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Pack Your Bags

A camper's first year at camp can be both exciting and scary. It is often the camper's first extended period of time spent away from home. It is very easy to make this the best week of the camper's life and make him or her want to come back every year.

Please Keep in mind while packing:

  1. They do NOT have access to a washing machine. Campers should bring enough clothes to last them a week.  It is also a good idea to pack a dirty laundry bag.
  2. Consider everything the weather could do while you're packing. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it's cold. Sometimes it's very hot.  There is no heat in the cabins. It may be warm during the day, but temperatures often drop significantly at night, so a warm blanket is a must.
  3. Pack with your camper. Make sure he or she knows where everything is. 
  4. Two campers may own the same article of clothing, book, comb, or teddy bear. Label all of the camper's possessions to avoid confusion when packing up to go home. 
  5. Medications do not need to be packed, as they should be given to the nurse upon arrival.
  6. Though campers may bring candy, it must be securely locked in the candy lockers, not kept in their bags. No food is to be kept in the cabins!
  7. Campers love to receive mail. Be sure to look into our camper e-mail options.  Don't forget to give your camper paper, envelopes, stamps, and addresses if you expect them to write back.

PACK YOUR BAGS!         *Printable Packing List Attached Below*

LABEL EVERYTHING and pack it in an easy-to-to carry duffel bag or suitcase. Occasionally campers will leave belongings behind after they leave camp. Having your property labeled helps to ensure that you will be able to claim your items. We reserve the right to inspect any belongings on camp property.


Please Bring:

  • Pillow and pillow case
  • Sheets for single-bed
  • Sleeping bag and/or blanket
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Closed-toed shoes or sneakers
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels and washcloth
  • Bathing suit
  • Flip-Flops (for the pool/shower only)
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Underwear
  • Socks (Lots of these please - they can get wet easily)
  • Shirts
  • Sweatshirt / Jacket
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Sunscreen (camp staff can only assist with spray/pump dispensers, not lotions)
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Inexpensive/single-use camera (optional)
  • Hiking Boots (Reccommended if you are taking backpacking classes)
  • Writing Supplies: Stamped envelopes, pen, paper, addresses, etc.

Everyday Wear at Camp: Socks and shoes must be worn at camp at all times, except for water activities.

Use discretion when choosing camp clothes. Modest clothing should be worn at all times. Inappropriate language or graphics on clothing is not acceptable. Please remember that the camp experience can often be very hard on clothes. We suggest that you do not bring brand new clothing or high-priced items because they can easily be damaged during a week at camp. Camp is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.


Please Do Not Bring:

  • Cell Phones
  • MP3 Players / ipods
  • Handheld Video Games
  • Spray Cans
  • Expensive Clothing or Jewelry
  • Expensive or Digital Cameras
  • Matches / Lighters
  • Candles
  • Explosives
  • Knives/Jack Knives
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any Illegal Items / Drugs / or Alcohol

Note: Campers who bring any of the above items to camp will be asked to surrender them to the camp staff, and may face further disciplinary action. Camp is not responsible for confiscated items.

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