Packing List

Please label all clothes and gear, so if he's on a trip we can put it in his shelter for him!

Although he will canoe and camp in some of the toughest (and most beautiful) parts of Maine, your son doesn't need the fanciest new trends or most expensive gear, but he should have good gear that will keep him warm and dry (and warm if wet!). This is why we stress that cotton clothes and a slumber-style (or car-camping) sleeping bag are fine for camp, but they don't belong on trips. Don't forget to send your son!

Required Clothing

  • 4 pair wool hiking socks
  • 4-5 pair cotton socks
  • 3 long-sleeved shirts
  • 4 pair long pants
  • 6 pair underwear
  • sandals for in camp
  • sneakers for light hikes
  • boots for hiking and chopping
  • old sneakers to use as wet shoes while canoeing on trips (NOT SANDALS OR FLIP-FLOPS. These need to protect tops and sides of feet in rocky rapids, and not come off in knee-deep mud!)
  • lightweight sweatshirt
  • sweat pants
  • FLEECE or WOOL pullover (NOT COTTON)
  • heavy synthetic-fiber or WOOL sweater and/or WARM jacket
  • raincoat and pants
  • poncho, in addition to raincoat
  • brimmed hat (baseball, or one with an all-around brim)
  • warm ski-type hat that covers ears on cold rainy days
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 4-5 t-shirts
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 synthetic-fiber or wool long-sleeved shirts (NOT COTTON)
  • belt


  • good quality trip sleeping bag with stuff sack (Please not a flannel-lined slumber party variety — your son will use this on trips and it must keep him warm even if it gets wet!)
  • 2 sheets (cot size); we can sell you a set, just let us know (flat single-size sheets work fine)
  • 2 blankets, or a second sleeping bag (slumber party variety is fine here!) to use in camp
  • pillow and extra pillowcase

Personal Equipment

  • 4 SMALL towels. Huge bath and beach towels don't dry fast enough.
  • synthetic-fiber (microfiber) pack towel
  • biodegradable soap (like Dr. Bronner's)
  • toothbrush & paste
  • 2 laundry bags (not mesh please; it has to keep clothes clean too, and lives in the dirt)
  • pens, pencils & stationery
  • nail clippers
  • comb or brush
  • sunglasses and strap (inexpensive is fine)
  • sunblock (not tanning oil)
  • small pocket knife
  • flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries (the camp store sells AAA, AA, C, and D batteries)
  • spare flashlight (small ones work great on trips)
  • canoe pack (heavy duty duffel bag; shoulder straps are helpful) 
  • waterproof river bag that fits in canoe pack (medium or large)
  • hiking backpack: with padded hip belt that fits snugly
  • large sealable (e.g. Ziploc) bags to organize and keep gear dry on trips
  • six 20-gallon kitchen-type trash bags
  • mess kit (mug, bowl, and spoon)
  • small pack for dayhikes (an old school backpack works well)
  • 2 leakproof water bottles (sometimes things tip over...)


  • long-handled axe (we have many to loan)
  • camera & batteries (waterproof is a really good idea!)
  • fishing equipment (if you're a true fisherman, bring your own gear. Want to try it? We have some old poles that we loan)
  • playing cards
  • good books (we have a small library the boys can use)
  • camp-worthy musical instrument (not the best or very valuable)
  • Silva or similar compass
  • tent
  • game/crossword puzzle books

If you wear glasses BRING an old extra pair and a STRAP! This is important as glasses get lost, broken, or go overboard.

It happens every summer...