Gearing Up

Here are a few time-tested ideas to make sure your kids have all of the personal items they will need for their Maine summer camp experience—and nothing they don‘t:

  • Review your camp's packing list early and make sure you know exactly what items you need to look out for to purchase.
  • Some camps have required camp clothing that needs to be purchased from a specific Camp Outfitter. Your camp will notify you of this, but it is important to place these orders early in case there are sizing issues.
  • Stick to the list the camp provides, but if your child has a tendency to lose personal items or damage clothing, you might want to add some extra necessities.
  • If your child uses a retainer or wears glasses it is always a good idea to send a backup pair.
  • Label EVERYTHING with your child‘s first and last name—not just clothing. Use laundry proof fabric makers, or name tapes, depending on the item you are labeling.
  • “Containerize” smaller items when packing. Put similar things together in see-through travel bags, zip-locks or plastic units so that they are easy to find and keep organized.
  • Put stationery/stamps/mail in large plastic envelopes or in a clipboard with a storage compartment.
  • Pack linens, sleeping bags, pillows and outerwear in a duffle bag together.
  • When packing you child‘s bag, place larger items on the bottom, folded or rolled and smaller items on top.
  • If your child/teen will be traveling to camp with their luggage on a coach bus or flight, make sure that they can comfortably carry what they are bringing with them.

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Changed My Life

Rachel said,

I decided to go to camp as a nine-year old little girl. One decision about summer camp changed my life forever. As I stepped off of the bus for the first time, little did I know that I would eagerly return to this home away from home for the next seven summers of my life.  My memories are unforgettable. I made life long best friends and summer sisters who I can always count on, and who I will never forget.
Memories So Dear

Jamie said,

I was fortunate enough to spend 9 summers of my childhood at an amazing camp in Maine. I genuinely believe that my experiences there have influenced who I am today. There have been so many times in my life where I've thought, "Where did I learn that? Man, I still remember that from Camp." I can't forget the first time I got up on skis, my first bulls-eye, my first solo-sail, and my first dance. I hold these memories so dear and I feel so grateful to be able to offer my two daughters this same experience.
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