Packing & Prep

What to Bring:

  • Housing & Bedding
    • Bring a sleeping bag or sheets & blankets. The cabins have standard single beds. It may get cold and/or rainy at some events.
    • You'll also probably want at least 2 towels, one for showering and one for the pool (if it's open).
    • If you're in a tent, do not use anything that produces a flame—torches, lanterns, candles, stoves—inside your tent; you risk setting yourself, your tent and/or your bedding on fire.
    • If this is the first time you're using your tent this season or it's new, we strongly suggest that you get it out and test setting it up at least once before you come. You might also want to test its waterproofing and re-seal it if it leaks. There are few things more miserable than sleeping in a leaky tent in the rain.
    • You'll also probably want an air mattress or pad between you and the ground; sleeping on the ground, even with a sleeping bag, will make you feel old and creaky before your time. Make sure that you have all the pieces (tent, poles, stakes, ropes, fly, tarp/ground cloth...), and a mallet (for pounding stakes) and a claw hammer (for pulling them).
    • We also request that you flag your ropes with reflective or brightly-colored tape so that people can avoid them in the dark. If you need some, come by HQ. We keep a roll there.
  • Clothes
    • While our camping events are clothing-optional, clothes are often a good option. Layers are your friend. We strongly suggest at least one warm outfit, a rainproof of some sort and one pair of rain-friendly shoes. Bring event garb, sandals, hiking shoes, outrageous costumes, comfy clothes, a swimsuit if you don't want to skinny-dip...
  • Food
    • At the event, the Canteen may sell ice, soda and snacks.
    • If you're on the meal plan, you'll still probably want to bring some snacks and/or drinks.
    • If you're not on the meal plan:
      • when planning your camp kitchen, please remember that fire regulations prohibit using camp stoves or grills inside your cabin or on the porch.
      • We suggest:
        • a pop-up, dining fly, other other shade pieceat least one cooler (neither the events nor the camp can provide food storage)
        • a camp stove or hibachi (remember fuel and/or charcoal) and a lighter or matches
        • plates and eating utensils
        • cooking utensils and a hot mitt
        • a can opener and a churchkey
        • a dishpan and dish soap. You can get hot water from cabins, but you can't wash dishes in the cabin sinks.
        • napkins and/or paper towels
        • trash bags. Remember that there are raccoons and other critters that like people food on site. It's a good idea to hang your trash bag up high to discourage them, and to store your non-refrigerated food in sturdy containers.
  • Personal Care
    • If you're taking prescription medications, please bring enough to last you the whole time you're onsite and appropriate storage.
    • If you have a Medic Alert bracelet, please wear it all the time.
    • You'll probably also want:
      • soap, shampoo & conditioner
      • a basic first aid kit
      • razor, comb & brush, toothbrush & toothpaste
      • aspirin/ibuprofen/acetominophen
      • bug repellent
      • sunblock
      • other necessities
  • Shade
    • We suggest at least one pop-up or similar shade piece for your camp.
    • If you're running a camp kitchen, a second shade piece for your cooking & food storage is a really good idea.
  • Light
    • We suggest a flashlight and spare batteries (It gets dark at night, even with a full moon, and it can be difficult to navigate), tiki torches, bug buckets (big citronella candles), and a propane and/or battery lamp.
  • Chairs & Tables
    • You're going to want someplace to sit while you're in camp, and somewhere to set your plates and drinks.
    • If you're cooking, you'll also need a sturdy table to set your stove on and to prep food on.
    • You might also want a small portable chair for taking to classes or workshops.
  • Tools & Miscellaneous (these things can come in handy)
    • a fire extinguisher
    • a mini sewing kit that includes a couple of safety pins
    • both a sledge hammer (for pounding stakes) and a claw hammer (for pulling them)
    • extra bungee cords
    • extra tent stakes
    • duct or gaff tape
    • a clock
    • extra ziploc bags and extra trash bags
    • a rain poncho
    • a pair of binoculars (for sky-watching or birding)
  • Fun stuff
    • rope!
    • safety shears or the equivalent (we require all rope tops to have one visible and within reach at all times during scenes)
    • more rope
    • camp decorations & banners
    • scene wear
    • still more rope!

What to Leave Home

  • Do not bring pets or animal companions. We do welcome service animals accompanying people with disabilities; please let us know ahead of time if you'll have one with you.
  • Do not bring firearms.
  • Do not bring illegal items or substances.
  • Please don't bring fireworks, including sparklers. There's no safe place to set them off.