Simple clothing for a rustic camp

At camp, things do get lost, damaged, dirty and/or borrowed. Old, comfy t-shirts, fleeces and shorts are quite the style at camp! You’re encouraged to borrow and buy used gear. Second-hand items in decent condition will usually be quite adequate. Should items be lost or damaged, it is much less painful if you haven’t made a big investment in new gear. We strongly discourage bringing anything of great monetary or sentimental value to camp! Eden Village Camp is not 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 write your camper’s first and last name on everything. This includes all clothes, luggage, water bottles, gear, laundry bags, shower totes, linens, sleeping bags, footwear… everything! Unmarked items are nearly impossible to reunite with their owners when lost. A list of items pinned inside the duffle will help campers remember what they brought when it comes time to pack and go home. Jackets, sweaters and footwear are among the most frequently lost items at camp.

Water bottles and hats are required every day and often get lost. Send your camper with extras and label them all clearly. Use masking tape for hard-to-write-on surfaces. Don’t send any hats or water bottles you wouldn’t mind not seeing again. Campers who lose their water bottle and/or hat and do not have an extra will have to purchase one from the camp store. Even if they just misplaced it for a day or two - camp rules are that they must have a hat and water bottle at all times. 


While we strive to provide excellent laundry service, it is a commercial service so please try not to send expensive items or clothes that require delicate or special care. We provide a regular (about every 10 days)  laundry service free of charge. For Journey campers, we do laundry between sessions as well. 


Campers and Staff wear entirely all-white outfits for Friday evening. If you want to get white pants and can’t find any, consider yoga or karate pants or scrubs.

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 to inquire about a lost item.


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:

  • The average high summer temperature for our area is 80 degrees, and the average low is 60.
  • 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 - no pillows, sleeping bags, or other small items hanging off bags - that's how things get misplaced.
  • Please label your camper's bag 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.
  • We strongly recommend that all smaller items be packed in a larger duffel bag. For example, small backpacks, sleeping bags, pillows, and other small items are easily misplaced during the luggage transit to/from bunks. 
  • Campers must wear long pants every time they go into the woods, as part of tick safety measures. Light-colored  pants are ideal (so we could see any ticks) - lightweight pants are even better for those hot days.
  • Jeans and other heavy pants are rough in the hot summer!

Items That Must be Left at Home

We reserve the right to confiscate the following items that are not allowed at camp:

  • Electronics of any kind (except watches and digital cameras without internet capability). This includes cell phones, iPods, iPads, iAnythings, Digital Video Players or Recording Devices (including Flip or still-digital cameras that can record video, if we find them being used for video), video cameras, CD or DVD players, radios, Kindles, laptops, electronic games/toys, plug-in fans, hair dryers, walkie-talkies, two-way radios, hot pots.
  • Food of any kind
  • Flip-flops/thong sandals or any sandals without a back-strap or which are not sturdy for wearing around camp.
  • Money, candy, gum, potentially offensive clothing, jewelry, make-up, Magic (and similar) cards, MAD (and similar) magazines, aerosol deodorant, posters, pets, weapons, and candles.
  • Any item that could endanger the health, safety, or welfare of campers or staff.


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!!)
  • 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.


  • 1 pair of Sneakers or sturdy shoes (can get dirty + wet)
  • 1 pair of Sandals with back strap for shower/pool/lake (like Crocs)--
  • 1 pair of Hiking shoes (if already broken in; otherwise sneakers are fine)


  • 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 unscented to not attract bugs, & earth-friendly)

  • 2 Toothbrush and holder
  • 1 Toothpaste (please label)
  • 1 Shampoo/Conditioner (please label)
  • 1 Soap & container
  • 1 Nail Clipper
  • 1 Comb/Brush, Hair ties
  • 1 SUNSCREEN (please label)
  • 1 Insect repellent for clothes (like this, you can pretreat clothing at home) and for your body (like this) (please label)
  • 1 chap stick with SPF (optional)


  • 1 backpack (for carrying water bottle, journal, etc.)
  • 1 Flashlight with rechargeable 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


  • 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 strongly preferred; without internet capability required) & film, hiking socks & liners, work gloves, bandannas, rain pants, white cotton items for tie-dying or silk-screening, stuffed animal, Frisbee, tennis racket.
  • Costumes, books, cards, and puzzle games.