Equipment List and Packing Tips

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Coming prepared to camp sets the stage for a summer focused on learning and fun in the outdoors. Please arrive at camp with all of the required items from this list. All clothing and gear must be well marked with your camper’s name.

Some of the best quality items for life in the outdoors can be found at secondhand stores or gear exchanges! Young people grow quickly, so we highly recommend that you look for stores in your area where you can find secondhand items for a lower price. You can find logoed versions of many items on our packing list in the Chewonki Store (we encourage you to order early). 

Visit our Chewonki Store:

Please see the Gear Lending section below for items you may have difficulty acquiring. 

Gear Lending at Chewonki

All campers will have the opportunity to borrow gear for the summer from Chewonki’s Packout. Items that are available for lending include:

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Compression Sacks
  • Sleeping Pads

We are able to provide additional equipment and clothing to campers. Please contact the camp office (camp@chewonki.org) several weeks in advance of arrival for more information.

Camp T-shirt Update

We no longer require participants to wear a Camp Chewonki logoed t-shirt during camp. We are pleased to announce that all campers will receive two Camp Chewonki logo t-shirts as part of their enrollment. They will be distributed upon arrival at camp!

 

Facemasks at Camp

All participants should arrive at camp with cloth masks. The quantity needed for each program is listed below. Masks should be at least two layers and tight fitting. If a participant wears glasses, it would be important to be able to tightly fit the cloth around the nose to avoid fogging of glasses.  Here is a link from the CDC that provides more guidance.
  • Overnight Camp: participants should pack 9 masks.
  • Leadership Expeditions: participants should pack 2 masks.
  • Chewonki will provide each participant with one Chewonki-branded mask on arrival day.

Packing for Camp

Living in a cabin at camp means that we all embrace group living and shared space! This means living simply, and leaving items at home that will not be needed during the summer. We request that you limit what you pack to the items on this list, as we have honed it over many summers, and find that it meets the needs of our campers.

Each camper will have their own set of shelves and shared storage space under their bunk to keep their belongings organized while at camp. We recommend packing for camp in suitcases or bags that can be easily compressed and stored while not in use, like duffle bags.

We highly recommend packing together with your camper. This allows them to understand all the items that are going to camp with them and where they are. It also prepares them for the task of packing for themselves on their cabin trips and when they prepare to return home.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about items on this list or how to acquire them. We look forward to working with you to ensure a stress-free packing experience!

Clothing

10-Day vs. 3-Week Programs

Packing quantities are for 3-week Full Session (10-day Puffin Program is listed in parentheses where different)

A Note About Layering


Layering is combining different garments to achieve insulation and protection from wind and rain. Insulating layers should be synthetic or wool fibers, which insulate when wet. Cotton is a poor insulator when wet. Layers must fit comfortably over each other so that they can be worn together.

Footwear and Headwear




Bedding & Hygiene Items



Toiletry Kit


 Your container for storing and carrying items to and from the washhouse; must include:

Equipment


Miscellaneous Items

Letter writing materials:

Things to Leave at Home

Items with an asterisk can be borrowed from Chewonki