5. Packing the 10 Essentials
From equal piles of assorted gear and clothing, each team must pull out The 10 Essentials–those butt-saving items no wilderness traveler should leave home without. To make it harder, we included toilet paper, a water filter, a spork, and other distractions.
Troop 43. The Scouts finished 30 seconds behind Team BACKPACKER but the youngsters got 9 out of 10 correct (they left out sun protection, which The Handbook cites–but is debatable). The seniors picked two incorrect items, including toilet paper. "It doubles as a firestarter," argues David. Nice try. Readers: 2, Scouts: 3
By the Book
Exactly what constitutes the 10 emergency essentials is controversial. The Handbook lists a pocketknife, first-aid kit, extra clothing, raingear, water bottle, flashlight, trail food, matches and firestarter, sun protection, and map and compass. Other sources variously swap in a repair kit, space blanket, whistle, and garbage sack.