2022 Camp Packing Guide
Packing for Camp
Packing can be a stressful endeavor, but using our packing tips can help to make the process much easier! You can also read more packing tips here.
Camp Wekeela is proud to operate our own clothing store, meaning reasonable prices for our camp community. Check it out at Wekeela Wear.
- Make sure you have enough soft foldable duffle bags for packing – Wekeela only allows soft bags – we have storage in each cabin for bags. (we sell these bags at the camp store website with free embroidery).
- Make sure your bags are still in good condition with working zippers and no rips.
- Follow our packing list – we are uniform on A days and C days – this means they must have a single piece of Wekeela Wear 6 days for every 14 days in camp. We are shipping all orders to camp right now if you need to secure more t shirts or other items. If your child needs more Wekeela Wear when they arrive– they can purchase when they’re at camp too. Exchanges are done at camp if necessary.
- Label everything! Clothing, equipment, camper trunks, and more. Label Daddy Stickers, or Sharpie – any of these are great! We also recommend sending your camper with extra stick-on labels or a marker in their backpack. The new clothing that is purchased and sent to camp can also be labeled by us upon request.
- Wash dark colored items (sheets, shirts) before they go to camp if possible so they don’t have issues when their clothing goes to the laundry.
- Equipment – make sure your camper has everything they may want for the sports they’ll play which could include small items like a mouth guard for lacrosse and shin guards for soccer. If they have a favorite tennis racket – you can send it. We have equipment for every sport–so this is certainly optional–but some campers have their own preference. Bigger pieces like Hockey Sticks should only be brought if the camper is being dropped off. Please make sure your child has comfortable sneakers that fit well and will be good for active days ahead.
- Crazy Creek chair: These chairs are a camper favorite. Please label it if you get one. We use these in our Performing Arts building, at campfires, and other places where we are sitting unsupported. This is another optional item that can be obtained from a simple search online. It also doesn’t have to be from that brand– Try searching ‘floor chair’ on Amazon.
- Socks & Underwear: You can never have too many of these items, especially for younger campers. If you think you have enough already, add even more.
- Spirit gear – It’s always ‘campy’ to have a few green and white bandanas, costumes for special events, tall socks and face paint in fun colors. We also will have College Weekend and Color War shirts available at camp!
- Don’t waste time, money, or space on things campers don’t need. For example: dressy clothing – Maine camps want campers to be casual and comfortably dressed and focused on their activities and not appearances. We will have one or two opportunities to dress up, where they can wear a polo or sundress.
- Letter writing supplies – pack stationery, stamps, and pens. Include an address book and/or pre-addressed envelopes – especially great for younger campers – we also will have the email-and-reply service, Wekeela Notes, so your child will need a black or blue pen for these notes. If you plan on only using Wekeela Notes, you don’t have to send stamps.
- Some other “good-to-have items” include: fans that clip to bed frames, flashlights, sunscreen, bug spray, toiletries, extra batteries, and a few fun activities like beads and/or string for making bracelets, Mad Libs, a book or two, and little games like cards, jacks, and pick-up-sticks are good for rest hour.
We ask the parents to send the duffle bags in advance of arrival. We unpack and make the beds for every camper so that day one of camp we can get right into programming. If you are dropping your children off at camp, remember we will not be allowing parents to walk to the cabin and unpack, so it will always be beneficial to send your bags in
advance so your child can enjoy the first day without having to unpack.
New Families- You can send your camper to camp wearing a green shirt instead of a Wekeela T-shirt since they aren’t being shipped to you.
We are very excited for the start of this summer!