Operation Essentials: What to pack

This story was originally posted to oa-bsa.org on February 15, 2023 by the Operation Arrow team.

As you prepare to join us as part of Operation Arrow staff this summer, packing may seem quite stressful. To assist you in making sure you are properly equipped to staff a jamboree, our leadership provides you with a packing list. This will also be available in the upcoming Operation Arrow Staff Overview Guide

  • 2’×2’×3’ duffel bag
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight in stuff sack with 30-degree rating is acceptable)
  • Reusable lunch bag 
  • Coffee/tea cup
  • Eating kit (reusable bowl, spoon, fork, knife – base camp and subcamp staff only)
  • Two 1-liter water bottles
  • Toiletry kit (keep it small—a drawstring bag is recommended so you can hang your kit while in the wash facility)
  • Two bath towels
  • Two hand towels
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Day pack
  • Clothing
  • Two field uniforms (Class A) 
  • OA sash
  • Good, broken-in hiking boots
  • Lace-up shoes (lightweight sports)
  • Rain gear (lightweight)
  • Scout headgear
  • One jacket or sweatshirt (synthetic is acceptable)
  • Two sets of sleep clothes
  • Five pairs of underwear
  • Four or five Scout/jamboree T-shirts/polo/activity shirts (antimicrobial synthetic is acceptable)
  • Three or four BSA uniform shorts/longs
  • Three or four pairs of BSA socks
  • One BSA belt
  • Two or three good pairs of hiking socks
  • Two or three pairs of other socks


Note: Operation Arrow staff members must bring both their full field uniform with OA sash and the Operation Arrow staff uniform. The Operation Arrow zesty blue polo shirt, hat, and neckerchief, accompanied by Scout pants, a Scout belt and Scout socks, comprise the official OA staff uniform during the 2023 National Jamboree. Arrowmen should expect to wear such attire in all instances except when they are off-duty or engaged in an activity that calls for special apparel, such as a field uniform. Supervisors will communicate details regarding those special circumstances, and the appropriate level of dress, as they arise. Staffers should also always comply with jamboree-wide uniforming requirements, including the display of staff credentials.



  • Air or travel pillow
  • Swimsuit
  • Water shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Solar camp shower (three-gallon)
  • Solar charger