What to Bring – Schools

  • a sleeping bag, OR 1 or 2 blankets and 2 single bed sheets
  • pillow
  • 2 towels and washcloths
  • soap, comb/brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • several pairs of pants
  • one pair of shorts during warm weather
  • bathing suit
  • 1 shirt per day and at least one sweater/fleece
  • warm coat, gloves and hat (evenings can get cool)
  • at least 1 pair of socks per day
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • underwear for each day
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of old shoes for getting wet (closed-toed with strap on the back)
  • 1 pair of comfortable sturdy shoes or boots for hiking. All shoes should be broken in – nothing brand new!
  • notebook and pencils (journal)
  • 1 day pack/knapsack. Everyone will carry their own lunches on all day hikes. Everyone will also carry paper/pencils, extra socks, jacket, rain gear, water, etc. We prefer backpacks with padded straps (not rope).
  • 2 canteens or water bottle with tight fitting lid, (a re-used water container works great). Please bring at least 25 oz. container.
  • quality rain gear is a must – raincoat or poncho!

Optional items:

  • camera
  • stationery and stamps
  • magnifying glass
  • compass
  • slippers or flip-flops for use in dorm
  • flashlight

WHAT NOT TO BRING

  • “good” clothes
  • snacks, food, gum or candy (this attracts insects and other animals to buildings)
  • radios, hair dryers, curling irons or other electrical equipment
  • slick-soled shoes
  • knives or any kind
  • cigarettes, illegal drugs, alcohol
  • expensive belongings