TEMPERATURES during the month of July:

                                    Average LOW        Average HIGH

Bodø, Norway               10°C (50°F)           15°C (59°F)

Roanoke Virginia          19°C (66°F)            31°C (87°F)

We will be backpacking.  Everything that you bring for 30 days in Norway and the US must fit in your backpack.  You will be limited to one backpack and one daypack.  You need to be able to backpack with your daypack inside your backpack or firmly attached onto your backpack.

Your backpack must weigh less than 50 lbs (22 kg), and the sum of its length, width, and height must measure less than 62” (157 cm).  This typically corresponds to at most a 60-65 liter backpack.  It is recommended that you stay well below these limits, and that you stuff your backpack into a airplane travel bag to protect it from damage.

Your daypack must weigh less than 22 lbs (10 kg), and it must measure less than 15.7x7.8x21.6 inches (40x20x55 cm).  A 20-25 liter daypack should work just fine.

Do not bring 30 pairs of underwear and 30 pairs of socks.  Learn to wash your clothes instead.


When we travel by airplane, we will wear our uniforms and keep our passport in our right shirt pocket at all times.    Be prepared for that our backpacks will be delayed and that for the first 24 hours after arrival that we will only have the uniform that we are wearing and what we carry in our daypacks.  So please plan accordingly:  During air travel, add night clothes and toiletries to your daypack.

  1. -Scout uniform (cap, shirt, pants, socks), passport

  2. -Wool undershirt and underwear (keeps uniform clean and avoids stink)

  3. -Breathable hiking shoes (e.g., Merrell Moab Ventilator)

  4. -Daypack (see below)


  1. -Contractor trash bag (3mil [0.75mm] thick) to keep inside of backpack dry

  2. -Sleeping bag rated for 30-35°F (0-5°C)

  3. -Sleeping bag liner (e.g., Sea to Summit Insect Shield CoolMax Adaptor Liner)

  4. -Sleeping pad

  5. -Water resistant hiking boots (e.g., Asolo Fugitive)

  6. -Closed-toe shower shoes (e.g., Crocs classic clogs)

  7. -Second Scout uniform (i.e., the one from the other country)

  8. -Wire hanger for your uniforms

  9. -1-2 Short-sleeve shirt(s) - Scout motif only

  10. -1-2 Long-sleeve shirt(s) - Scout motif only - sun protection / warmth

  11. -1x Scout pants and/or shorts

  12. -Optional blue jeans (not ripped) for off-site service project

  13. -Optional work gloves for off-site service project

  14. -Swimsuit & bath towel (e.g., PackTowl Ultralite towel)

  15. -1x long underwear (e.g., Smartwool baselayer bottom)

  16. -2x underwear (e.g., Smartwool boxerbriefs)

  17. -2x liner socks (e.g., Smartwool liner socks)

  18. -2x wool hiking socks

  19. -1x lightweight wool/polyester fleece long-sleeve sweater (e.g. 1/4 zip)

  20. -1x thick wool/polyester fleece sweater/jacket

  21. -1x wool hat

  22. -1x mittens (preferably water resistant)

  23. -Pocket knife (no fixed-blade or sheath knife; blade less than 3.5” [90mm]) (not in daypack)

  24. -Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes separated from clean clothes (e.g., old pillow cover)

  25. -Small bottle of liquid soap for washing clothes (e.g., Wool Lite), clothes pins, 5+ m (15 feet) cord

  26. -Waterproof bag or sack for washing your clothes in (also known as your washing machine)

  27. -Sewing kit & repair kit

  28. -Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, baby powder, comb, shaving kit

  29. -Small bottle of hand sanitizer

  30. -Insect repellent (store in plastic bag in case of a leak), head net

  31. -Patches, neckerchiefs, and other uniform effects for trading

  32. -Mess kit in a zip-lock bag:  Knife, fork, spoon, cup, plate, bowl

  33. -Personal water filter (e.g., Sawyer Mini Water Filter)

  34. -Optional:  Hiking poles in PVC tubes for protection during travel

Wool garments are flame resistant, they are warm when you are cold, and they cool you when you are hot.  They warm you even when you are wet, and they are easy to wash in the field, so you do not need to bring a 30-day supply.  They also do not stink when dirty, and they help prevent shoes from smelling like a dead skunk.  Show some mercy on your tent-mate by wearing wool...

BSA jamboree policy is that clothing should only have Scout motifs.  Motifs from your home troop or special Scouting events are encouraged.  Non-motif clothing is accepted.  We should not wear motifs and logos that are not associated with Scouting (e.g., corporate logos).  Scout-branded clothing (any Scout organization) is the standard.

Gear to share with one other person:

  1. -Two-person backpacking tent

  2. -Backpacking gas stove (e.g., MSR Pocket Rocket)

  3. -Cooking pot unless it is part of your mess kit

  4. -Bear bag -- 50-feet (15m) parachute cord and stuff sack (for food and other items that attract bears)
        >>> HOW TO hang a bear bag

Do not bring gas canisters, lighters, or matches on the airplane.  We will purchase these locally.

Backpack protection during air travel:

It is recommended that you protect your backpack during the air travel by stuffing your backpack into a protective bag.  This bag can also serve as a laundry bag to keep things outside of the backpack contained within the tent.  When you go backpacking, it can be used to store unnecessary gear in the vehicle so you reduce the mass of your backpack that you carry.  Here are three options:

  1. -Osprey Airporter - Medium

  2. -Sea to Summit Pack Converter Duffle Bag

  3. -Deuter Transport Cover


The daypacks shown here have arrived and will be distributed
at the April 21-23, 2017 shakedown camp at Camp Powhatan.
This is an Osprey DAYLITE PLUS daypack (20 liters).

You should assume that your daypack is water resistant but
not water proof.  You therefore need to keep a large zip-lock
bag or a dry bag inside it for items that must be kept dry at
all costs (e.g., papers, electronics, first-aid kit).

Your daypack will serve as your carry-on bag when you travel.
Do not carry anything in this pack that is prohibited in an
airplane cabin.  For instance, keep your water bottle empty
when you go through the airport security check and then
fill it with water once you are in the secure area of the airport.
Also, keep all spare lithium batteries in your daypack.
For details, study the latest TSA information:



  1. -Sunglasses, sunhat

  2. -Water bottle (empty during security check)

  3. -Personal first-aid kit

  4. -Flashlight (headlight recommended) & extra batteries

  5. -Lithium batteries (never in backpack)

  6. -Telephone, camera, and other electronics

  7. -Map & compass

  8. -Rain jacket & pants

  9. -Zip-lock bag or dry-bag

  10. -Extra clothing (e.g, long-sleeve shirt or light sweater)


Each participant will receive a hat and neckerchief at check-in.

The following page is the official a list of gear that is provided at each 40-person campsite by the 2017 BSA National Scout Jamboree.  Note that the 30-people in the Transatlantic troop must share this with a crew of 10 people from elsewhere that we will be sharing this campsite with:




All Scouts must bring along a personal first-aid kit consisting of the following items in sufficient supply to last for the duration of the double-jamboree adventure:

  1. 1.Band-aids

  2. 2.Moleskin

  3. 3.Chapstick

  4. 4.Sunscreen (50+ SPF, waterproof)

  5. 5.Medical form & prescriptions

  6. 6.Medicines (must be legal in Norway and the USA)