Simple clothing for a rustic camp
At camp, things do get lost, damaged, dirty and/or borrowed. Old, comfy t-shirts, fleeces and shorts are quite the style at camp! You’re encouraged to borrow and buy used gear. Second-hand items in decent condition will usually be quite adequate. Should items be lost or damaged, it is much less painful if you haven’t made a big investment in new gear. We strongly discourage bringing anything of great monetary or sentimental value to camp!
Eden Village Camp is not responsible for the loss or damage to any valuables, including clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, sports equipment, etc.
While we strive to provide excellent laundry service, it is a commercial service so please try not to send expensive items or clothes that require delicate or special care.
Laundry is done once during first session, and twice during second and third sessions. For our Journey campers, we do laundry between sessions, as well. Please plan accordingly.
• The faster clothes dry, the better. Synthetic fabrics dry faster than cotton, and are more insulating when wet.
• The average high summer temperature for our area is 80 degrees, and the average low is 60.
• Duffels are preferred over trunks, but if your camper packs in a trunk, be sure it is no more than 14.5” high, and will stay closed and locked for travel or shipping.
• Campers must wear long pants every time we go into the woods, as part of tick safety measures. To make this a positive experience, we want your camper to have light-colored (so we could see any ticks), lightweight hiking pants.
Jeans and other heavy pants are rough in the hot summer!
• Campers and Staff wear entirely all white outfits for Friday evening. If you want to get white pants and can’t find any, consider yoga or karate pants or scrubs.
Backpacks, water bottles, and hats are required every day and often get lost. Send your camper with extras and label all clearly. Use masking tape for hard to write on surfaces. Don’t send any hats or water bottles you wouldn’t mind not seeing again. Campers who lose their water bottle and/or hat and do not have an extra will have to purchase one from the camp store. Even if they just misplaced it for a day or two - camp rules are that they must have a hat and water bottle at all times.
The following packing list is a guide; it is not necessary to have all these items in these quantities.
• Judaica: 2 Kippot [head coverings] & clips if needed, Tallit [prayer shawl] if you use one, any books for
Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, your own siddur [prayer book] if you like.
• Musical instrument(s), sketchpad, inexpensive camera (without video strongly preferred; without internet capability required) & film, hiking socks & liners, work gloves, bandannas, rain pants, a few good books, cotton items for tie-dying or silk-screening, stuffed animal, Frisbee, tennis racket.
• Costumes, books, cards, and puzzle games.
Items That Must be Left at Home
We reserve the right to confiscate the following items that are not allowed at camp:
• Electronics of any kind (except watches and digital cameras without internet capability). This includes cell phones, iPods, iPads, iAnythings, Digital Video Players or Recording Devices (including Flip or still-digital cameras that can record video, if we find them being used for video), video cameras, CD or DVD players, radios, Kindles, laptops, electronic games/toys, plug-in fans, hair dryers, walkie-talkies, two-way radios, hot pots.
• Food of any kind
• Flip-flops/thong sandals or any sandals without a back-strap.
• Money, candy, gum, potentially offensive clothing, jewelry, make-up, Magic (and similar) cards, MAD (and similar) magazines, aerosol deodorant, posters, pets, weapons, and candles.
• Any item that could endanger the health, safety, or welfare of campers or staff.
Clothing for First, Second, Third, and Journey sessions:
- 8-10 T-shirts
- 4 Pairs of shorts,
- 4 Pairs long pants
- (including a light, quick-dry pair)
- 1 Light-colored,
- 2 Long-sleeved fleeces or sweatshirts
- 2 Long-sleeve shirts (e.g. flannel)
- 14 Sets of underwear
- 14 Pairs of socks
- 2-3 Swimsuits
- 1 Entirely all-white outfit for Friday
- night (Saturday is casual clothes)
- 1–2 Pajamas, 1 warm (make sure camper
- will be comfortable wearing them to
- some evening events)
- 3 Hats, 1 warm and (at least!) 2 for sun protection (all hats should be clearly labelled!)
- 1 Raincoat or poncho (no umbrellas!!)
- 1 Sneakers or sturdy shoes (can get dirty + wet)
- 1 Sandals with back strap for shower/pool/lake (like Crocs)--
- NO FLIP FLOPS!
- 1 Hiking shoes (if already broken in; otherwise sneakers are fine)
- 1 Pillow
- 2 Pillow cases
- 1 Bed Liner (optional)
- 3 Cot- or twin-sized sheets
- 1 Warm Blanket/Comforter
- 1 Sleeping Bag (for overnights)
- 2 Beach-size Towels
- 2 Bath-size Towels
- as needed Extra sheets & plastic mattress cover (optional, as needed)
Toiletries (preferably unscented to not attract bugs, & earth-friendly)
- 2 Toothbrush and holder (Recommend packing an extra)
- 1 Toothpaste (please label)
- 1 Shampoo/Conditioner (please label)
- 1 Soap & container
- 1 Nail Clipper
- 1 Comb/Brush, Hair ties
- 1 SUNSCREEN (please label)
- 1 Insect repellent for clothes (like this, you can pretreat clothing at home) and for your body (like this) (please label)
- 1 chap stick with SPF (optional)
- 1 backpack (for carrying water bottle, journal, etc.)
- 1 Flashlight with rechargeable batteries. (should be clearly labelled)
- 1–2 Journal/Diary & Pens/Pencils
- 2 Water bottle/Canteen (labeled)
- 1 Laundry Bag (labeled)
- 1 Sunglasses & hard case (as needed) Set of extra eyeglasses and hard case
- Plenty of Stationery, envelopes and stamps, including at least 2 stamped envelopes per week addressed to parents
- 1 pair of swimming goggles (optional)