Recruits: The following list is NOT a suggestion.  You will need to bring what is listed, as it is listed. 

Your clothing and anything that is visible must be of a muted or subdued color.  This means, browns, greens, and or grey.  Bright colors are not acceptable such as red, white, orange, yellow and any other bright high visibility color.  This applies to your clothing as well as your poncho, backpack, etc. There are ways to mute your gear without having to purchase new equipment.

  • Ear protection
  • At least 2 pair BDU woodland camo trousers
  • 1 pair long pants (be prepared for mud-crawling and briars – muted colors please)
  • 1 BDU blouse
  • 4 plain t-shirts (muted colors.  No bright shirts.  No shirts with emblems or graphics)
  • 1 pair Hiking boots (ideally waterproof)
  • 1 Whistle
  • Eye protection. Clear (not shaded)
  • 1 pair Tennis / athletic shoes
  • 7 pair socks (recommended wool or non-cotton)
  • 1 pair good quality Leather work Gloves
  • 1 Camo hat or other baseball cap (muted colors)
  • 1 set face paint (black, green, tan)
  • 1 Sleeping bag (mosquito net optional)
  • 1 Poncho or raincoat (muted colors)
  • Tarp or rain fly- must be large enough to house you and your gear. (Recruits May Not bring a Tent however Dads may)
  • 50 ft- Rope or cord for lashing
  • Flashlight / head lamp (extra batteries)
  • Matches/ Lighter
  • Knives-(large pocket knife or medium sheath knife would be best)
  • Water bottles / canteens / Camelbak (must be attachable to your person)(you must have a total of 2 quarts of water with you at all times)
  • PT gear (T-shirt, shorts, exercise in. Sweatpants and sweatshirt are optional.  Does not need to be muted)
  • Bug spray and Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, Deodorant and Toilet Paper in zip lock bag
  • Soap and 1 Bath Towel
  • 1 Toboggan or sock hat (muted colors)
  • 1 Compass 
  • Simple first aid supplies (moleskin, foot powder, band-aids, etc.)
  • Plastic bags to store your clothes in wet weather. (Garbage bags, or zip lock is ok)
  • 1 Bible (preferably not a huge Study Bible) Both Testaments
  • 3- pencils and or pens
  • 2 small notebooks
  • 1 Backpack (at least large enough to carry a day’s supplies).  It is not necessary to purchase an expensive one, just bring the best you have or can borrow.  (Muted colors)

Each recruit and Dad should pack individually!  All gear should be packed in such a way as to be carried about one mile (rollers won’t help). YOU will have to carry all your own gear.  Therefore, I recommend that you bring as little as possible! (Dad’s gear may be put on truck)


If you are flying in and will have extra travel items (such as clean clothes, cell phones, i-pods, etc.) this will need to be packed separately and turned in to the Challenge Staff before the start of Training. These items will be returned after Training. 


RECRUITS MAY NOT BRING any food of any type –you will be given adequate food for the week. If you have a specific food need please contact the First Officer. Dad’s will also be given adequate food but may bring extra food, which they may not share with recruits. You may not bring firearms or fireworks.