05/14/2012 10:00 AM
Posted by: Merit
Summer is around the corner and a big, but super fun
task is ahead of you – getting everything packed for summer camp! Packing for
camp marks the beginning of an exciting journey for your campers. Get them involved
and excited for summer camp by including them in the packing process!
Below are simple guidelines and helpful tips that make
packing an enjoyable process.
- Footlockers - Footlockers and trunks are to be no more than
14 inches tall in order to fit underneath the camper’s bed. If
you are looking to purchase a trunk for your camper we recommend going through Kangaroo Cases
or C&N Footlockers. If ordering through
C&N Footlockers make sure to use this promotional code: play6730L.
List – Click here to access the Camp Olympia
Packing List to prepare for camp. This is a recommended minimum needs list. You know your child best.
Feel free to pack in a way that meets his/her needs!
Packing Early – Start packing early to avoid the last minute shopping
trips or the stressful hunt to find that favorite t-shirt. Start the packing
process by creating an initial inventory of the items you have
at home and then fill in the missing items with new purchases. Starting early
will allow you to make sure you have packed everything that is needed in plenty
EVERYTHING – Label EVERYTHING (and we really mean everything) that
your camper brings to camp. One look at the daily lost and found bin, and you
will see why labeling is so important! Many of our campers have the same
initials, so labeling with the First and Last name is often the best way to
ensure items return back to your camper (and eventually back home). A permanent
marker works well or purchase water-resistant labels with your camper’s name on
it from Everything
Code – Pay close attention to the dress code! Policies are
in place to ensure that the clothes the kids wear are appropriate for the
activity and help them focus on camp and get the best experience possible.
– Focus less on new, stylish clothes and shoes and more on comfort. Having cool
and comfortable attire is much more important.
- Laundry – At
Camp Olympia, laundry is done once
during a 2-week term and twice during a 3-week term for every camper. Each
cabin has a designated laundry day. On the designated day, cabins will sort
their laundry according to color and material. The clothes are then picked up,
washed, folded and returned to the cabin.
Caddie - Pack all items that will be taken in the bathroom in
a shower caddie. This will allow your camper an easy way to transport items to
and from the bathroom. Shower caddies can be purchased at any major retailer
such as Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond.
- Shampoo/Conditioner – 2-n-1
shampoo provides both shampoo and conditioner in the same bottle, which
eliminates one more thing to pack and keep up with and makes shower time
Sheets - Pack two sets of sheets. This will ensure that your
camper always has an extra set of sheets in the event of an accident or for
general changing of the sheets midway through the term.
- Keep in mind that the
cabins can get cold in the evenings. You can either bring one thicker blanket,
such as a comforter, or two lightweight blankets.
Bunk Items - Some campers enjoy
having additional bed padding and an additional pillow for extra comfort.Towels
- Make sure to pack beach
towels for the pool and lake activities, as well as regular bath towels for the
shower. One way to do this is designate one towel color for the pool and
another color for the shower.
and Stamps – Rest hour is a great opportunity for campers to write
notes to their family members and friends. An easy way to ensure that everyone
receives a handwritten letter is to pack pre-addressed and stamped envelopes
along with the stationary.
- Sunscreen - All sunscreen is great, but Camp Olympia
recommends spray sunscreen. It is easier for the kids to apply, making them
more willing to use it.
- Notes – As
you pack your camper’s items into his/her trunks and bags, hide some fun notes
throughout. This is a small surprise that will brighten your camper’s day!
Away from Home - Campers love to
make their bunks feel like home! We encourage pictures, stuffed animals, books,
- Spartan/Athenian Gear - Spartan/Athenian
events are a big deal at Camp Olympia. Campers like to pack lots of red (Spartans)
and blue (Athenians) clothing to show camp spirit. Fun items such as bandanas,
face paint, and crazy socks are worn at certain Spartan/Athenian events and can
be purchased through the Camp Olympia Country Store the first day of camp, during
check-in or surprise your camper with a special delivery package.
Once the trunk has been
packed and double-checked, make it off limits to your camper until it’s time
for camp. The last thing you want is for your camper to rummage through and
remove items before camp only to forget to put them back in.
With the trunk packed and
ready to go, your camper will be counting down the days until the start of