(Continued and extracted from the Camp Manual)
What to Bring:
Whether you are a first-time camper, or a seasoned
returnee, we know you are excited about the fun this summer will hold! To help, we have developed this list of what
you need to bring. Years of experience
in working with children have helped us to develop this list. We ask parents' help in making sure that
only appropriate items are brought to camp, so that all may enjoy their weeks
in the beautiful, wooded, lakeside, rural atmosphere of St. Andrew's.
Camp is an easy, relaxed lifestyle, where the peer
pressures of city and suburbs are pushed aside as much as possible. We encourage campers to enjoy their
God-given physical attributes and talents, and not spend too much time on
makeup, hair styling, and the like. We
encourage campers to get outside in God's beautiful world and run, play, swim,
garden, and hike, without too much attention to fashion and style. To that end, we have created these
guidelines for apparel:
- Easy to wash-and-wear clothing is the norm.
- Weather fluctuates; with mornings that can be cool, days that are
hot and humid, and evenings that can be either. It is appropriate to send your camper ready to dress in
layers: sweatshirts or fleece for the mornings, and lighter cotton clothes
for the afternoons. Do not send
expensive clothing to camp. Send
clothing that can be played in, can get dirty, and that will wash well.
- Please pack lightly, but appropriately. Drawer and storage space is limited. Boys will have a footlocker for
storage; girls will only have two drawers.
- The bottom of beautiful Oneida Lake can be shelly and rocky. Please send appropriate water
shoes. Swimsuits should be modest
and appropriate for swimming and water activities, not just sunbathing.
- Clothes are washed
weekly for those staying at camp for more than a week. Please label all clothing. Laundry is done in individual camper
batches, and is NOT separated by color.
Each camper needs a marked laundry bag, with marked clothing. This
is extremely important to avoid losing clothes.
- A $15.00 charge to mark clothing will be made if campers arrive
without marked laundry, or a laundry bag.
Please help us use our staff time most efficiently by preparing
these items in advance. Your
cooperation is greatly appreciated.
We are at camp to have fun, and to show
appropriateness in all aspects of Christian life. This includes our clothing.
To that end:
- No tee shirts with advertisements for beer, liquor, or drugs, or
with sexual innuendo, or anything deemed inappropriate by staff. (If these
come to camp, they will be held for you in the Camp Director's office. We
strongly encourage parents to monitor what children bring to camp.) Plain
t-shirts are most acceptable.
- Remember, modest is hottest.
No pants with words written across the rear, no low cut tops, tube
tops, or shirts with risque or mean sayings. (We reserve the right to hold
clothing that is not appropriate for camp life until the camper leaves at
the end of his/her session.)
- Saint Andrew's Camp colors are hunter green and white. Camp tee shirts and sweatshirts are
available for purchase upon arrival.
These look great with khaki shorts, pants, or jeans!
- 8 short-sleeved tee shirts.
- 4 pairs of long pants.
- 4 sweatshirts or fleece shirts.
- Rain jacket or poncho (you will miss this if you don't have it
when we get our summer downpours!)
- For boys: 1-2 dress pants for Liturgy, along with 2 shirts with a
collar. Polo shirts or button down
shirts are fine.
- 2 skirts or dresses for
girls for Liturgy. No short, short
dresses, or material that is overly clingy or low cut. Remember girls, we are going to God's
house to worship, and while it is appropriate to look nice, it is
important to dress modestly too.
- Swimsuits (1 or 2), appropriate for a church camp setting. One piece is best for girls. Swim trunks or jams are best for boys.
- Warm pj's (cold nights); lighter sleepwear (humid/hot ones)
- Sneakers, closed-toed shoes, and water shoes. There are limited places to wear
flip-flops due to insects, rocks, uneven ground, and other safety
issues. Camp grass is very WET in
the morning on the way to Chapel and breakfast. Consider bringing a few pairs of shoes if possible, so one
can dry while you are wearing the other. Heels are not practical at camp
and heels higher than 1 inch are inappropriate in our casual camp
- Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries. (Note: all
medicines must be checked in by parents, and locked down by the Camp
Director. Medicines include
aspirin, cold medicines, Tylenol, etc.
Campers may NOT keep these in their possession)
- Pillow and pillowcase.
Either twin sheets or sleeping bags are allowed. Also 2
BathTowels and 1-2 beach towels should be included.
- Stuffed animals or other stuffed friend to cuddle with (for our
younger campers, and older ones too!)
- Playing cards, books to read and share, stationery, autograph
books, small board games that you can keep in your room or bunk area.
to cover your face from the sun, sunscreen and insect repellant.
- Don't forget you are packing for the country - your high heels and
really good shoes and clothes will only get ruined here! Besides, you'll be having too much fun
to wear them - leave them at home!
What NOT to Bring:
Because our program is geared to helping campers
focus on their relationship with peers, and to grow in their relationship with
staff, friends, and with God, we ask that all personal electronic gear be left
at home. We believe that using
electronics at camp can become an isolating distraction. Don't worry campers - we love music at St.
Andrew's, and we sing and dance and listen to music all the time. We just try to do it together! There is nothing like singing around a
campfire, or dancing to a live band together! We even have an occasional movie
night, and of course you'll sing at Church with us, even if you think your
voice isn't the greatest
Please leave these items at home, and you'll be
surprised at how little you'll miss them when you are outside enjoying camp
- Boom boxes
- Cell phones ( can be kept locked up in the office for calls home
at the appropriate time with staff supervision )
- Personal CD players and MP3 Players, iPods
- Game boys and other video/computer games
- Laptops, blackberries, etc
- Clock radios ( we'll make sure you get up on time! )
Additionally, ALL FIREARMS, DRUGS, WEAPONS,
AND FIREWORKS ARE ABSOLUTELY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY PROHIBITED AT CAMP
ANY CAMPER CAUGHT USING OR POSSESSING THE
ABOVE BANNED ITEMS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISMISSED FROM CAMP!