BRYANT POND 4-H CAMP
Winter Expedition Gear List and Information
Challenging situations in the outdoors often become dangerous because people are unprepared with
the proper clothing and equipment. Please come prepared to have a great time…no matter what! You
can often find these items easily in thrift stores and second hand shops, so do not feel the need to
purchase brand new or name brand equipment. Remember, put your name on everything you bring.
Weather in western Maine is never predictable and winter is no exception. Daytime temperatures can range
from just below zero to above 30°, while nighttime temperatures can fall to the -20°s. Rain, wind, sleet and snow
are all common, and you will learn to travel in just about any conditions.
GENERAL CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT INFORMATION
During this program, you will be living in tents in the woods. Your actual route and the weather you
experience may mean that you don’t use everything, but please bring it—during the course there is no way to
purchase items that you might need.
Our clothing list reflects the importance of the “layering” principle. Dressing in several light layers rather than one
heavy layer allows you more flexibility as the weather and workloads change. Read your clothing labels carefully
and avoid cotton and cotton-blend fabrics. Cotton retains moisture, loses almost all of its insulating properties
when wet, and is slow to dry. Wool has been a long-time favorite of outdoor people, as it retains much of its
insulating quality when wet. Even lighter and faster to dry are many of the new synthetics: pile, polar fleece,
polypropylene, and Capilene®. They are also more comfortable next to the skin.
Bryant Pond provides all other equipment not listed on the Required Clothing & Equipment list, including
tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, water bottles and backpacks. We also have insulated winter boots and
insulated winter jackets available to borrow. There are no additional fees for the use of