A Scout parent asked this question in our Scout Moms, Dads, and Leaders Facebook group
What is the best backpack to get my scout for 1-2 night hikes?
The group members had several suggestions based on their experience. Here is a summary.
Concerning size: “It all depends on the size of the scout and how much gear they are taking with them. I’d probably recommend at least a 40L hiking backpack, that’ll let them carry their sleeping pad, tent, sleeping bag, cooking/eating equipment, clothing, all their 10 essential items and etc.”
More than one responded that the Teton 3400 Scout backpack was a good size for a weekend backpack outing and was not too large for younger Scouts. This is the one my sons used in their backpacking days and it served them well for many trips. The Osprey Ace 75 was also recommended by a reader.
It was also noted that it might be best to try before you buy. Some troops may have backpacks available to loan out. If not, you can rent one from REI. You can also buy a used pack from REI’s online store.
Readers, what are your suggestions? Add them to the comments below.