Review the suggested items to pack for camp.
Tip #1 – Stay Cool
Summers in Oklahoma can be hot. We highly recommend packing a reusable water bottle to keep with you at all times. Hydration is a must!
Tip #2 – Footwear
A pair of cheap flip-flops for walking to the bathroom, shower, or pool are KEY. Due to the location of the camps, stickers and poison ivy/oak/sumac are common. We recommend packing durable shoes as well as tall socks for outdoor activities. We also recommend packing athletic shoes for recreational activities.
Tip #3 – Illumination
A flashlight is strongly recommended. Our camps are filled with fun activities from sunrise to sunset, so a flashlight will always come in handy.
Tip #4 – Clothing
Rule of thumb: if you would cry if it got ruined or lost, don’t bring it. But apart from that, how much? With t-shirts, pack more than you think. Campers often need to change shirts at least once a day, especially at a camp with water, so think 2 shirts per day. With shorts, you can pack fewer. Mesh shorts and athletic shorts are the absolute best, because they dry so fast. For other things like swim suits and hats just remember to pack backups – one is bound to get lost, or mildewed, or… you get the idea.
Tip #5 – Making the bed
Packing lists usually say, “sheets or sleeping bag.” Well, which is it? The answer is both. You need a fitted bottom sheet to cover the camp mattress. The sleeping bag then lies on top of that, and the camper can sleep in it unzipped, or zipped up on cooler nights. A sleeping bag is also very easy for a camper to “make” every morning. Pillow from home – yes. Extra pillow case – you bet.
Tip #6 – The extra stuff that nobody tells you about
This will depend on your particular camp, so ask. Some possibilities: Nice clothes for the end of session banquet or dance. A white t-shirt for tie-dying activities. Ask other parents or counselors who have been to your camp before. Your camper will be glad you did. A shower caddy along with two separate towels (one for the pool and one for the shower).
Tip #7 - Battle the elements
You'll need sunscreen and bug spray...without question.
Tip #8 – A Bible
While we do not require campers to bring a Bible, we highly encourage them to do so. In addition, we also recommend campers bring with them any other reading materials that would be relevant.
That’s all folks! Just remember to pack your sense of wonder at God’s creation, your willingness to try new things, and the grace to get through a week without the distractions of the modern world.