Crew 242 is looking for young adults age 14-20 who have an interest in outdoor activities such as backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, biking and kayaking. We are based in Oswego, IL.

Welcome to your ticket to outdoor adventure

— John Parker
    Outdoor Enthusiest

Crew 242 is looking for young adults age 14-20 who have an interest in outdoor activities such as backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, biking and kayaking. We are based in Oswego, IL.

Welcome to your ticket to outdoor adventure

— John Parker
    Outdoor Enthusiest

Backpacking Information


I am working on getting all the backpacking trips up here. I am finding that I no longer have the tracks saved for several of them. Hopefully we will get them all.

Places we have backpacked

StarStarStarStarStarAugust 2011 - Porcupine Mountains State Park

StarJuly 2013 - Shawnee State Forest

StarStarStarMay 2014 - Devil's Lake

StarStarStarJuly 2014 - Porcupine Mountains State Park

Personal Gear

This is a list of basic backpacking items.

Food related items -
- Spoon
- Food
- 1.5 gallon ziplock for garbage
- Cozy
- Cooking water (32 oz water bottle or more)
- Drinking water (32 oz water bottle or more)

Sleeping related items -
- Small sleeping pad
- Sleeping bag
- Light PJ pants/shirt
- Pillow case

Clothes -
- 1 pair of clothes that you will be wearing (shorts/pants, shirt, undies, socks)
- 1 extra pair of clothes (shorts/pants, shirt, undies, socks)
- 1 set of undies, socks for each day after the first two days
- Hat
- Rain gear
- Warm long sleeve shirt/fleece (If nights will be cool)

Bathroom -
- Toilet paper
- Tooth brush (whisps?)
- Small bottle liquid soap
- Small towel

Misc -
- Flash light
- Compass
- Map
- Small bug spray bottle
- Small sun tan lotion bottle
- Whistle
- Small blue sitting pad
Group Gear

This is a list of gear that not everyone in the group needs to have in their backpack.

- Tent
- Backpacking stove, pot, hot pads, fire started, fuel
- First aid kit
- Water filter system
- GPS
- Med's (Ibuprofen, allergy)
- 2 - bear bag carabiners
- Rope for hanging bear bags
- Potty Trowel