Packing Lists

What to Bring to Camp

Below is a recommended packing list. These items are not required, and you are welcome to modify the list based on unique camper needs and session type.

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 Warren is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

The List 

  • 1 sleeping bag or twin sheets and blankets—sleeping bag will be needed for two-week session overnights 
  • 1 pillow and pillowcase 
  • 1 set of rain gear (jacket and pants are recommended, ponchos are discouraged) 
  • 1 pair of rain boots 
  • 1 bath towel 
  • 1 beach towel 
  • 1 washcloth 
  • 2 swimming suits 
  • 1 pair of pajamas 
  • 2 pairs of sneakers 
  • 1 pair hard-soled shoes/boots with heel (if a horse camper) 
  • 1 pair of “shower shoes” or sandals 
  • 1 set of Sunday Whites (for two-week sessions) 
  • 1 pair of underwear for each day of camp 
  • 1 hat or cap for sun protection 
  • 1 knit hat/beanie for warmth 
  • 1 fleece–type jacket 
  • 1 bar of soap and soapbox 
  • 1 toothbrush, case and toothpaste 
  • 1 flashlight with batteries (headlamps encouraged for Long Border/Short Border/CIT/FiftyFifty campers) 
  • Personal grooming items
  • 2 heavy sweatshirts or sweaters 
  • 2-3 pairs of pants (jeans, cords, slacks) 
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts 
  • 1 shirt for each day of camp (including some long sleeves) 
  • 1 pair of socks for each day of camp 
  • Bug repellent, sun block, chapstick 
  • Water bottle

Long Border, Short Border, Fifty-Fifty and CIT participants

In addition to regular camp clothing, the following items will make your out-of-camp trip successful. They are readily available at most outdoor sporting retailers. REI, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Midwest Mountaineering and other similar stores. 

  • 1 fleece Jacket 
  • 1 pair of warm pants (fleece or wool) 
  • 3 pair wool socks 
  • 1 pair sturdy hiking boots that are broken in well in advance of the camp session (Short Border, Long Border and CIT campers) 
  • 1 pair of synthetic long underwear—top and bottom 
  • 1 set rain gear (jacket and pants)—no ponchos 
  • 1 32oz water bottle — Nalgene brand or similar 
  • 1 synthetic or down sleeping bag with a compression stuff sack (please do not send bulky or cotton sleeping bags) 
  • 1 wool/synthetic winter hat 
  • 1 pair sunglasses 
  • 1 pair strapped sandals. Teva or Chaco brands recommended (Fifty-Fifty campers) 
  • 1 headlamp (versus a flashlight) 
  • Lip balm with SPF

Other optional items: 

  • 1 dry bag 
  • 1 waterproof case for camera - Pelican brand recommended 
  • 1 pair of sailing gloves (for Fifty-Fifty) 

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)