Boy Scout Camping Tips for Father and Son: Dad Should Bring a Flask

Every man wants to be a good father. When sons want to become Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts, a father will inevitably get drawn into the scouting action, and sooner or later, he will have to go on a camping trip.

Drawing of Boy Scout troop

Photo Credit: National Library of Norway

This is generally known as a great way for father and son to bond and have a fun time together.A father is able to play the part of a hero of sort and showcase some of his manly skills, like killing a spider inside one of the tents or scaring away a wild animal. He can also teach the boys about life and dispense general advice on being a stand-up human being.

But after too many consecutive hours of listening to silly ghost stories and marshmallows by the campfire, a father may feel the need to leave the other fathers in charge for a minute and sneak off, perhaps with one other dad, and have a few sips from the flask! They, of course, do not want the boys to see them, but it’s important for the fathers to bond with one another, as well as with their sons, and this is a great way to do so.

Alternatively, it’s always good for a dad to carry a flask around because of alcohol’s antiseptic properties. If someone gets a cut or a scrape, the high alcohol content of some liquids can really come in handy. It’s also a good excuse in the event that one of the boys on the trip finds a flask laying around ;).

Boy: “Dad, what’s that?”
Dad: “Oh, that is medicine, in case someone gets sick or hurt.”
Boy: “Ugh, okay.”
Case closed…

You can also check out part 1 of our Hip Flask Handbook series for more ideas (or excuses) on why it’s good to take a flask along on a scout camping trip with your son.

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