WHAT TO BRING
More than just a traditional summer camp, Camp Hope in Western Connecticut is a close-knit family consisting of campers, counselors, alumni and parents.
Whether it is your first or your 5th time sending your child to summer camp, the question on every mom’s mind is “what do I need to pack for my child?” Making sure they have everything they need, but not everything they own can be tough.
While camp does have a “highly recommend policy” of making sure everything a camper brings into camp is labeled with their name, it is still a regular occurrence for things to be forgotten, left behind or mixed up in another camper’s trunk.
Camp Hope provides an extensive list of items a camper may bring with them for their stay. There are, however, a few things you absolutely do not want to forget when sending your kid to camp. I recently conducted a survey on Facebook to see what our past campers see as “must haves” when it comes to packing for camp. This is what they said.
Swim Suit. Girls one piece modest.
Swim Suit Guys modest. No speedos.
Khaki Dress Shorts
Water Shoes/Shower Shoes
Extra Pillow Case
Or light Sleeping Bag
Nice outfit for dance night
Flash Light/w batteries
Stationary to write home
Pre Addressed Envelopes/w stamps
Note book to write on
Dirty Laundry Bag
Goofy Dress Up Items for “Theme” nights.
Battery operated small fan
Not to worry Mom. If you forget something, they will be just fine. Lots of backups around.
DO NOT BRING: Drugs (unless prescribed by a doctor, see above), alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, firearms, electronic devices (this includes cellphones, MP3 players, E-readers, handheld video game systems) spaghetti straps, midriffs, tight clothing, sagging pants on guys.
Camp Hope is not saying a camper has to have any or all of this. This is purely suggestions coming from campers who have been before and know what it takes to make it an awesome camp experience!