ACTIVITIES & PROGRAM
CHECKLIST & REMINDERS
FIRST TIME CAMPER GUIDE
health and welfare
LIFE AT CAMP
packing for camp
policies and procedures
travel & lodging
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. MARK EVERYTHING with first and last names. You can write in permanent ink or sew on a label. Put it on everything.
• 6-8 t-shirts and shorts
• 6-8 pairs of underwear and socks
• 2 pajamas or night shirts
• 2 swimsuits - girls must bring one-piece swimsuits or swim shirt/rash guard and swim shorts (not a bathing suit bottom)
• 1 pair of khaki shorts
• 2 pairs of tennis shoes
• Sport sandals or aqua sandals
• Cap or hat
• 1 sweatshirt or light jacket
• Rain poncho
• 1 set of twin-size bed sheets.
** If your camper has accidents, please send a waterproof mattress cover.**
• Pillow (No more than two)
• Blanket or twin-size comforter
• 2 bath towels
• 2-3 wash cloths, if needed
• 1 large beach towel
• Shower soap (liquid only)
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• 2 pairs of glasses (if needed)
• Lip balm
• 1 laundry bag (with first and last name clearly marked on outside)
• 1-2 water bottles. Please no Camelbaks as they are too hard to clean. Must have first and last name.
• Flashlight with batteries
• Stationery, pens, and postage stamps (make sure your camper knows where to find these in his/her duffel)
• Swim goggles (if desired)
• Books, cards, friendship bracelet string, or coloring books/drawing pads, if desired for Rest Period
Stuff to Leave at Home
• Candy, gum, food items – We feed campers about every three hours including sweet treats and snacks, so no extras are necessary.
• Knives, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or other dangerous items – Most are against the law for minors.
• 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 lost or broken at camp. Better not to bring it. Lonehollow is not responsible for such losses.
• Cell Phones, IPODs that play videos*, laptops/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 get in the way of good old-fashioned fun, 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.
• Pets of any kind
*MP3 players that do NOT have video playback, or Wi-Fi capabilities i.e., the IPOD shuffle or SanDisk Clip Sport MP3 Player, are allowed.*
Why no electronic devices?
Part of the Lonehollow experience is the focus we place on helping campers discover their own unique talents and preparing them with life skills. We don’t want campers to spend their time absorbed in electronic devices. We’d rather they disconnect to connect with those around them. Campers are allowed cameras; however, if used inappropriately, cameras will be collected and stored in Headquarters until Closing Day. (See the “unplugged” section of The Compass for more detailed information on electronics.)
Enos and hammocks are a great way to lounge at camp, but we ask that they not be hung from camp facilities. Trees are acceptable, but bunk beds are not.