General Packing List

General Packing List

Campers are responsible for all items brought to camp. Label everything – especially sleeping bags and luggage! Have your camper play a part in their own packing so they will know where things are located and what they have available at camp. Your camper must be able to carry their personal gear on a short walk to their unit from the parking lot or drop-off spot. Have them practice carrying camp gear to ensure they will be comfortable doing so at camp.

Please plan ahead, and check out the forecast near camp! Nights can be cool even on the hottest days. Please pack enough clothes for your camper’s entire stay as our camps’ laundry facilities cannot accommodate campers’ personal items.

Clothing (required)

  • T-shirts or tank tops– at least one per day; no spaghetti straps
  • 2 pairs of shoes (1 older pair for Creek Stomp)
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Socks – pack extra!
  • Underwear – pack extra!
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes
  • Water socks/shoes that can get wet
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Pajamas (we recommend sweats or flannel)
  • Hats – at least one for warmth at night and one for sun during the day
  • Sweater, sweatshirt or jacket

Personal Care (required)

  • Medications
  • 2 washcloths
  • 2 bath towels
  • 1 swim towel
  • Sunscreen AND chapstick – SPF 15 or higher
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Brush, comb
  • Soap and deodorant (no spray cans)
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Sanitary items (if appropriate)
  • Warm sleeping bag, plus blanket
  • Pillow
  • Bag for dirty and wet clothes
  • Flashlight and extra batteries; glow sticks are great for campers that want a night light
  • Water bottle – no glass
  • Sunglasses
  • Small backpack/day pack
  • Insect repellant

Miscellaneous (optional)

  • Camera (not a cell phone!)
  • Stuffed animal
  • Book
  • Stationary (pre-addressed and stamped envelopes recommended)
  • Swim shirts or warm swim wear
  • Wool, fleece or polypropylene layers of clothing (stays warm when wet)
  • Shower shoes – flip flops for showering

Do Not Bring to Camp

  • Radios, iPods, or MP3 Players
  • Cell phones
  • Video games or video cameras
  • Gum, candy or other food items
  • Laptops or portable DVD players
  • Tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol
  • Weapons including guns and knives – even toys
  • Expensive name-brand articles
  • Irreplaceable items
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Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers programs are American Camp Association accredited.