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
  • 1 Roll of Orange, Pink or Blue Flagging / surveyors tape – Required
  • Pens / Pencil – Required
  • Note Pad – Required
  • 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
Rain Gear
Snacks Non-Perishable
BDU’s 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 LED light you will not need an extra

-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. Sam’s Club sells a nice set of them for $28.00 that have 3-watt
LED lights. Several of our members are using them as primary lights, and or use one as a back-up

-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 or you have a FRS radios PLEASE bring your radio with you
as we use the radios a lot during training. Please see our frequency list on the front of for more info if you’re a ham.

– 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 VHF public safety radio. Please bring it with a fully charged battery.

– If you bring a GPS. Kent Counties 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.

Some More Notes:
– Head lamps are allowed IF they have a red filter. You may only use a headlamp for
navigational purposes with a red filter on. White lights are only allowed as handheld
– Please do not bring Multi LED Lights for Searching. These lights are a flood light and
generally NOT focused.
– Batteries are your responsibility. If you bring something that requires special batteries
make sure you have a back up.
– This is a fairly Rural area
– Bring Bug Spray
– Bring Rain Gear if the forecast calls for rain (Bring it if it doesn’t)
– Dress For Success, bring spare clothes, socks, shoes, and keep them in your car. If you
have a long drive you’ll be excited to put some dry clothes on.
– Plan for the worst and hope for the best. You can always bring something in your car
and not need it. But going home to get it may not be an option if you do.
– Dress in Layers
– This is Michigan. It’s possible it could be 80, its also possible that it could be in the 20’s
and snowing. So BE PREPARED.