Simple clothing for a rustic camp

At camp, things do get dirty, damaged, lost and/or borrowed. Old, comfy clothes that let your camper feel free to move are best! We strongly discourage bringing anything of great monetary or sentimental value to camp - if you or your camper would be heartbroken not to see an item again, it really is best to leave it at home. You’re encouraged to borrow or buy used gear. Second-hand items in decent condition are just fine.  Eden Village Camp cannot be responsible for the loss or damage to any valuables, including clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, sports equipment, etc.

Label Everything

Please use sewn-on labels, embroidery, or laundry markers to put your camper’s first and last name on every item they bring to camp. We recommend Mabel's Labels or similar.  This includes all clothes, luggage, water bottles, gear, laundry bags, shower totes, linens, sleeping bags, footwear… everything!  A list of items pinned inside the duffle will help campers remember what they brought when it comes time to pack and go home.

Hats & Water Bottles

We take camper safety really seriously so we have a camp rule that everyone must have a hat and water bottle with them at all times to guard against dehydration and heatstroke.  Send your camper with extras and label them all clearly.  Just like clothing, please don’t send any hats or water bottles you would be heartbroken to lose. Campers who lose their water bottle and/or hat (even if just for a day or two!) will be given a replacement from our camp supply and we'll charge your account.    

Laundry

We send all camper laundry out to a commercial service roughly every 10 days and between session for Full Summer Journey campers, for no additional charge.  Our service is terrific but please do not send expensive items or clothes that require delicate or special care as we cannot ensure specific laundry directions are followed.  

Shabbat Clothes

Campers and staff wear entirely all-white outfits for Friday evening. Please avoid pops of color or logos!  Consider karate pants or scrubs if your camper wants white pants and you're having a hard time finding them.  

Lost and Found

After Closing Day all items will be kept for 48 hours before they are donated. Call the camp office at 845-809-0080 or email welcome@edenvillagecamp.org to inquire about a lost item.

Masks

Campers may be required to wear masks in case of exposure to illness. Please pack 3-4 masks - whatever type is comfortable for your child. Eden Village will provide additional surgical masks if necessary.

A few other notes:

  • Average high summer temperatures at camp are in the 80s, and the average lows are around 60. Count on some truly hot days and cooler temperatures overnight.
  • Duffels are preferred over trunks, but if your camper packs in a trunk, be sure it is no more than 14.5” high, and will stay closed and locked for travel or shipping.
  • Campers should pack in no more than 4 bags. All items should be inside a bag - please put pillows, sleeping bags, small backpacks, etc into a larger bag and ensure there aren't any little things clipped to bigger bags.  Small items can get misplaced in transit to and from bunks.
  • Please label your camper's bags with these tags (color doesn't matter). Put your camper's name and bunk in sharpie on each tag. We will distribute these tags on Opening Day if you don't already have them.
  • Campers must wear long pants every time they go into the woods, as part of tick safety measures. Light-colored, light-weight pants are ideal so campers can keep cool and easily spot any stray ticks.

Items That Must be Left at Home

  • Electronics of any kind.  We are serious about unplugging at camp!  Campers may not have anything that connects to the internet or plugs into the wall to operate.  This includes: cell phones, smart watches (Apple watches or similar), mp3 players, tablets, e-readers, digital recording devices (video or audio, including cameras with video capability), CD or DVD players, radios, video games, laptops, electronic games/toys, plug-in fans (battery-operated fans are ok!), hair dryers, curling irons, walkie-talkies, etc.
  • Food of any kind, including candy and gum.
  • Crocs, and all footwear without a back-strap or closed heel, such as flip-flops, clogs, or crocs. except for use as shower shoes. 
  • Any potentially disruptive or dangerous items. Examples include: money, potentially offensive clothing, jewelry, make-up, Magic or other trading cards, pop-culture magazines, aerosols (deodorant, hairspray, sunscreen), posters or flags, pets, weapons, candles or incense.
  • Any item that could endanger the health, safety, or welfare of campers or staff.

Any prohibited or disruptive items will be taken from campers and kept in our camp safe, and families will be notified of any items we confiscate.  Items will be returned to families on Closing Day, with the exception of food which will be disposed of immediately.  

The following packing list is a guide; it is not necessary to have all these items in these quantities.

Clothing for July and August Sessions:

  • 8-10 T-shirts
  • 6-8 Pairs of shorts,
  • 4 Pairs long pants
  • 2 Long-sleeved fleeces or sweatshirts
  • 2 Long-sleeve shirts (e.g. flannel)
  • 14 Sets of underwear
  • 14 Pairs of socks
  • 2-3 Swimsuits
  • 2 Entirely all-white outfit for Friday night (Saturday is casual clothes)
  • 1–2 Pajamas, 1 warm (make sure camper will be comfortable wearing them to some evening events)
  • 3 Hats for sun protection (all hats should be clearly labeled!)
  • 1 Raincoat or poncho (no umbrellas!!)
Masks
  • Campers may be required to wear masks in case of exposure to illness. Please pack 3-4 masks - whatever type is comfortable for your child. Eden Village will provide additional surgical masks if necessary.

Footwear

  • 1 pair of Sneakers or sturdy shoes (can get dirty + wet)
  • 1 pair of Sandals with back strap for the lake and pool.
    • NO Crocs or flip-flops! They are hard to run and play in and are only allowed as shower shoes.
  • 1 pair of Hiking shoes (if already broken in; otherwise sneakers are fine)
  • 1 pair of shower shoes, if desired (these may be flip-flops, slides, or crocs)

Linens and Bedding

  • 1 Pillow
  • 2 Pillow cases
  • 1 Bed Liner (optional)
  • 3 Cot- or twin-sized sheets
  • 1 Warm Blanket/Comforter
  • 1 Sleeping Bag (for overnights)
  • 2 Beach-size Towels
  • 2 Bath-size Towels

Toiletries (preferably earth-friendly/degradable and unscented so as not to attract bugs)

  • 2 Toothbrushes and holder 
  • 1 Toothpaste 
  • 1 Shampoo/Conditioner 
  • 1 Soap & container 
  • 1 Nail Clipper 
  • 1 Comb/Brush, Hair ties
  • 1 Sunscreen 
  • 1 Insect repellent 
  • 1 chap stick with SPF 
  • Any other toiletries that your camper is likely to need during camp
  • Be sure to label ALL toiletry items!

Accessories

  • 1 backpack/daypack (for carrying water bottle, journal, etc.)
  • 1 Flashlight plus batteries (should be clearly labeled)
  • 1–2 Journal/Diary & Pens/Pencils
  • 2 Water bottles (labeled)
  • 1 Laundry Bag (labeled)
  • 1 Sunglasses & hard case (as needed)
  • Set of extra eyeglasses and hard case
  • Plenty of Stationery, envelopes and stamps, including  at least 2 stamped envelopes per week addressed to parents
  • 1 pair of swimming goggles (optional)
  • Sharpies for closing day t-shirt signing
  • A couple of white cotton items for tie-dying or silk screening

Optional

  • Judaica: 2 Kippot (head coverings) & clips if needed, Tallit (prayer shawl) if you use one, any books for Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, your own siddur (prayer book) if you like.
  • Musical instrument(s), sketchpad, inexpensive camera (without video or internet capability) & film if needed, hiking socks & liners, work gloves, bandannas, rain pants, stuffed animal, Frisbee, tennis racket.
  • Costumes, books, cards, and puzzle games.