We know that preparing your camper’s suitcase/duffel bag/trunk/whatever receptacle of belongings you so desire to send your camper to camp with may be a little stress-inducing. On the one hand, you want to ensure that your camper has everything that he or she will need to make it through their time at camp unscathed (…or at least with as few bug bites as possible), but on the other hand, you don’t want your camper to have too many extraneous items (because, if we’re honest, the likelihood of those items staying at camp forever instead of coming home where they belong is pretty high). It’s a delicate balance to say the least. Thankfully we’ve compiled all of the “must-haves” as well as some of the “it-might-be-helpful-to-haves” for you in the following packing list! Additionally, we have included a list of items that should always be left at home (i.e., what NOT to bring to camp). Finally, we’ve included our policy on ‘appropriate’ camp clothing at the bottom. Please take a gander and let us know if you believe that we left off a necessity. While camp may still be weeks away, it’s never too soon to start thinking about what your camper will need while he or she is on the mountain!
What to Bring
We recommend the following items to give your camper everything that he or she will need while away at camp. Of course, certain items (such as clothing) will vary depending on the length of your child’s session and we leave that up to your discretion- campers will not be able to do laundry during the session except in the case of an emergency. Please label everything with camper’s first and last names. We suggest using a suitcase, duffel bag, plastic under-bed box or a trunk. Please keep in mind that luggage is kept under bunk beds.
Additional Items for Specific Camps
What NOT to Bring
In addition to ensuring that your camper has everything that he or she needs while at camp, please help us guarantee that the following items are NOT brought to camp by reviewing what has made its way into your camper’s bag. Please understand that if any of these items are found at camp, they will be confiscated immediately and your child may be sent home.
Clothing and Dress Code
Shrine Mont Camps are located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of western Virginia, surrounded by mountains. We find that our weather patterns include days in the 80-85 degree Fahrenheit range and nights in the 65-70 degree range. Of course, there are days/nights that fall outside of these averages, but this is a general rule of thumb. Most campers wear t-shirts and shorts while at camp. It is important for campers to bring clothes that are comfortable, can get dirty and have already been washed a few times.
Philosophically, we understand that clothes are an important statement for young people about who they are and how they want to be seen. Our reality, though, is that we operate an Episcopalian camp in the outdoors with children of many different ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Clothing can be torn, lost, stained or undergo other mishaps.
Please make sure that whatever you send errs on the side of modesty: clothing must cover all private body parts and undergarments; tankini or one-piece bathing suits are required for females, board shorts or loose-fitting swim trunks are required for males. We will ask campers to change clothes if we feel they are inappropriate and we cannot be responsible for damaged or missing items.
Questions or concerns about our dress code? Don't see something that should be included on our 'What NOT to Bring' list? Have questions about an item that is included on the 'What to Bring' list? Send them our way via Meg Schwarz- talking about what campers should bring to camp reminds her of how exciting it was to get ready for camp when she was a camper many moons ago!
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