Hi Pine Forest Moms and Dads,
It’s that time of year again! Time to think packing! This is a reminder to keep it simple! Less is more. Camp is a simpler life, so don’t overdo it. What fits into a cubby and a top shelf is all that a camper needs. Everything should be able to fit into TWO duffel bags, no more!
We know the packing list may seem overwhelming at first, especially for our newest PFC families. Here are a few outside-of-the-box tips we thought we’d share.
1) Our camp colors are BLUE AND GOLD and during our Color Days events, campers are split into teams of those colors. Pack your camper with one or two items of each color (it doesn’t have to be solid). That way, your child is prepared for membership to either team! Hey, maybe throw in a cool bandana or two.
2) Your campers are never too old for pre-addressed envelopes or postcards. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and best family friends are definitely not getting that letter you promised unless it’s over-the-top easy for your camper to send. (Pre-address envelopes home too. It’s one less step for your camper to take while he or she is running to the mailbox on the way to tennis!)
3) Don’t buy expensive clothes, jeans or bathing suits. Don’t pack twelve throw pillows. We are limiting pillows to one regular pillow and one decorative pillow. Don’t pack anything you don’t want going in the laundry.
4) Everything packed for camp should be able to fit in the 4 shelves of a cubby and the few feet of an overhead shelf. There are also small shelves for each camper in the bathroom for toiletries. If you’re worried that your camper may STILL need more storage space, we recommend long plastic storage containers that fit under his or her bed. There are 14.5 inches between the floor and the bottom of the bed. But these extra storage boxes are usually not necessary.
5) You’ve probably heard the term “shoe bag” thrown around. At camp, shoe bags are often used to hang up on the wall and store extra “stuff” in (think flashlight, hair brush, etc.). No, your camper doesn’t need it. But they may want it! It’s up to you!
6) Leave the electronics at home! No matter what you hear from friends about other camps, PFC parents don’t sneak them into their campers’ bags! Our parents are rule-followers, and our campers follow their parents’ lead.
As always, feel free to call the camp office with any packing questions! We’re here for you!