Check List of Personal Camp Property
One note-book and pencil for taking notes on wild
birds, animals, trees, etc.
One needle-case, compact with needles and strong
white and black thread, wound on cardboard reels
(spools are too bulky). Scissors, thimble, and
large-eyed tape-needle for running elastic through
hem in bloomers and head-net, when needed.
Two papers of very large sized safety-pins of
One roll of tape, most useful in many ways.
One whistle, the loudest and shrillest to be
found, worn on cord around the neck, for calling
help when lost or in case of need. A short, simple
system of signalling calls should be adopted.
One compass, durable and absolutely true.
One watch, inexpensive but trustworthy. Do not
take your gold watch.
One package of common post-cards, with lead pencil
attached. The postals to take the place of
One package writing-paper and stamped envelopes,
if post-cards do not meet the needs.
One pocket-knife, a big, strong one, with
substantial, sharp, strong blades, for outdoor
work and to use at meals.
One loaded camera, in case which has secure
leather loops through which your belt can be
slipped to carry camera and hold it steady,
leaving the hands free and precluding danger of
smashing the instrument should a misstep on mossy
stone or a trip over unseen vine or root suddenly
throw you down and send the camera sailing on a
distance ahead. Such an accident befell a girl
camper who was too sure that her precious camera
would be safest if carried in her hand. Wear the
camera well back that you may not fall on it
should you stumble, or the camera can be carried
on strap slung from the right shoulder.
Three or more rolls of extra films, the quantity
depending upon your length of stay at camp and the
possibilities for interesting subjects.
One fishing-rod and fishing-tackle outfit. Choose
the simple and useful rather than the fancy and
expensive. Select your outfit according to the
particular kind of fishing you will find near
camp. There is a certain different style of rod
and tackle for almost every variety of fish. If
fishing is not to be a prominent feature of the
camp, you might take line and hooks, and wait
until you reach camp to cut your fishing-pole.
One tin cup, with open handle to slide over belt.
The cup will serve you with cool sparkling water,
with cocoa, coffee, or tea as the case may be, and
it will also be your soup bowl. Keep the inside of
the cup bright and shiny. While aluminum is much
lighter than other metal, it is not advisable to
take to camp either cup, teaspoon, or fork of
aluminum because it is such a good conductor of
heat that those articles would be very apt to burn
your lips if used with hot foods.
One dinner knife, if you object to using your
One dinner fork, not silver.
One teaspoon, not silver.
One plate, may be of aluminum or tin, can be kept
bright by scouring with soap and earth.
Two warm wool double blankets, closely woven and
of good size. The U.S. Army blankets are of the
best. With safety-pins blankets can be turned into
sleeping-bags and hammocks.
One poncho, light in weight to wear over
shoulders, spread on ground rubber side down to
protect from dampness, can be used in various
One water-proof match-safe.
One belt hatchet in case, or belt sheath small
axe, for chopping wood and felling small trees,
but, be very careful when using either of these
tools. Before going to camp find some one who can
give you proper instructions in handling one or
both, and practise carefully following directions.
Be very _cautious_ and go slow until you become an
expert. Outdoor books and magazines should be
consulted for information, and if you do not feel
absolutely confident of your ability to use the
hatchet or axe after practising, _do not take them
with you_. For the sake of others as well as
yourself, you have not the right to take chances
of injuring either others or yourself through
inability to use safely any tool. Do not attempt
to use a regular-sized axe, it is very dangerous.
One guide told me that after a tenderfoot chopped
a cruel gash nearly through his foot when using
the guide's axe, that axe was never again loaned,
but kept in a safe place and not allowed to be
touched by any one except the owner.