Summer Camp Packing List


Below are the essentials to pack for a fun week on the lake! 




We are a cell-phone free and electronics-free summer camp. The instructors have phones for you to easily access our crew, and we have cameras to document the day. 


NO AEROSAL SPRAY SUNBLOCK. Not only is it toxic to inhale, it also creates a sticky film that's difficult to remove. We recommend one face stick and one tube or 8 oz or two tubes of 3-4 oz.



We are obsessed with ponchos because they provide privacy while changing, keep you toasty after a water session, and the microfiber fabric dries quickly. If you don't have a poncho, bring a towel to dry off with.
For sold out camps, please have your children pack lightly. Towels are the biggest issue on the boat because the bigger the towel, the more soaked it gets, the longer it takes to dry, and kids don't want sopping wet towels to dry off with. Try to pick up a thin, quick-dry, super absorbent towel for camp, such as these sold at REI. I promise, your children will thank you for it when they continually have a dry towel waiting for them. We will plan on carrying them in the shop soon!



Straw hats are easy to put on, provide coverage over the face, ears, and neck, have a tie that keeps it on when the boat is in motion, and the shade keeps campers cool during the day. Baseball hats or any hat with a visor will also work. 



Flip flops are the easiest shoe to put on and take off, plus they take up minimal storage space on the boat. Leave the shoes at home and opt for sandals during camp.



Bring your bathing suits and/or board shorts for your session in the water. Campers can wear them the entire day or change in and out of them. It can be chilly in the mornings, so maybe bring a pair of sweats to wear over them for cooler days.


Fill your water bottles with water!No sugary drinks or juices. Efficient hydration is a requirement for a fun day in the sun.  
And don't forget stickers to customize your hydro!


We are shooting for zero-trash lunches this year in an effort to keep garbage out of the lake. Zero trash lunches don't have any packaging or plastic wrap and instead use reusable containers. Help us prevent baggies from flying out of the boat and sinking in the water! That said, the kids get HUNGRY on the boat, so you can send packaged snacks, but try to send main dishes like crackers, pretzels, sandwiches, etc. in reusable containers.


Keep lunches healthy to avoid sugar crashes halfway through the day. No candy, sugary snacks, or anything that may melt and smear on the interior of the boat, and NO FIRE CHEETOS. Send a cooling block if dairy or meat is included in your child's lunch. Pack a LARGE lunch. The kids get hungry on the water, they graze throughout the day, and there is no marina or snack shock to stop for supplies.


Lunch suggestions include: lunch meat wraps with guacamole, sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, tuna salad sandwiches, Amy's bean and cheese burritos, quesadillas, bagels with cream cheese, veggies with hummus, veggie sushi, nut-free trail mix (dried fruits, dried coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.), pretzels, crackers, olive snack pack, veggie sticks, etc. The biggest hit on the boat is always freshly cut fruit! Watermelon and strawberries always top the list.



We are a nut-free boat due to food allergies. Please do not bring loose nuts, granola bars that contain nuts, or snacks containing nuts. Safe bars include nut-free Z Bars, Made Good Bars, Fruit Leather, 88 Acres Seed Bars, and Enjoy Life Bars.


Bring a backpack large enough to pack all of the day's essentials. Make sure there are zippered compartments, so necessities don't fall out. The more contained your camper's items are, the less chance of losing it or sinking in the water.



Here's a quick list for your reference: 

  • No cell phones or electronic devices
  • Sun screen (NO SPRAY BOTTLES)
  • Poncho (or towel)
  • Sun hat
  • Flip Flops
  • Bathing Suits
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Zero-trash, healthy lunch
  • Backpack

Make sure your camper cleans out his backpack, hangs up his/her towel and board shorts, and cleans out his lunch pail, so he's all set for another action packed day tomorrow!