As a pre-teen, I was a member of the Pathfinders, which is the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) version of co-ed Boy Scouts. (Interestingly enough, the Pathfinders pre-date the Boy Scouts by three years). One of the fun things I would do as a Pathfinder was camping.
I remember they gave us a checklist for our weekend camping trips, and I can’t find an equivalent one today. Mine was over 20 years ago, so us 7th graders were expected to have a pocket knife, hatchet or bow saw, and matches. I don’t see those on the modern lists.
Our list was more like:
Tarp (for under the tent)
First Aid Kit
Matches or Flint (Certain exercises required flint and no matches)
Change of Clothes x # of days
Vegetarian Food (Many SDAs are vegetarian)
Winter Clothes/sunscreen and sunglasses (season dependent)
Notepad and Pens/Pencils
Today, the lists focus mostly on what clothes to bring, and much of the camping gear is provided. I did see where they still encourage Pathfinders to bring pocket knives, though “military knives” were not allowed on at least one of the lists.
None of them mention fire starting equipment anymore. I can only assume it is provided at this point. Several of the honors (similar to merit badges in Boy Scouts), require you to make fires with techniques other than lighters. I think 6th grade, you had to start a fire with a single match. By 7th grade, it was a magnifying glass, and 8th grade, it was flint and steel. I’ve done all of the above.
We almost always brought our own tents and had to set them up. However, there were a few “primitive” camping trips, where we had to build a lean-to, including one in 32 F freezing rain. We also had to dig out the snow to set up a tent on multiple occasions.
Anyway, I liked the old list. As an adult, I also add a gun (typically, my .357 magnum revolver, but it varies), ammunition, my amateur radio handheld, and jerky to this list. I also replaced the canteen with a Camelback, as those had not been perfected in my pathfinder days.
What do you think of my list? Anything you would add or subtract?
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