What to Pack
Hi Camp Gilgal! Sneezy here… and can we just talk about how soon camp is!? It’s blowing my mind, but I could not be more excited! Staff training starts in less than a week, so packing is on my mind. I know it can be overwhelming, but I’m here today to hopefully make your packing experience slightly easier. Before we get into it… I want you to know that all the staff are praying for you and we are SO excited to see you! Okay… let’s jump into it!
The Essentials – Clothing:
Do not bring your fanciest, nicest clothes to camp. Trust me, your clothes are going to get dirty (all in good fun, of course). Bring clothes that you are comfortable in and can move around easily in. The weather can really vary at camp. I would recommend bringing a few pairs of long pants (leggings, sweatpants, jeans… whatever you prefer) and a few pairs of shorter pants (capris, athletic shorts, jean shorts). For shirts, bring items that you can easily layer. A few t-shirts, a few tank tops, a few long sleeve shirts, a couple sweaters, and a light jacket or vest. Again, pack casually, camp is certainly no fashion show (although you will want to pack a set of good clothes for Shabbat). In terms of undergarments… bring extra. They don’t take up much room in your suitcase and you’ll be thankful for extra clean socks and underwear! Bring a few pairs of pajamas, a pair for warmer weather and a pair for cooler weather. Lastly, bring a pair of flip flops for the shower, a couple pairs of running shoes or sneakers, and rain boots are a good idea too.
Remember we do laundry once at junior camp, so don’t forget a laundry bag to put your dirty clothes in!
The Essentials – Clothing List:
- Long pants
- Short pants
- Shirts (t shirts, tank tops, long sleeve, sweaters)
- Light jacket or vest
- Good clothes for Shabbat
- Shoes (flip flops, running shoes/sneakers, rain boots)
- A hat and sunglasses
- Laundry bag
The Essentials – Toiletries:
Did I hear someone say dental inspection?! Even though we’re away from home and having way too much fun to even think about showering or brushing our teeth, basic hygiene is something that is important at camp. It means that our cabins won’t smell as bad, you run less of a risk of getting sick, and people would much rather talk to someone with minty fresh breath rather than pizza breath! As you’re thinking about toiletries you need to pack, think from head to toe. Everything you need to bring to take care of your hair all the way to your toes – and that will ensure you don’t forget anything! Bring your toothbrush, enough toothpaste for 2 weeks, floss, and any other dental care items you need (mouthwash, retainers, if you have braces pack what you need for that). For shower items, it is a good idea to bring a shower caddy with your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and any other soap you need. Bring any face wash or lotion you use. Bring a hairbrush as well. Deodorant is a good idea as running around all day can make you sweaty and smelly! If you have any prescriptions, those go straight to the camp nurse and you will be able to take them as you need. Toiletries are personal… so bring what you use on a daily basis.
The Essentials – Toiletries List:
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc.
- Shower items: shampoo, conditioner, soap
- Face care items
The Essentials – What you really really really must bring:
No fooling around with these ones, folks. Let’s get straight into the list –
- Sleeping bag
- Bed sheets
- Stuffed animal (if you want!)
- Towel (bring 2 – one for the shower, and one for the pool)
- Flashlight (bring backup batteries or extra flashlights)
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Water bottle (PLEASE bring a water bottle!)
- Bible, notebook, and pens
Camp is definitely the funnest 2 weeks of the year (funnest is not a word… but there is no word to describe how fun camp is, so I will bend the rules of grammar to try to convey to you just how great these two weeks are!). There are some items you can pack that are not essential, but will make your time at camp that much more enjoyable. Postcards and writing materials are a great item to have during FOB (flat on bunk) time, and I’m sure your family would love to hear from you! A camera (disposable is a good choice) to capture the memories is also a fun item to have. If you’re a reader like I am, then bring your favourite book to read during FOB. Finally, there will be many opportunities to dress up in crazy clothes and have a blast (theme meals, tribe times, certain activities, etc.). Bring your craziest animal outfit, your best fashion disaster wear, and any other dress up clothes you want!
A brief note on what not to bring: NO ELECTRONICS PLEASE! This includes phones, iPods, iPads, computers or laptops, etc. Camp is a great time to be separated from the business of the world and focus on making new friends, and developing your relationship with Y’shua.
Good luck with packing and I can’t wait to see you!
In Him, Sneezy