Packing for Camp
You should receive information on policies and procedures before your child is ready to go. The following checklist should help you decide what you do or don't need to pack:
- Bedding: Sleeping bags, sheets, blankets and pillows are usually the camper's responsibility. Most beds are twin size or smaller and may be bunk style. Some camps supply linens.
- Towels: Usually supplied by the camper.
- Clothing: Most camps supply a list of recommended clothing that varies with the climate. Be sure to pack long pants (for hikes and/or horseback riding) as well as shorts. Comfortable, durable shoes are a must, while special footwear is advisable for certain activities (tennis, hiking, horseback riding). Use a permanent marker or name tags to identify your child's belongings. Some camps require campers to wear uniforms. Some camps will furnish the uniforms while others will provide you with ordering information.
- Toiletries: A small bag can be handy for toiletries if a camper has to walk to a separate building for showering and bathing. It is wise to pack sunscreen, lip balm and insect repellent, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo, a hairbrush and comb, and deodorant (if your child uses it).
- Laundry: Generally, sessions under two weeks don't include laundry service. You might send a pillow case or laundry bag to store dirty clothing.
- Equipment: Camps usually provide items such as oars, life jackets and craft materials, but check with the camp to be sure. The camper may want to bring a tennis racquet, musical instrument or backpack. Don't pack radios, televisions, portable CD players, stereos, food or hunting knives.
- Spending Money: Camps have different policies on children bringing spending money. Some have stores that sell T-shirts, film, candy and other items. Check with the camp staff.
- Medicine: Any medication should be properly labeled in its original container with dosage instructions and given to the camp's medical personnel for safe keeping.
- Insurance: Camper health and accident insurance may be provided by the camp. You might be asked to bring information on family health and accident coverage. Be sure to ask the camp director if there are additional charges for insurance.
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