Preparing For Camp

 

Our staff are trained to help your camper have the best week possible. You can help out
too! It's important to help your camper be prepared. 

 

Preparing your campers for camp before you arrive will help alleviate homesickness. Here’s how you can help:
1. Tell your children that homesickness is normal, that it means they have a home that they love.
2. Empathize with your child’s fears, but do not get infected by them.
3. Express confidence in your child’s resilience and admiration for their courage in going to camp.
4. Tell your child that you are sure they will get help from counselors and friends when needed.
5. And, please, tell your children that you want them to have fun. Children need to go off to camp with your blessing, not your worries.

It's also vital that campers bring the appropriate belongings, labeled to prevent lost items. Our packing list is as follows: 

  • T-shirts

  • Sweatshirt or jacket

  • Shorts

  • Long Pants

  • Swim Suit

  • Pajamas

  • Lots of underwear and socks

  • Poncho or raincoat

  • Baseball hat or sunhat

  • Tennis shoes

  • Water shoes or old tennis shoes

  • Hiking boots (tennis shoes will work too)

  • Flip-flops or shower shoes

  • Extra shoes

  • Water bottle

  • Flashlight

  • Sunglasses

  • A bath towel (or two) and beach towel

  • Pillow

  • Bedding- a sleeping bag or twin set of sheets

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Soap and shampoo

  • Bug spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Bag(s) to put dirty clothes in

 

Optional items:

  • Books

  • Stationary and stamps

  • iPod and charger

  • Camera

  • Stuffed animals

 

Please mark all of your camper’s items! We do our best to keep bunks organized and having labeled clothes and sundries helps a lot! Keep in mind that we spend a lot of time outside and can get quite dirty. It’s best to pack clothes you don’t mind getting messy. We typically get some rain throughout the week so it’s best to send your camper with extra clothes and extra shoes. Our facility has no cell phone service; please have your camper leave their phone at home or take it with you when you drop them off. Campers are allowed to listen to their Ipods with headphones during downtime and are allowed to use a camera. You are welcome to pack snacks for your camper though they will be collected by our staff and distributed at night during snack time. We don’t allow campers to have caffeine so please refrain from packing them soda or coffee. Please do not pack snacks or food except as needed for dietary restrictions-- pack these separately to give straight to the staff on arrival.

We have the option for campers to go on an overnight hike. There are a limited number of spots so unfortunately we aren’t able to bring everyone. We provide supplies but if your camper is interested, they are welcome to bring their own camping supplies.

If your camper takes medication, please bring it in its original container. We provide first-aid supplies. Please note that all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and supplements must be in their original containers and must be turned over to the Medical Officer at check-in on the first day of camp, with the exception of personal handheld emergency inhalers or Epipens. The Medical Officer will dispense prescription medications in accordance with the prescription, and over-the-counter medications and supplements in accordance with the dosage information on the container. If it is not necessary for the camper to continue taking supplements while at camp, consider keeping these at home for the week. Please refrain from taking a break from any ADD or ADHD medications during camp.