He has a Thermarest foam pad which he bought with his own saved money two years ago. He intends to donate it to the troop when he replaces it with a different pad. He is looking for something more, and I am helping guide him on this. He has in fact, saved up and will be buying this with his own money. During the Christmas break, he and I went backpacking, but we don't have a respectable outfitter locally, so we drove a couple of hours our of our way so we could find a decent outfitter, where he could try out gear before he spent his money on it.
He will be going to Philmont this summer. We are paying for his trip, but he is paying for much of his own lightweight gear. He also wants to go to summer camp in June, so he is mowing his grandparent's yards (2.5 acres combined) every week to pay for his own summer camp (we told him we could only pay for one activity).
Just trying to make sure he doesn't get ripped off by buying cheap gear.