The camping season is right around the corner and it’s almost time to start packing! Here’s a list of things to bring with you. (And don’t worry—if you forget something, we can find a way to get it to you!)

 

WHAT TO PACK:

▢ Sleeping Bag

▢ Pillow

▢ Enough clothing for each day (and maybe an extra set)

▢ Extra socks!

▢ Long pants

▢ Sweatshirt or windbreaker

▢ Sneakers and/or hiking boots

▢ Water shoes (closed toed please)

▢ Shower shoes (such as flip flops) for the shower and pool

▢ Swimsuit (please be modest)

▢ Towels (one for pool and one for shower)

▢ Toothbrush

▢ Toothpaste

▢ Soap

▢ Medications (to go to the camp nurse)

▢ Any other toiletries you might need

▢ Flashlight (not your phone flashlight)

▢ Hat

▢ Water bottle

▢ Rain gear

▢ Bug spray

▢ Sunscreen

▢ Bible

▢ Notebook

▢ Pen

▢ Letter-writing supplies (postcards and stamps available in the camp store)

▢ Camera (if you want to take pictures, not your phone)

▢ Enthusiasm and excitement for camp!!!

***Please write camper’s name on belongings in case they get lost

WHAT NOT TO PACK:

▢ Food (we have plenty)

▢ Knives of any kind

▢ Electronics (like Nintendo Switch or old school Gameboy;
digital cameras are allowed)

▢ Cell phones*

Our cell phone policy

We strongly believe that part of what makes camp special, meaningful, and positive for campers is time away from daily life. It breaks them from their routine and allows them to see themselves in the world differently. Nothing pulls us back into the routine of daily life like a cell phone. So, we ask that you please leave them at home.

For parents, we know this might create some anxiety as you and your child may want to check in throughout the week. We encourage you to trust us that your child is in good and safe hands and will be just fine. If there are any issues, we will reach out to you immediately. If your camper absolutely needs some contact with you throughout the week, we can find a way to set up a phone call through the camp phone system.

For kids, we know this is going to mess up your snap streak. And we know your snap streak is important to you. It makes sense you would feel frustrated that you can’t use your phone at camp. We promise you a week at camp is better than anything your phone can give you. And your phone will be waiting for you when you get back. Parents, help your kids by preparing them for this well ahead of time. Have some conversations about what it means to be away from your phone for a week and why that might be a good thing.

*A note about senior high campers: senior high campers are permitted to have their phones with them at camp. However, phone use is limited only to a small amount of time in the evenings