Setting Up Camp

When you arrive at your day’s destination, you will need to start setting up camp before anything else. The general rule of thumb is to take care of crew gear before personal gear. The order of campsite setup is as follows

Identify the Bear-muda Triangle

  • Fire Ring
  • Sump
  • Bear Cables

Smellables - Smellables always stay inside the bear-muda Triangle.

Smellables include but are not limited to:

  • Food
  • Trash
  • Water bottles that have ever had anything other than water in them
  • Unwashed dishes
  • Squishy bowls
  • Medicine
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tabacco
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Extra batteries
  • Film from disposable cameras
  • Deodorant (should not have or use on trail)
  • Foot powder
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • First aid kit
  • Chap stick
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Food strainer, yum-yum bag, and condiments bag
  • Clothes that have food or drink spilled on them
  • Vomit
  • Roll of duct tape

Create three piles of gear around the fire ring:

  • Food
  • Crew gear – dining fly, stoves, pots, bear ropes, bear bags, toilet paper, etc.
  • Personal smellables – toiletries, medications, etc.

Decide what will go in the bear bags and what will go in the oops bag


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.