Insiders Guide to Packing for Camp
Insiders Guide for Packing for Camp
Packing for camp is one of the most asked about topics in getting ready for Shwyader whether it is your first year or tenth year at camp. We are always looking for a better and more efficient way of getting the job done. We, at Shwayder Camp have put together an important list of “to do’s” in order to get you and you camper ready for an amazing session at Shwayder Camp.
Pack With Your Camper
Packing with your camper is the first step in making sure they have a wonderful session at Shwayder Camp. Lay out the clothes with your camper when you are getting ready. Let them put their clothes in the duffel bag with you. Point out where there rain gear is, underwear, flashlight, and stationary. This is really important so you and your camper can see everything being packed and your camper knows where their favorite things are. When you pack with your camper you are making sure they know where everything is and insuring they have everything they need to keep warm and dry at camp. For our youngest campers one recommendation is pack each days clothes in a zip lock bag and label it with the day of the week on it.
A Fitted Bed Sheet is a Must
The bottom line is every camper needs a fitted sheet even if they plan on sleeping in their sleeping bag. It is a American Camping Association regulation for all camps. For younger campers, we recommend sheets and a blanket rather than a sleeping bag for two reasons: first, if they have to get out of bed at night to use the restroom, it is much easier to get out of sheets and a blanket, second, if your child has an accident it is also easier to wash sheets and a blanket as opposed to a sleeping bag.
Proper Outdoor Clothes are Essential
Summer in the mountains is very different then summer anywhere else. The weather is variable and temperature shifts happen often. We want your children to be warm and comfortable! Please, please pack clothes with material that wicks away moisture and not 100% cotton, especially for overnights. Once cotton gets wet, it stays wet and that is no fun at camp. We recommend the campers wear layers that include fleece or dry fit base layers. These materials make sure your camper stays warm and dry.
Pre-Addressed and Stamped Envelopes
We want your campers to send letters home. You can help…please send your camper with stationary and pre-addressed stamped envelopes to camp. We do not have stamps available for sale or stationary. So make sure your camper knows where their stationary and envelopes are when they are packing for camp.
The Dollar Store is your Best Friend
Where to you get a shower caddy, toothbrushes, stationary, and all of the other odds and ends you need for camp….The Dollar Store! We have found the Dollar Store to carry a plethora of items that come in handy at camp. Small size bottles for shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothpaste, travel games for cabin time, cards to send to your campers, and more.
Pack in a Duffel Bag
Packing in a large duffel bag is best. When your child gets to camp, they will unpack their clothes and put them in shelves then the duffel bags can be stored under bunk beds and do not take up a lot of living space. Large duffel bags can be purchased at a wide variety of stores like TJMaxx, Ebay, or Amazon. Again, when packing your duffel bag please do so with your camper.
Camp clothes for Shabbat, ropes course and horseback riding
There are certain activities that call for some special clothing at Shwayder Camp. The first is Shabbat. Each week we come together as a camp to celebrate Shabbat. One way we celebrate is to dress in something white. You do not need to have an entire outfit that is white, but something should be white like a shirt, a pair of pants, a dress or a sweater. This helps everyone get in the mood for Shabbat.
On the ropes course we like it if kids wear shoes that tie or velcro so they do not come off while on the zipline. It is often more comfortable for the campers to wear long shorts or pants so the harness does not bother their bare skin.
Horseback riding requires campers to wear jeans and boots. The jeans are necessary so they do not get chaffed while riding. Leggings do not work as well because they are not thick enough. Also, boots with a heel are important so campers stay in the stirrups and they are better able to guide the horses when riding.
The Official Shwayder Camp Packing List
Jeans/pants (3 per week)
Shorts (3 per week)
Sweatshirts or fleece tops (3 per week)
Long sleeved T-shirts (5 per week)
Short sleeved T-shirts (5 per week)
Hiking clothes (moisture wicking material)
Shabbat outfit (1 per week)
Pajamas (1 per week)
Socks (7 per week)
Hiking socks (1 per week)
Underwear (7 per week)
Bathing suit (no speedos or string bikinis)
Boots with a heel for horseback riding
Sheets (fitted sheet is REQUIRED)
Towel (1 per week)
Light weight framed backpack (Aleph campers do not need this, a school backpack will work)
Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc…
Winter hat and gloves
Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes