There is lots of discussion about the proper amount of weight that a boy can carry safely.
It varies wildly, depending on the attitude and strength of the boy.
Arbitrary numbers (like 30% of his body weight) are interesting starting points for discussion, but the real determination is how much he can carry on the practice hikes.
Description of pack list items Personal Gear: Backpack: There are two main types of backpacks: the external frame and the internal frame.
Sleeping Pad & Pillow: A closed-cell type foam pad (e.g., insolite or the accordion style by Z-Rest work well) is good to keep out the cold and to preserve the sleeping bag.
Shorter length pads can be purchased, or longer pads can be cut, to reduce the amount of bulk and weight (head to knee length is sufficient).
Sleeping Bags are available in many sizes, fabric, fill, color, and price.
A bag in the low-middle price range filled with synthetic material is recommended.
Personal First Aid Kit: The Troop gear includes a fully stocked first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit to handle minor problems.
Kits are typically “personalized”, but all kits should include moleskin (for blisters), several adhesive bandages of various sizes, a few gauze pads, adhesive tape, and disinfecting ointment.
Empty Gatorade bottles are lighter but don’t last as long.