Camp is outside, and our campers play hard! Therefore, CJL recommends packing comfortable “play” clothes that your daughter feels safe getting dirty. Likewise, towels and bedding may get dirty, stained, or even mildewed, so please don’t send your best linens!
In general, electronics are not recommended at camp. Portable radios, media players, electronic games, etc. detract from the peace of the natural setting; therefore, if these items are brought to camp, they should have headphones. Keep in mind that there are no outlets to plug in rechargeable electronics. Cell phones and expensive electronics are not permitted at camp.
1 week packing list and tips
2 week packing list and tips
Please make sure everything is labeled with the camper’s name! If you order your labels from Mabel’s Labels, CJL gets a small return– thank you!
During the middle weekend of each two-week session, campers who choose to do so may submit their laundry for cleaning. (It is returned the next day.) A charge of $6.00 is applied to the camper’s Trading Post bill for this service.
Foot care is very important when you live outdoors. At CJL, socks must be worn at all times, and no open shoes (open toes or open heels) may be worn except between the tent and the shower. Sandals, clogs, and similar items are not permitted outside the context of the showers.
Many campers find that sturdy tennis shoes do just fine. Some prefer boots. Those participating in horseback activities should have sturdy shoes or boots with sound heels about 1″ high; specialized riding boots are not required. Many campers end up playing in the river at some point, so an old pair of tennis shoes might be in order.
Each camper must have a piece of plastic large enough to cover her bed during the day (to ward off rain and humidity), typically about 9 feet by 4 feet (3 meters by 1.5 meters). Dropcloths, plastic table cloths, plastic twin-bed mattress covers, and plain old tarps all suffice.
Most campers pack their belongings in a trunk. Rubber and plastic trunks are superior to wooden ones since they’re less expensive, much more durable, easier to transport, and easier to clean. Remember that someone has to carry what you bring, so keep it small and lightweight, if possible!
The Container Store carries a variety of storage trunks, including a sturdy, affordable plastic trunk. During spring and summer, Walmart and Target often carry trunks in stores. In addition, there are many websites that feature good quality trunks (in fun colors too!), as well as a variety of summer camp supplies. If you order your trunk/supplies from Everything Summer Camp, CJL will get a small return– thank you!
The camper’s trunk should contain the bulk of her clothing. However, anything the parents may want to help the camper set up in her tent, like bedding and toiletries, should be packed separately in a tote bag, backpack, or laundry bag. Camp staff will see to the delivery of the trunk to the camper’s tent, but that might take a while — there are many trunks to deliver.
The humidity at camp is often high (it’s outside in Georgia in the summer). Anything that might not react well to that (paper goods, in particular) should be packed in plastic bags or containers. Some find that packing each day’s clothing in a large, locking plastic bag is helpful, too.
Because campers live out of their trunks for the time that they are with us, packing well and being organized (or at least starting off that way!) really help to make a camper’s stay more enjoyable.