Backpacking requires some specialized equipment. Hopefully the list and links will be helpful. Troop 858 Backpacking Packing List REI Backpack Fitting Info REI Backpack Adjustment Info Some choices for youth backpacks for extended trips like Philmont. These are on the high end of volume needed for an extended backpacking trip. Adjustable torso lengths. Can grow with scout up to about 17 or 18 years of age depending on height and/or torso length. You may be able to find these on other sites at a discount. Osprey Ace 75 Gregory Wander 70 Six Moon Designs - Fusion 65 - 2.5 Lb. Pack Backpacking Equipment Vendors. These are just a few, some local and some online only. Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops also carry backpacking equipment. The Alps Mountaineering link takes you to their page for discounted pricing for scouting units. You have to register in order to take advantage of those prices. Please read their conditions for participating in the program and adhere to them. For the lightweight backpacking enthusiast. 🙂 Backpacking Light Forums - good resource for ideas to reduce your pack weight. As they say YMMV (your mileage may vary). Try the techniques out before making a commitment. What works for one person may not work for others! On-line resource for gear reviews. This is generally a good resource for finding outdoor gear and some specific to backpacking. Their reviews are limited in product scope but overall seem to be good reviews.