Here’s the gear we recommend campers bring. It reflects the minimum our packing experts think they will need. Should your camper not arrive with one of the items listed in BOLD type, please note we will provide that item at a cost to you charged to your camp store account. This may delay your child’s ability to participate in certain classes which require specific items.
Put your name on it!
Helmets, towels, socks, etc., all look alike. So unless you hope to unpack only one water shoe, a bathing suit that is way too big, and a rain poncho with a rival school’s logo on it, MARK EVERYTHING with first and last name. You can write it in permanent ink, sew on a label, or whatever else works for you. Just make sure you get it on everything – even the toothbrush (would not want to get those mixed up!).
• 6-8 t-shirts & shorts
• 6-8 pairs of underwear and socks
• 2 pajamas or night shirts
• 2 swimsuits - girls must bring one-piece swimsuits or a swim shirt/rash guard and swim shorts (not a bathing suit bottom)
• 2 pairs of tennis shoes
• Sport sandals or aqua sandals
• Cap or hat
• 1 sweatshirt or light jacket
• 2 pairs of glasses (if needed)
• 1 set of twin-size bed sheets.
** If your camper has accidents, please send a waterproof mattress cover.**
• Pillow (Please not more than two if needed/desired.)
• Blanket or twin-size comforter
• 2 bath towels
• 2-3 wash cloths, if needed
• 1 large beach towels
• Shower soap
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Sunscreen & lip balm
• TWO laundry bags (with first and last name clearly marked on outside)
**Must bring two. If camper only has one, one will be purchased and charged to camp store account.**
• 1-2 water bottles. Please no camelbacks because they are too hard to clean. Must have first and last name or camper will be VERY thirsty!
• Flashlight with batteries
• Rain poncho
• Stationery and postage stamps (make sure your camper knows where to find these in their duffel)
• Swim goggles (if desired)
• Books, cards, or coloring books/drawing pads, if desired for Rest Period
Stuff to Leave at Home
• Candy, gum, food items – Every three hours-or-so, we feed campers plenty of yummy food including sweet treats and snacks, so no extras are needed.
• Knives, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or other dangerous items – Most are against the law for minors.
• Tape, such as masking tape or scotch tape – It’s fun to hang photos and letters from your friends and family on your walls but when removing the items, the paint on the walls comes off, too. 3M blue painters tape is the only approved tape to bring to display mementos.
• Bicycles and similarly large sporting equipment – Storage space in cabins is limited so we provide this type of equipment.
• Money – We have everything campers need here, and each camper has a camp store account to charge against if he/she forgets something or wants to purchase anything from The Outfitter.
• Valuable or irreplaceable items, such as jewelry, equipment, etc. – Murphy’s Law contends it most certainly will get broken or lost at camp. Better not to bring it. Lonehollow is not responsible for such losses.
• Cell Phones, IPODs that play videos**, laptop computers/tablets of any kind, e-readers, DVD/CD players and discs, personal gaming consoles, two-way radios, or any other type of web, texting, or Wi-Fi enabled devices – They definitely get in the way of our good old-fashioned fun, make it harder to meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful hill country views, and pose a high risk for being damaged or misplaced. If these items are inadvertently brought to camp, we will store them in the office and you can pick them up at the end of camp.
MP3 players that do NOT have video playback, or Wi-Fi capabilities i.e., the iPod shuffle, are allowed.
Why no electronic devices?
Part of what makes Lonehollow unique is the focus we place on helping campers discover their own unique talents and preparing them with life skills. Imagine trying to practice a cabin skit while campers have their faces buried in a screen? Or scoring high on cabin clean-up while competing with Minecraft to get cabin duties completed before breakfast? We don’t want campers to spend their time absorbed in electronic devices, to have unsupervised access to internet activity, or to share shows/videos with others whose parents deem the content not age appropriate. Therefore, we find it easiest just not to have them around. And that goes for staff too! Please help us keep our kids focused on camp. (See the “unplugged” section of The Compass for more detailed information on electronics.)
Enos and hammocks are a great way to lounge at camp. However, we ask that they not be hung from camp facilities. Trees are great but bunk beds are not.