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Gear Repair

Have you ever had your gear break while on a trip? Maybe a raccoon chewed through your pack on its way to your trail mix, or you caught your rain jacket on a rock and ripped it. Learning how to repair your own gear will make a big difference on your next trip – it may even save you having to buy new gear!

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  • What gear do you have that needs repairs?
  • What problems have you encountered in the past, and how did you address them?
  • Who in your Crew is already handy at repairing gear? Can he or she teach others some skills?
  • What materials and tools will you need to help with your repairs?


  • As a Company or Crew, determine what skills you might want to learn. Fabric repair? Zipper repair? Stove maintenance?
  • Figure out where you can learn more. Some stores or groups might offer lessons, or you might be able to learn online.
  • Practice! See what you have that is already broken and try your hand at repairs.
  • Go on your next adventure and try not to brag too much when you save the day by repairing broken gear!


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did your team work together on this Adventure?
  • How did you feel before, during and after this Adventure?
  • What would you do differently in the future?
  • How would you build on this experience?
  • Remember to submit your activities on our Scouts for Sustainability Take Action Map

Keep it Simple

  • You’ll have to do fewer repairs if you know how to care for and store your gear properly. Learn the best ways to keep your gear safe, while in use and while in storage. If needed, adjust how you or your Group stores gear in order to keep it in good condition for a long time!

Take it Further

  • Create on the go gear repair kits for yourself or your Section. Include the things you would need to do basic repairs while out on an adventure.