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 these lists. 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:

Gear Lending at Chewonki

All campers will have the opportunity to borrow gear for the summer from Chewonki’s Packout. You do not need to reserve gear in advanced. Items that are available for lending include:

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Compression Sacks
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Trip Dry Bag / Backpack

Camp T-shirt Update

All campers will receive two Camp Chewonki logo t-shirts as part of their enrollment. They will be distributed upon arrival at camp!

Packing for Camp

Living in a cabin, yurt or tent 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 these lists, 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 duffle bags that can be easily compressed and stored while not in use. Trunks are not recommended due to limited space. Please ensure all items are in a bag upon arrival to camp, even if arriving by car. Loose items often get misplaced on arrival day.

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!

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


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

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


Trip Equipment

(These items can be borrowed from Chewonki)

Miscellaneous Items

Letter writing materials:

Things to Leave at Home

Items with an asterisk can be borrowed from Chewonki. You do NOT need to reserve gear in advance.

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