23rd Lancaster (Christ Church) Scout Group
This is not an exhaustive list, but we feel that it is a good start for Scouts looking to buy themselves some basic kit.
Inclusion in this list does not imply that the suppliers listed below have any link with Scouting, or are recommended by 23rd Lancaster Scout Group.
Some Suggestions on where to get Equipment:
None of the equipment your child will require needs to be expensive. Scout camping equipment gets damaged easily, so you shouldn’t go mad when it comes to pricing.
The following are a list of places to look for equipment:
There is always a bargain to be had, and most items are available cheaper here than anywhere else.
The following have shops in Lancaster and also sell online:
Argos do a whole range of items for camping.
ALDI Have also begun to do a bargin price camping gear range, perfect for those looking for a first kit that you can afford to destroy.
If you have the time to spare you could also try:
Freeport in Fleetwood as there are several outdoor wear shops there – and for a day out you could also try the Gretna Green Outlet Village. Again, great bargains to be had on outdoors equipment.
Easy to find – just off the M65, and they often have amazing bargains.
Hawkshead also have a store in Hawkshead village in the South Lakes
www.gooutdoors.co.uk Go Outdoors have many stores around the country, the closest being in Penrith. Go Outdoors offer amazing discounts and an annual discount card on all types of outdoor gear, including family camping gear and sturdy clothing, as well as walking, running and other outdoor pursuit gear.
If you want to add to this list please let us know. If you find a real bargain, please tell us to pass on!
Sleeping Bags defined:
3 Season Sleeping Bags: These are best for mild to cold nights, without frost, but with a very low temperature 0 to -5 degrees
4 Season Sleeping Bags: These are made for very cold winter nights in the outdoors. These are typically more bulky and weigh more, but they do keep you exceptionally warm down to about -10 degrees Celsius.
– Darren Phillips GSL (original post author, 2nd Feb 2012)
– Updated: James Phillips YL (scouts) (webmaster), 2nd Aug 2014, 11th Sept 2015, and 21st Nov 2015