This is your basic gear you'll need for most outings. Most of this gear will also be used for Hiking, Snow, Bike and Canoe outings. The trick is to pack what is necessary, while limiting weight and bulk. In backpacking, LESS is often MORE.
Sleeping Pad Examples:
Our troop has tents, but if you want a personal tent...
Type: Backpacking (dome or hybrid)
Size: 2-3 person
Weight: Aim for around 2 Pounds per person
Fly: Full-length (not toupee rainfly)