Whether you are a first-time camper, or a seasoned returnee, we know you are excited about the fun this summer will hold! To help, we have developed this list of what to bring and what not to bring. Years of experience in working with children have helped us to develop this list. We ask parents’ help in making sure that only appropriate items are brought to camp, so that all may enjoy their weeks in the beautiful, wooded, lakeside, rural atmosphere of St. Andrew’s.
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Camp is an easy, relaxed lifestyle, where the peer pressures of city and suburbs are set aside as much as possible in order to focus on fellowship, community, natural surroundings and most importantly, life in the Church. We encourage campers to enjoy their God-given physical attributes and talents, and not spend too much time on makeup, hair styling and the like. We encourage campers to get outside in God’s beautiful world and run, play, swim, garden, and hike, without too much attention to fashion and style.
To that end, we have created these guidelines for apparel:
- Easy to wash-and-wear clothing is the norm.
- Weather fluctuates; with mornings that can be cool, days that are hot and humid, and evenings that can be either. It is appropriate to send your camper ready to dress in layers: sweatshirts or fleece for the mornings, and lighter cotton clothes for the afternoons. Do not send expensive clothing to camp. Send clothing that can be played in, can get dirty, and that will wash well.
- Please pack lightly, but appropriately. Drawer and storage space is limited. Boys will have a footlocker for storage; girls will only have two drawers.
- The bottom of beautiful Oneida Lake can be shelly and rocky. Please send appropriate water shoes. Swimsuits should be modest and appropriate for swimming and water activities, not just sunbathing.
- Clothes are washed weekly for those staying at camp for more than a week. Please label all clothing. Laundry is done in individual camper batches, and is NOT separated by color. Each camper needs a marked laundry bag, with marked clothing. This is extremely important to avoid losing clothes.
- A $15.00 charge to mark clothing will be made if campers arrive without marked laundry, or a laundry bag. Please help us use our staff time most efficiently by preparing these items in advance. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
- We are at camp to have fun, and to show appropriateness in all aspects of Christian life. This includes our clothing. At minimum, please bring the following:
- 8 short-sleeved tee shirts.
- 2-3 pairs of long pants.
- 2-3 pairs of shorts- boys’ should be knee length; girls’ no shorter than half-thigh
- 2 sweatshirts or fleece shirts.
- Rain jacket or poncho
- 2 pairs of dress pants for Liturgy (boys)
- 2 shirts with a collar (Polo shirts or button down) (boys)
- 2 skirts or dresses for liturgy, at least knee-length (girls).
- Swimsuits (1 or 2), appropriate for a church camp setting. One piece for girls. Swim trunks for boys.
- 1 pair water shoes
- Warm pj’s (cold nights); lighter sleepwear (humid/hot ones)
- 2-3 pairs of sneakers
- 1 pair closed toed church shoes
- 1 hat (optional)
- Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries.
- 1 bath towel
- 1 beach towel
- Pillow and pillowcase.
- BEDDING: Either twin sheets or sleeping bags are allowed
- Stuffed animals or other stuffed friend to cuddle with (for our younger campers, and older ones too!)
- Playing cards, books to read and share, stationery, autograph books
- sunscreen and insect repellant to be checked in by the nurse
Because our program is geared to helping campers focus on their relationship with peers, and to grow in their relationship with staff, friends, and with God, we ask that all personal electronic gear be left at home. We believe that using electronics at camp can become an isolating distraction. Don’t worry campers – we love music at St. Andrew’s, and we sing and dance and listen to music all the time. We just try to do it together! There is nothing like singing around a campfire, or dancing to a live band together! We even have an occasional movie night, and of course you’ll sing at Church with us, even if you think your voice isn’t the greatest
Please leave these items at home, and you’ll be surprised at how little you’ll miss them when you are outside enjoying camp life:
- Stereo or speaker equipment
- Mobile devices including cell phones and PDAs (these can be kept locked up in the office for calls home at the appropriate time with staff supervision, but are not allowed to remain with the camper)
- Personal MP3 players like iPods, iPads, iPhones or other devices
- Game boys and other video/computer games
- Laptops, tablets, or gaming devices
- Clock radios (we’ll make sure you get up on time!)
These items are absolutely and unequivocally prohibited at camp:
Any camper caught using or possessing the above banned items will be immediately dismissed from camp.