Hygiene – A Scout is clean. It is extremely important that backpackers stay clean and healthy in the backcountry. The dirtier you become, the more likely it is that you will become sick, get an infection, or sustain an injury. The best ways to stay clean on the trail include: changing clothes regularly, especially socks and underwear; brushing your teeth; taking showers whenever possible; washing clothes whenever possible; washing your hands after using a latrine; washing and sanitizing your hands before each meal, and properly washing, rinsing, and sterilizing your dishes. Although a few backcountry camps have showers, you can have a “bandana bath” at any campsite. Simply get a wet bandana and a drop of Campsuds and wash yourself off at the sump. Remain clothed at all times to keep in compliance with youth protection. To help your crew stay clean and healthy, Philmont now approves the use of clotheslines so that you can efficiently dry your clothes after you wash them. Wearing the same dirty clothes day after day can lead to serious problems. For example, if you wear the same socks four days straight, your chances of getting a severe blister are much greater, making your trek much more difficult.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.