Equipment List:

Required Equipment:

  • Whistle – REQUIRED
  • Orienteering style Compass – REQUIRED
  • Flash light rated at least 80 Lumens (LED) – REQUIRED (the cheap $1.00 lights are unacceptable)
  • Leather Work gloves – REQUIRED
  • Eye Protection – REQUIRED
  • Canteen or Camel Back with Fresh water – REQUIRED
  • Reflective Vest – REQUIRED
  • Footwear suitable for Hiking – REQUIRED
  • 2 Glow Sticks: Red or Green – REQUIRED
  • Pens / Pencil – REQUIRED
  • Note Pad – REQUIRED
  • Cell Phone – We will use an app called CALTopo for mapping and tracking in the field, if you have it installed and play with it before the training you’ll have an advantage when we get started.
  • Back Pack Suitable to carry the items along with all the equipment you are going to potentially carry in it  – REQUIRED
  • Clothing suitable for the day / environment in which we will be working. – REQUIRED

Recommended and other notes:

  • Spare Batteries for Flashlight
  • Spare flashlight
  • Multi-Tool / Pocket Knife
  • Watch
  • Rain Gear
  • 1 Roll of Orange, Pink or Blue Flagging / surveyors tape
  • Snacks
  • BDUs are nice, and if you have bright colored coats, shirts, sweatshirts or hats wear them for any night training for easier visibility.


  • If you have helmets you are more than welcome to wear them.
  • When it comes to the flashlight / extra bulbs – generally if you have a quality LED light you will not need an extra bulb.
  • You may actually not even use extra batteries if you have a good LED light. If you purchase LED lights
    make sure they are high intensity.
  • Depending on what type of water carrier you use (such as a Camelback style hydration pack) it can be big enough to keep your needed equipment in it.
  • Of course, there is much more that you can carry. But will you actually need it? Probably not.  Try to keep your pack light
  • When it comes to gear, please try stuff out before you plan on using it. Wearing uncomfortable boots / back pack can really ruin the training experience for you and possibly injure you. Spend some time preparing for the class and even try walking around your neighborhood with your bag before you do it in the woods.
  • Bring some snacks like granola bars / gorp / jerky with you – you’ll want a quick pick me up during
    the day / late at night.
  • Bring your own water for your pack YOU should be self sufficient!
  • Rambo knives are not needed for this training. Please leave them at home.
  • If you’re an amateur radio operator PLEASE bring your radio with you as we use the radios a lot during training.
  • If you are not a ham, it is highly recommended to become one. KCRACES holds Ham in a Day classes throughout the year – watch the website for schedules.
  • If you have a public safety radio, please bring it with a fully charged battery.
  • If you bring a GPS, Kent County’s standardized format is UTM. Please change your GPS
    to this format for the training.

Failure to bring required items for field operations will limit activities.