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. REI.com  alpineshop.com | Outdoor Retailer since 1973 specializing in backpacking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding. Great outdoor clothing and gear from Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, Marmot, Spyder, Burton, IceBreaker, Smartwool, Merrell, Chaco, Keen, and many more!  ALPS Mountaineering  Campmor For the lightweight backpacking enthusiast. 🙂   GossamerGear Etowah Outfitters/ Etowah Gear  Hyperlite Mountain Gear - Ultra Light Hiking Gear  Image result for Katabatic Gear    Image result for ula equipment 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! BPL Logo   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. OutdoorGearLab logo