What to Bring to Camp
The following is a comprehensive list of what (and what not) to bring to Camp. Camper registered for two weeks should bring enough clothes to last their entire stay. Campers registered for a month will have their laundry done the first, second and third weeks of their stay at camp. All articles, including shoes, socks, hats, clothing and athletic equipment must be marked with your camper’s name. Campers are urged to keep track of their belongings and are given the opportunity to claim lost articles each week.
Clothing and equipment list
We recommend the clothing and equipment listed below. Quantities are based on a two-week session, so please pack accordingly if your child is staying longer. Because temperatures and weather conditions vary during the summer, campers must have cool-weather and rain gear. Camp clothes experience a lot of wear and tear—please don’t pack pricey clothing that you wouldn’t want damaged.
Important! Please mark all of your child’s items with his or her name. Lost and unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
- Bed linens and washable sleeping bag
- Pillow/2 pillow cases
- Waterproof rain gear (see note below)
- Footwear (see note below)
- Nice outfit for end-of-month banquet: a simple dress or skirt for girls and a polo shirt for boys
- Shorts (8)
- Jeans or rugged pants (2)
- Underwear (for 2 weeks)
- T-shirts (10)
- Athletic socks (8 pair)/2-pair warm or wool socks
- Sweatshirt and sweatpants
- Wool sweater or warm fleece pullover
- Light windbreaker-type jacket
- Sneakers (2 pairs in case one gets wet)
- Swimsuit (2): one-piece for girls and trunk-style for boys
- Beach towels (2)
- Face towel/bath towel
- Flashlight (extra batteries)
- Stamps and stationary (to write home!)
- Sunscreen/lip balm/sunglasses
- Bible (NIV version suggested)
- 1 laundry bag (labeled with name!)
- Insect repellent/after-bite stick
- Personal hygiene items (in labeled bag)
- Soap and shampoo
- 1 water bottle
- Backpack or daypack for hikes
- Teddy bear
Optional Stuff (please label with your camper’s name)
Fishing gear, baseball glove, tennis racquet, lacrosse stick, non-electric musical instrument (no tubas or drums, please).
When purchasing rain gear, look for coated nylon or PVC-coated waterproof (not repellent) material. Vinyl rain wear and ponchos are not recommended. We also recommend making duplicate lists of items brought to camp—one list to accompany the camper so they can check inventory when packing to return home—and one list to remain at home.
Recently we have noticed many foot injuries at camp related to the lack of proper footwear. Camp is a tough environment for feet with dirt roads, paths through the woods, and an abundance of sticks and rocks. The BEST footwear you can provide your kids at camp are types with closed toes that also have straps around the foot and ankle to keep the shoes on the feet while running. Sneakers and closed toe sport sandals work well. No campers will be permitted to engage in activities if they are wearing any type of footwear that does not have a strap. The exception to this will be at the waterfront or walking to the boy’s shower house where “flip flops” are permitted.
We strongly recommend duffel bags instead of footlockers or traditional luggage for transporting your child’s gear to camp! Duffels are easier to pack, travel with, and store easily under your child’s bunk at camp.
Gear for special programs/trips
In addition to the items listed above, some programs and trips (such as rafting, hiking and horseback riding) require more specialized clothing. The following is a list of additional items to bring based on the specific trips/ programs in which your camper may participate:
- Campers age 11 and older: Hiking boots for overnight backpacking trip. Boots should cover the ankle, have an aggressive tread, allow for a heavy sock, and be made of leather, synthetic corduroy or combination of both. Durable boots usually cost between $50-$100.
- Campers age 14 and older: Rain jacket, rain pants and rain hat for day hikes.
- Campers age 15 and older: Polypropylene long-underwear for 3-day hike/canoe trip.
- Kennebec River white water rafting trip: Teva-type sandals with ankle straps, water shoes or sneakers (must be worn at all times), wool or polypropylene (No cotton!) socks, bathing suit, shorts and outer layer for off-river wear, quick-drying nylon top to protect against bugs/sun, wool sweater or fleece.
- Horsemanship program: Riding boots or approved shoes (those with a smooth sole and 1⁄2” heel) and long pants. Camp provides helmets.
Please note that most sporting equipment will be provided by Camp. Campers interested in basketball or tennis will need appropriate court sneakers.
Sleeping bags and bedding
Washable sleeping bags are a must at Camp. In the cooler months (June and mid-August), we suggest bringing a blanket in addition to your sleeping bag. In the warmer months (July and early August) many campers bring a fitted sheet for their bunk and use their sleeping bag as a blanket. All campers must bring their own pillow. Sleeping bags may be purchased at any sporting goods store (usually least expensive) or special wilderness outfitters, such as L.L. Bean, REI or EMS.
Please note that if your child experiences occasional or frequent bed-wetting, you will need to make some special preparations. Sleeping bags should not be used for daily sleeping in this circumstance; please bring sheets and a washable blanket for your child to use. Give us a call if you expect this to be an issue with your child as we will be better prepared to handle this situation if we know in advance.
What not to bring to Camp
In keeping with Camp’s philosophy, electronic equipment is not allowed—please keep these items at home. This includes radios, televisions, iPods, hand-held electronic games, iPads, Kindles, and cell phones. If your camper brings these items, they will be placed in the Camp office for the duration of their stay. Digital cameras are permitted if used appropriately.
Returning lost items
Camp will not accept responsibility for lost or stolen articles. Marked items left at Camp may be mailed home only when a parent calls or e-mails the office to identify the missing item and reimburses Camp for the mailing cost. Please understand that hundreds of nice items are left at Camp every summer. We can neither pay to mail everything back to its owner nor hold the items indefinitely. Unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization by the middle of September.
Camp Dress Code
Clothing worn daily and at the end-of-month banquet should be modest and appropriate for the Camp environment. Please NO strapless, spaghetti strap or backless dresses or shirts. Dresses and skirts must be no shorter than knee length.
Please don’t put Camp in an uncomfortable position—make sure that outfits are appropriate. We reserve the right to ask your child to change clothes if deemed inappropriate.
- Deer Run: White, green or khaki shorts and Deer Run Camp T-shirt
- Brookwoods: Navy or khaki shorts and Brookwoods Camp T-shirt