Packing can be something kids want to put off until the last minute, or it’s something they’re eager to do. Whether you’re helping your child pack weeks in advance or packing the night before camp, it’s important to have a packing list, so you don’t forget the essentials. Our camp staff has compiled a list of items for you to pack!

*You should also receive a list in your confirmation email. If you have not yet received that email, please contact our office so we can make sure we have your registration form on file.

Let’s start with some camp packing tips:

  • Suitcase/Trunk for clothes and duffle bags for linens – Many campers prefer a hard suitcase/trunk as it’s easy to open, sturdy, and reliable. You can pack much more in a suitcase/trunk than you can in a backpack or duffle bag.
    *Wilderness/watersports campers, our staff will drive your stuff up the hill, but you will have to bring them into the tent.
    **Campers are responsible for bringing their luggage to the blacktop Saturday morning for check-out; choose what will be easiest for your camper
  • Label all belongings – Include your child’s first and last name on as many belongings as possible. You’d be surprised how many campers bring identical items.
  • Bring layers – Although the temps can hit up into the 100s, the weather can change at any moment, and nights can be cool.
  • Pack some extra ziplock or plastic bags – Clothes and shoes can get muddy or messy, so pack some spare bags for drenched clothes. This will also help your child’s luggage remain nice and dry and prevent other clothes from getting messy.
  • Contact camp staff regarding medications – If your child needs to take medication or has allergies, let us know on their medical form! Don’t store or pack them in your camper’s luggage; turn them into the first aid staff during check-in so we can ensure your camper receives them.
    *Please make sure to bring all medication in its original packaging.

What to pack for camp:

  • T-shirts, shorts, pants, and a long sleeve shirt
  • Pajamas
  • Jacket/sweatshirt
  • Raincoat
  • Multiple bathing suits (one piece or tankini)
  • Multiple sets of socks and undergarments
  • Towels (shower and beach)
  • Sandals/water shoes (these will get wet)
  • Sneakers
  • Bedding and pillow (twin-sized)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Medication (you’ll turn these and any over-the-counter meds in their original packaging into the First Aid Director during check-in)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug-repellent (deet-free is preferred)
  • Flashlight/headlamp (don’t forget some extra batteries)
  • Stationary and stamps
  • Money for canteen/camp store

What NOT to pack for camp:

  • Cell phones
  • Video game devices
  • Ipads, laptops, iPods, mp3 players
  • Valuables (jewelry, watches, etc.)
  • Scooters, skateboards, or skates
  • Candy or gum (if you send a care package, please avoid adding any peanut products in case there are any peanut allergies)
  • Knives or weapons (toy or otherwise)

1458 Pilot Knob Rd
Eva, TN 38333

Contact Info

(731) 584-6102

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