Proper equipment can make the difference between a miserable camp experience and a comfortable, happy one. It is essential that you follow the equipment guidelines below:
It can get cold at night! All campers must have a sweater or heavy shirt of wool or poly-fleece that will be warm even if it gets wet, and warm long pants (not jeans) which they can take on trips and sleep in on cold nights. We also recommend a warm hat.
Backpacks and sleeping bags don't have to be expensive. Many outdoor outfitters sell used backpacks and sleeping bags, or one can be borrowed from a neighbor. We have a few backpacks and sleeping bags that we can lend out to campers, but this must be arranged beforehand (call camp). We do lend these out on a first come - first serve basis, so contact us as soon as you can. Please do not send your child to camp without the essential items and assume that we can fill in the blanks.
All campers must have:
- Frame backpack (internal or external frame): This pack must also have padded shoulder straps and a padded hip belt. A properly fitting backpack can make hiking a pleasure; and ill-fitting pack makes it uncomfortable. Padded shoulder straps and hip belt are essential. The pack should fit your child: the hip belt should draw tightly around the waist such that the child's legs carry the weight of the backpack. Check borrowed or hand-me-down packs for needed adjustments and repairs. Outdoor outfitter stores will adjust a pack to fit your child, even if you didn't buy it there.
- Sleeping Bag with Stuff Sack: A good hiking sleeping bag can fit into a stuff sack the size of a 2-liter bottle or coffee can. A bad sleeping bag can be bigger than your backpack (and very difficult to hike with)! A small, lightweight sleeping bag with stuff sack is very important for a pleasant hiking experience. We recommend synthetic materials and bags designed specifically for hiking. Avoid cotton, flannel, and down materials.
- Sleeping Pad for Camping Trips: An ensolite (closed cell) foam pad or Thermarest. This should roll tightly and not absorb water. Egg carton type pads absorb water and won't work. We don't use tents when camping, so it is important to have a layer in between you and the ground.
- Footwear: You will need several different kinds of footwear this summer.
- Hiking Shoes: One pair of hiking shoes. Avoid new or new-ish hiking boots: We recommend sturdy sneaker-type shoes in good condition for hiking or well broken-in, lightweight hiking boots.
- Water Shoes: Campers need a pair of shoes (old sneakers are best) for the pond and river swimming. These shoes will get wet and muddy and probably stay that way through the session. Flip flops are not good water shoes.
- In-Camp Shoes: Shoes must be worn at all times at camp. You will need closed-toed shoes for running around in, and perhaps another comfortable pair for coming and going (flip-flops or sandals are fine for this).
Further Essential Equipment (all the above plus...)
- Enough pants, shorts, and shirts for one week (we will do laundry over the weekend for campers staying for multiple weeks)
- Enough socks & underwear for one week
- A swim suit and a towel for the river
- A sweater or jacket that will be warm even if it gets wet
- Warm shirt and pants (not jeans) for sleeping in on camping trips if it gets cold at night
- Warm pajamas for in-camp
- Wool socks (one or two pairs) for hiking
- A hat for keeping the sun off your face
- A warm hat for cold weather
- Essential toilet items and a towel for the showers
- A good flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
- Water bottle (at least 1 quart!)
- Plastic bowl, plastic cup, and a spoon (or a mess kit) to take hiking
- Sun screen
- Bedding for your cabin - twin sheets, a pillow, and maybe a blanket (if you don't want to use your sleeping bag as a blanket)
- Musical instrument
- Laundry bag
- Reading material
- Writing materials and envelopes w/ stamps
- Bug repellent
- Journal or sketch pad
- Sports Equipment
- Playing cards
- Sleeping bag sheet (use a double bed sheet, fold in half, sew two edges) for camping on hot nights when mosquitoes are out
- Camera (please no cameras that play music, games, make calls or send messages)
- White garmets that you wish to tie-dye (must be 100% cotton!)
Please do not bring:
- Any item you cannot bear to lose (especially jewelry and watches)
- Delicate clothing
- Food or candy
- Any illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products
- Make up or perfumed cosmetic products
- Any weapon
- Aerosol dispensers or spray cans
- Good luggage
- Fireworks, matches, candles or lighters
- Electronics: this is a very firm policy and no hair dryers, electric musical instruments, phones, music players and gaming devices are allowed at camp. Cameras that do not play music, make calls or send messages are permitted, but please remember not to send your child with anything too valuable to be lost or damaged.
Label everything! You wouldn't believe the size of the lost and found pile at the end of camp! If it has your name on it, it has a better chance of finding its way home.