What To Bring

Clothing and equipment packing list for 1 week

You probably have most of what is needed:

General Clothing:

-7 t-shirts
-6 underwear
-6 pairs of socks
-3 pairs of shorts
-2 pairs of sport pants
-1 pair of jeans
-2 pair of leggings (for girls)
-1 warm pyjamas (long sleeves and pants)
-1 lightweight jacket with lining
-2 warm sweaters/hoodies
-1 rain coat
-1-2 swimsuits
-1 sun hat
-1-2 pairs of running shoes or hiking boots
-1 rain boots
-1 pair of sandals or flip-flops (for beach and shower)

Packing list assumes laundry in the middle of 2 week session

Bedding:

-1 pillowcase and 1 pillow
-1 sleeping bag with temperature rating of around 0C*

Toiletries:

-2 towels for showers and swimming. (They should be thin, non-bulky, lightweight, and beach size)
-1 toothbrush
-1 tube of toothpaste
-1 bar of soap with container
-1 bottle of shampoo
-1 hairbrush
-1 large box of tissues

Miscellaneous:

-flashlight with 4 extra battery packs**
-mosquito repellent
-sunglasses – optional
-water bottle
-sunscreen
-small backpack for caring a water bottle during rock climbing or hiking activities

Important!

  • Please note that this is only a suggested packing list and you are not required or obligated to pack ALL items on this list.
  • PLEASE DO NOT PACK YOUR CHILDREN’S BEST CLOTHES AS THEY MIGHT GET DIRTY!!
  • IF there is anything you should remember it is your sleeping bag!
  • Water bottle, sun hat and rain coat are absolutely must have things!   
  • Please write your child’s name on all of his/hers items.
  • *Most sleeping bags do not correspond to the temperature specification that is indicated on the manufacture’s label. As there is a difference of around 15 C between the temperature specified on the manufacturer’s label and reality; the sleeping bag you buy should have a temperature specification of around zero C. Also take into consideration that your child might need some extra comfort to adapt to camp.
  • **Flashlights and batteries are NOT available in camp and campers should bring a sufficient supply.

Things to pack for overnight summer camp

Optional

Bring your favorite music on USB drive for our Disco parties! Share your music preferences with your new friends!

It is so much FUN to participate in various Camp Shows, Theatre Performance and Dance Competitions! We have lots of costumes, but if you decide to bring some fashionable stuff that can help you to show your individuality, good taste and style – you are more than welcome to do it. Just make sure it is not expensive stuff.

Luggage

Recommended maximum luggage size: 70 cm x 40 cm x 30 cm plus sleeping bag, maximum weight: 15 kg plus sleeping bag. Transportation place is limited and overweight/oversized luggage will cause difficulties for your child. Luggage will not be accessible during the bus trip so make sure your child keeps everything he/she needs during the bus trip with him/her. Please wrap sleeping bag in a bag (plastic or other type).

When Packing

When packing for the overnight camp, involving your child is a must: show him/her what stuff they have and how it’s currently organized. Important! Show your child how to store it for every day. Do a role play- let’s see: What do you need in the morning? When going to the beach? In the evening? Where to put it after you use it? Where to store your laundry? How to organize stuff after you get it back from laundry? Show me how you unpack after your arrive? What to do with wet stuff? Remind your child to never keep wet stuff in the tent; he/she should hang it to dry outside on the clothing lines. (Our staff will remind campers too, it’s better from campers to make this into a habit). Which things will you need for everyday? Pack a few big plastic bags and show which clothes/stuff is stored there (for every day usage, it’s more convenient to pack by clothing type, such as pants, tops, etc., and store in separate plastic bags). Folding clothes is a very smart way to organize clothes; just make sure to teach your child to do on his/her own.

Labeling

Clothing will often get misplaced or lost while at camp. To avoid this, please label absolutely ALL your children’s stuff and sleeping bag before arrival. You can put a label or simply write the name or initials of your child. This recommendation is not exclusive for parents of young kids. Don’t be misled by the belief that your teenager will be able to keep track of all his/her stuff. There are too many other things to do at camp than keep track of all the items, so it’s better to label teenager’s stuff as well.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available for $3 (washer), $3 (dryer). Landry machines accept quarters and 1 dollar change only! Please pack respectively. Usually on Monday or Tuesday of the second week we ask campers to inspect their clothes to make sure that they have enough stuff till the end of the session. The group counsellor will help to do it, if needed. If someone needs to do laundry, they give their stuff to the counsellor, and the counselor supervises the laundry and returns it to the child. In any situation you child will face in the camp, there will be a counsellor to help.

DOES MY CHILD NEED ANY MONEY?

Campers do not need money at camp, other than to spend a few dollars at the convenience store and/or for laundry. So, plan appropriately. Remember, if your child brings cash to camp we are not responsible for it being lost or stolen. Put it in your child’s bag in a plastic zip locked bag with your child’s name on it and ask her/him to give it to the Camp Counsellor when asked, for storing after arrival.

Medication

Bring your child’s medications (if any) in a plastic zip locked bag with your child’s name on it and detailed instructions on how to use it if you want our camp staff to take care of it. Put it in your child’s bag and ask her/him to give it to the Camp Counsellor when asked, for storing after arrival.

DO NOT bring

  • Do not pack any electronic games as well as cell phones, please. They take away from the positive interaction among campers and might get lost. These items, along with unsafe items such as matches, knives, lighters will be confiscated and kept in administration storage till the end of the session.
  • Do not bring expensive items. We cannot be held responsible if they go missing.

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