We have been talking a lot lately about gear. I did a couple podcasts on gear and have received lots of great feedback and comments on what is peoples backpacks and what they prefer to use when out on the trail. Yesterday I took some time and listened to my good buddy Shawn’s latest podcast. He talked about “gearing up” his new Troop. He suggested a few things that him and I have talked about at length regarding outfitting a Scout Troop in the “Backpacking style”. I am finding that many more Troops are going to this style of camping… weather they actually hit the trail or not.. the “Backpacking style” or “light weight” camping offers many more options for both the Scouts and leaders of a Troop. Without sacrificing any comfort, nutrition, or skills. The lighter weight style requires the Scouts to have a few more skills and requires the leaders to do a lot more teaching up front. But once routines are established camping is more enjoyable for the Scouts and the leaders.