cotton should not be used here either. Two to three pieces are recommended.
- Outer Shell – A winter jacket with hood works great.
- Personal items – Toothbrush, toothpaste, handi-wipes, deodorant, etc. Packing them in plastic bag is helpful to keep them together and makes it easier to find.
- Sleeping bag (indoor) – You will sleep in your own sleeping bag in a bunk house—this could be an ‘indoor’ bag.
- Regular clothes – Come out to camp in regular clothes. You will use your winter clothes starting Saturday after breakfast through Sunday before lunch. Bring a change of socks and underwear.
- Lip protection – A Chap Stick type product.
- Sunscreen – The sun reflecting off the snow can burn your face and ears.
- Sunglasses – Needed to protect your eyes from the bright winter sun and reflection off the snow.
- Flashlight or headlamp – bring extra batteries.
- Personal medical supplies – Bring any medicine you will need in its original container with name and dosage. Give these to your leader.
- Health History – Fill out and bring a Health History Form.
- Camera – Capture the fun of North Wind and prove that you were hearty enough to camp outside in the winter.
- Optional: Frame pack, rain suit (good for carving out snow shelters and as an added layer), pocket knife.