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Preparing for Camp

What should my camper bring?

First and foremost, a camper should show up well rested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend those between the ages of 6 and 12 receive nine to 12 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Teenagers should receive eight to 10 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.


In terms of food, campers should bring two snacks plus a healthy lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration. Please don’t pack perishable food items such as cream-based products and egg products besides hard-boiled eggs. If sending any semi-perishable food products (meats, cheeses, mayonnaise, etc.), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends freezing your camper’s beverage or water bottle and placing it next to the semi-perishable food or using a small insulated container/non-breakable thermos. Alternatively, you could freeze the food product. However, during extremely hot weather, it’s best to use only processed/packaged food.


Hydration is also important to send a water bottle labeled with the camper’s full name or natural juice boxes. Freezing your camper’s water bottle or beverage will keep it cool throughout the day. During extremely hot weather it is best to use only processed/packaged food products.


Lastly, please let us know if your camper has any special dietary needs.

What should my camper wear?

Campers should wear modest and appropriate clothing - nothing too loose or too tight for participation in camp activities. Clothing that exposes cleavage, midriff, or buttocks when bending, running, etc., is not acceptable. Campers should bring comfortable clothing and footwear they can safely move in including standing, sitting, running, playing, dancing, etc.


  • For sports, martial arts, yoga, and dance camps: Wear athletic shoes appropriate for that activity, shorts or athletic bottoms, and a t-shirt or performance top


  • For fine arts and STEM camps: Wear clothes that can get dirt/materials on them

  • For travel/outdoor adventure camps: Details will be sent to campers before camp starts based on the activities of the week

  • For Leadership Institute: Leadership students are asked to attend the Leadership Institute in business casual unless specified by the Leadership Head Counselor. Business casual can be defined as a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression. For instance, women should wear a combination of a skirt or dress slacks, blouse, sweater, twinset, jacket (optional), and hosiery (optional) with closed toe shoes. Men should wear dress slacks or chinos, a button-down shirt, dark socks, and dress shoes.

Is there anything my camper should not bring?

Yes. For the safety and security of everyone, please refrain from bringing/wearing the following:

  • Portable electronic devices with the exception of cell phones

  • Loose jewelry and earrings that are not studs 

  • Pets, unless otherwise approved by the Director beforehand to assist a camper with a differing ability

  • Weapons, knives, contraband of any kind

Medicines/drugs, unless otherwise approved by the Director beforehand to assist a camper with an illness or differing ability