Packing Lists


Overnight Camp

Below is a recommended packing list for a week of overnight camp. These items are not required, and you are welcome to modify the list based on unique camper needs and session type. All items should be labeled with your child’s name.

Camp can get messy, so leave your child’s best clothing at home. Pack clothes that can get muddy, dirty, wet, sandy, torn, grass-stained, etc., and label items with your child’s full name.

Although we will assist campers in managing their belongings, YMCA Camp St. Croix is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Parent Handbook

The List

  • Sleeping bag and sheet
  • Pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Shoes (2 pair)—Tennis shoes for daily wear, older tennis shoes to wear in the water*
  • Sturdy shoes or boots for horseback riding
  • 4 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 2–3 long-sleeved shirts
  • 5 T-shirts
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • Light jacket or windbreaker
  • 1–2 sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Swimming suit (trunk style for boys; one-piece suit for girls)
  • Raincoat, rain suit or poncho (a MUST BRING item)
  • 2 bath towels and washcloths
  • Beach towel
  • Hat or visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries—soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb
  • Flashlight (Include batteries, if needed)
  • Camera (Include film and batteries, if needed)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Journal or note pad, pencil, paper, envelopes and stamps for letters
  • Book
  • Water bottle
  • Hangers
  • Medications: These must be turned into the Camp Health Staff upon check-in day with the Medication Release Form

 *Flip-flops or Crocs should not be substituted for a pair of shoes.

Additional Items Needed for Adventure Camps

Canoeing Camps:

  • Rain suit (tops and pants)
  • A compact sleeping bag for conserving space
  • Wool/synthetic shirt

Horse Camps:

  • Sturdy boots with a heel
  • Long pants
  • Rain suit (tops and pants – for Wranglers only)
  • A compact sleeping bag for conserving space (for Wranglers only)
  • Wool/synthetic shirt (for Wranglers only)

Rock Climbing Camps:

  • Rain suit (tops and pants)
  • A compact sleeping bag for conserving space
  • Sturdy shoes to climb in
  • Wool/synthetic shirt

Kayaking Camps:

  • Rain suit (tops and pants)
  • A compact sleeping bag for conserving space
  • Wool/synthetic shirt

Sailing Camps:

  • Wool/synthetic shirt
  • Windbreaker
  • Deck shoes or tennis shoes with light-colored soled
  • Gloves (racquet or golf gloves suitable)
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain suit (tops and pants – not a poncho)
  • A compact sleeping bag for conserving space

What Not to Bring to Camp

The following items should not be brought to camp. If they are found, they will be confiscated and returned at the end of the session.

  • Cell Phones
  • TVs, Radios, Handhelds
  • CD players, iPods, MP3 players
  • Video Games
  • Computer Games
  • DVD Players
  • Food (this includes gum)
  • Pocket knives (unless camper has permission to bring it on a Short or Long Border trip)

Food, soft drinks, candy—please do not bring or send in the mail. This policy exists as a way of discouraging rodents and insects from moving into the cabins and to create an equitable camp experience for all campers. Any packages containing food will be held in the main office.

Prohibited Items

The following items will be confiscated, and parents and authorities will be contacted to remove their child from camp. No fee adjustment or refund will be given for violation. 

  • Firearms or weapons
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Fireworks
  • Any tobacco products