Please have your child participate in packing for camp so they know where to find what they need.
We recommend campers pack in two pieces of luggage: one large piece to be used for clothing and a duffle bag for sleeping bag, pillow, etc. A daypack, small like used for school, is also required. Laundry is done once per 2-week session and cabin storage is limited, so please try not to over-pack.
Summers are simply lovely at the ranch. Our daily temperatures average a dry 85℉, while the nights average 50℉. We hope for a few good, rain-dumping thunderstorms each summer! Earlier sessions may experience cooler temperatures, while later sessions may experience hotter temperatures. Please ensure you check the weather for Janesville, CA the week prior to attendance to adjust packing as necessary.
All campers have a single bunk and we provide one pillow and pillow case. What you choose to send with your camper for sleeping is totally up to their comfort needs. Every camper is required to bring at least a sleeping bag (international campers are exempt and may use our loaner items). Optional: sheets, comforter, extra pillow, comfort item, etc.
We want the clothes worn at camp to be functional, so we have developed the dress code policy included in the Standards section. If campers choose to dress inappropriately they will be asked to change, or wear camp-issued shirts/shorts.
Items that are not labeled are less likely to be returned to your camper if they get lost in the cabin, on laundry day, or around camp.
Our main camp grounds are even and grassy, but many activities have rough and uneven ground, so appropriate footwear is a safety requirement. Running shoes work best at camp. Hiking or any other specialty shoe is only optional, and keep in mind new shoes can cause more harm than good (blisters-yikes!). We recommend a pair of slip-on sandals, hiking sandals, and running shoes.
Each cabin is assigned one laundry day per 2-week session, beginning the first Thursday. Therefore, your campers laundry may not be until the end of the session. Please pack enough clothes (especially underwear and socks) for the whole session.
As we are a tech-free camp, we recommend sending your camper with a book or two. This will help them unwind before bed and is a great rest period activity to decompress during the heat of the day. We do not allow Kindles at this time.
We recommend that you pack your camper with the necessary materials to write and send letters: envelopes, paper, stamps, and the addresses for anyone they may wish to write to while at camp.
READ HERE FOR OUR MAIL & PACKAGE POLICY.
Send your camper with a few pre-addressed envelopes as a template. Even better, teach them how to address envelopes before they get to camp. Every session we get letters “returned to sender” for improper addressing or lack of postage.