Introduction

CAMPERS: We've assembled this visual equipment list to help you ensure you have what you need for a safe, comfortable and successful camp experience. Please look over the list, then make an inventory of what you already have, and what you may need to borrow, make, upcycle or buy. You might like printing out this page so you can circle, cross out and make notes under things as you assemble your kit. If you have questions about any item, or if you're having trouble finding something, please send us an email.

PARENTS: Adventure Camp is all about learning how to do things for ourselves, sometimes in the face of adversity. Please support your student's learning and self-reliance by expecting them to do what they can to pull their gear together. Feel free to help if/when needed. Thank you!

How to Use this List

  1. Gather all the stuff on this list. Make sure to read the descriptions; they help you know what you need.
  2. A few days before camp, pack everything into two duffel bags, a "Daily" duffel and an "Overnight" duffel. Label each bag with your name in some way. You can write your name on the bag, attached a luggage tag, or tie a bandana on the handle.
  3. Bring your Daily Duffel the first day with your stuff in it. You will work out of your Daily Duffel all week. Bring the Overnight Duffel on Thursday morning.
 

Bring recharged Each Day

This stuff will get dirty or empty each day and you'll need to change it out or fill it up. Use your daypack as your daily tote bag for this gear.

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SYNTHETIC TEES
Anything non-cotton will do. Synthetic shirts dry WAY faster than cotton shirts.

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SHORTS
Because it's summertime and it will likely be plenty warm. 

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WATER BOTTLE (2)
Perhaps your most valuable asset? Bring two 1-liter bottles.

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LUNCH
Don't get hangry! Bring lots of grub. A plastic box reusable box will keep food safe and dry.

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SOCKS (NON-COTTON PREFERRED)
Blisters are not cool. Or comfortable.

 
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SWIMMING SUIT
You might need this every day. Most days, at least.

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TOWEL
Also an every-day item. You don't need to bring a XXXL blanket-size thing... just enough to dry you off.

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DAY PACK
Something sturdy, preferably with a hip belt. Please no drawstring bags!

 
 

In Your "Daily" duffel Bag (this will stay in the van)

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SYNTHETIC LONG SLEEVE (FLEECE OR OTHER)
Mostly for our overnight trip, but helpful anytime it is wet, breezy and/or cold.

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RAIN SHELL
Because sometimes it will rain. Unless there is lightning, we won't run for cover.

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SYNTHETIC PANTS
Mostly for our overnight canoe trip, in case the temps are low.

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SUN HAT
Ball cap or wide brim, you choose! Bring both for maximum style options.

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HIKING SHOES (LOW OR HIGH-TOP)
Close-toed shoes help keep toes safe around rocks and bike pedals.

 
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SUN GLASSES
Protection from UV rays. $5 gas station frames work well. Bonus points for keeper straps.

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WATER FOOTWEAR
Close-toed, water-friendly protection from mysterious river & lake bottoms. Can be shoes or sandals.

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BIKE HELMET
Protect your most valuable body part!

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BUG SPRAY
Not mandatory, but the bug magnets out there may keep it handy.

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SUNSCREEN
Smart outdoor athletes don't come home with sunburns. Avoid pain, skin cancer and lectures from your parents!

 
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DUFFEL BAG
Put all your stuff for the week in here.

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MEDICATIONS
Bring any daily medication inside a safe container. Let us know what you have and when/how you use it.

 
 

Overnight Gear (stuff you only need to bring Thursday)

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SLEEPING BAG
Stay warm & cozy at night. 30˚ rating is the sweet spot. Let us know if you don't have a good option.

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SLEEPING PAD
Another warm & cozy item. Either foam or air, both work. If you don't have one, let us know.

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TOILETRIES
Stuff you bring to grandma's. Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, contact solution and whatnot.

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DUFFEL BAG
Another bag to carry this stuff, keep it organized and clean.

 
 

totally optional!

Please don't go out and buy new gear just for camp. If you have these things and would like to bring them, you are welcome to.

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HEADLAMP w/ BATTERIES
For seeing at night during our overnight trip.

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CLIMBING HELMET
To protect your head from falls and falling objects.

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CLIMBING HARNESS
The connection between the climbing rope and your body.

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ROCK SHOES
Shoes with super-sticky rubber soles to help you climb.

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PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD)
We will wear PFDs for all water activities.

 

Please Do Not Bring

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KNIVES OR MULTI-TOOL
Too easy to hurt ourselves or our gear. We'll have tools on hand.

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PHONE
If you need a phone for pick-up reasons, that's okay. We'll store it for you during the day.

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CAMERA
Caring for a camera in adverse environments can be difficult. We'll share photos with the group!