Scouting can be a wonderful experience for youth from all walks of life. What is learned about the outdoors, from cooperative teamwork, and from participating in fun, productive activities at a young age as a Scout can be of benefit for a lifetime. To learn more about Scouting in the Rochester, New York area, visit the local Scout Council's web site.

Certainly camping and backpacking is a big part of most scout troops, and having the right camping and backpacking gear for the young scout can make a big difference in how they view their experience. The owner of Lowergear Outdoors is a Scout Counselor for Backpacking and Geocaching Merit Badges, and we hold weekend classes on both subjects at our store for scouts working on these badges. So we're very familiar with the camping gear needs of Scouts at all stages of their journey - whether it's their first trip or a long week at Philmont..

Many scout troops have their own gear, but it often needs replacing or may not fit a particular Scout. Fast-growing young men can easily outgrow backpacking gear, so a great option for scouts is to rent camping and backpacking gear instead of buying it while in this growth spurt. From our camping gear renting warehouse, we will deliver any of more than 70 outdoors gear rental items direct to the scout's home. All the gear is recent model, maintained in great condition, and we have the right-sized gear for any age scout. You can rent camp lighting, backpacks, sleeping bags, mattress pads, and rescue beacons - everything you need for any camping trip. Backpacking gear and GPS navigation units are available for rent as well. We carry brand names such as Gregory Packs, MSR, Kelty, Sierra Designs and many other well-known national and specialty brands.

The scout isn't limited to camping just with his troop - camping is something the entire family can enjoy. And you don't have to have a lot of experience - you can be comfortable and enjoy the great outdoors on your very first camping trip. Camping can be fun in any New York state park or recreational area, in one of hundreds of private campgrounds, in your own backyard, or in one of our treasured National Parks. Find a good place to go camping by researching camp site options, such as the state park system web site for New York, or see KOA camp site options in New York as another alternative.

There's no substitute for learning from experience, but you can also learn a lot about camping and backpacking by reading all of the following how-to articles we've put together to give you a jump-start before your first Scouting adventure in New York.

How to Dine Well at the CampGround
Taking Care of and Setting Up Camping Tents
How to Buy or Rent the Right Camping Gear
Staying Clean While Camping
Deciding what Camping Gear to take for a Camping or Backpacking Trip
How to Sleep Soundly While Camping

If we can help you or your troop out with some of our high-quality Scout rental gear, just let us know. We can usually ship the same day as an order comes in, but you need to allow up to 5 days of shipping time to get gear to you. Better still, order rental camping gear as soon as you know your plans, especially around holiday weekends like Labor Day.

Another fun adventure for scouts and their families is geocaching, which combines the latest in navigation technology with one of the oldest "sports" around - treasure hunting. Geocachers, armed with a GPS, can seek out hidden caches utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by those hiding the cache. We've put together a guide for geocaching in New York - and have special packages for Scout troops that want to train their scouts about geocaching or go on a geocaching adventure. Along with the camping gear rental, you can also rent a GPS from us.

For more information, call us at or stop by our camping and backpacking store if your travels have you near the Phoenix area.