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Summer Camp Packing List

Use our packing lists to make sure your girl has everything she needs for a fun camp experience! As you pack, label everything with your camper’s first and last name.

Remember that camp is outdoors—think dirt, dust, and lots of outdoor fun—so clothes and shoes will get dirty. We do not have laundry facilities available for camper use, so you'll need to pack enough for your camper’s entire stay.

Please keep in mind that these are general packing lists. Upon registering for a camp, you will receive an e-mail with camp-specific items your girl might need.

This is a general guideline for our 4–5-day sessions. Please pack enough clothes for every day of your camper’s session. We suggest durable and inexpensive clothing—used items are better than new, especially when it comes to shoes.

  • Warm sleeping bag and pillow + warm blanket if bag is light (no slumber bags)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 1 mess kit in a dunk bag (unbreakable cup, eating utensils, and plate in a nylon net drawstring bag) Note: if you don't already have this item, we have plenty at camp that campers can use while they are with us!
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Day pack/backpack for hikes
  • 1 pair warm pajamas
  • 3 pairs pants/jeans
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 1 top for each day of camp (include 1-2 long sleeve)
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 warm jacket
  • 1 swimsuit (+1 extra if your girl is in a water-focused program; for Bothin and water-based programs at Skylark Ranch only)
  • 1 pair of socks for every day of camp
  • 1 pair of underwear for every day of camp
  • 1 pair of sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • 1 pair of shower shoes
  • 1 shower towel
  • 1 beach towel for swimming (for Bothin and water-based programs at Skylark Ranch only)
  • 1 hat or cap
  • 1 bandana
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, bug repellant, sunscreen, lip balm, etc

Optional Add-On Items:

  • An item of clothing suitable for tie-dying (white shirt,
    pillowcase, canvas bag, etc.)
  • Costumes for theme meals or all-camp events
  • Fabric, ribbons, and photos to decorate your living area
  • Favorite stuffed animal
  • Stationary or postcards (stamped and pre-addressed), pens/pencils/stamps
  • 1 pair of water shoes (water-based programs at Skylark Ranch only)

Your girl needs a few extras to make her stay at camp safe and comfortable!

  • Riding boots or sturdy shoes with a 1/2” heel for both Western and English riding (not hiking boots or tennis shoes)
  • At least two extra pairs of jeans
  • Extra sweatshirt
  • Clothes that can dirty—riding horses is dusty business!
  • A bandana
  • Chapstick and sunscreen lotion
  • A refillable water bottle
  • Daypack/Backpack

The following items are not allowed at camp:

  • Cell phones and personal electronic devices (i.e. iPads, iPods, MP3 players, eReaders, digital cameras, etc.)
  • Pets/live animals
  • Personal sports equipment, wetsuits, bicycles, or craft items
  • Sandals (except for shower use)
  • Candy, gum, or snacks. Food in camper's sleeping area attracts animals, so please don't send her any!
  • Personal vehicles (except for family camp)
  • Knives or weapons

Girl Scouts of Northern California is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to personal belongings, money, or items left at camp. Please write your camper’s full name and phone number on everything of importance—if it’s left behind, we’ll make every effort to contact you by phone or email. Lost and found items will be kept for 2 weeks. Any item not claimed by September 1 at the end of the camp season will be donated.

Contact our Outdoor Program Assistant with questions about lost and found:; 800-447-4475, ext. 4002.

Pack medication containers in a plastic zip bag with the camper’s name printed in permanent ink on the bag. All medications, vitamins, and supplements must be in original containers with the doctor’s name, dosage, and any instructions clearly stated.

For resident camp, the camp health supervisor will keep medications, vitamins, ointments, etc., in the health center during camp. On trips, we will send medications, etc., with staff. Inhalers, Epi Pens, and other necessary items will be kept with each camper as determined by the health supervisor and information on the Health History Form..

We have a supply of commonly used over-the-counter medicines, so it is not necessary to send these to camp. If you have a question about a specific medicine, please contact us.

Packing Tips

  • Mark everything with your camper's first and last name.
  • Please let your camper pack her own gear! Packing for the trip home is much simpler when she knows exactly what she brought with her to camp, and how best to fit it into her suitcase.
  • Stuff bags make packing easy: they're great for sleeping bags as well as for young or inexperienced campers to use.
  • Please limit luggage to two pieces: one sleeping bag and one suitcase or duffle bag—campers have trouble carrying much more than that on their own!
  • All luggage must be clearly tagged with the camper's name, address, phone number and camp she is attending.
  • Use only luggage that can be securely closed (not trash bags or open tote bags).

Questions? Contact our Member Services department (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM) by phone at 800-447-4475 or by email at!