Packing list for camp

  • Toiletries enough for 2-3 weeks
  • 2 towels (one for shower and one for pool/sea)
  • Take one sunblock and then buy more out there – it’s cheaper and better out there
  • Jewish Camps USA t-shirt
  • Two weeks worth of tshirts and shorts (you may change once a day so bear that in mind) make sure you do not mind them getting dirty or ruined (Nothing that is too short
  • Different coloured tops: red, blue, green, yellow, black and white
  • Something nice for travelling before or after camp
  • Swimming costumes; you will be in the pool pretty much every day so bring a few (bikinis – please check with camp’s packing list as girls may be required to wear an all-in-one swimsuit)
  • Shoes you do not mind getting ruined – rules vary with camp regarding flip flops and open heel shoes – please check.
  • Good trainers for possible hikes
  • Shower flip flops
  • Long shorts/leggings for ropes course and horses
  • Sun hat/something to cover your head with
  • Sun glasses
  • A couple of thick jumpers for when it gets cold at night
  • Tracksuit bottoms/jeans (maybe 2)
  • A watch to get your campers to the right place on time where you wont have your phone
  • Check out your camp website or handbook to find out about any special theme days your camp may have so you can make sure you have all the correct clothes

For Shabbat –  this will vary with each camp:

  • Check with your camp’s packing list for a dress code on Friday night’s, most camps will wear white
  • Boys – plain white shirts, plain white polos and formal shorts or jeans.
  • Girls – white dresses, white blouses/tops.

Additional things to take:

  • Flags from your home country to decorate the cabin and any theme days
  • Loads of fun things you can bring from your home country to share with the campers and camp
  • Fancy dress
  • American plug adapters
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • You don’t need to take your laptop as camp will provide you with access to computers
  • Books if you want
  • Check with camp director if they will provide you with a sleeping bag and/or pillow (most will)
  • Bed cover and pillow case (optional)
  • Money – We advise to take $400 with you as this should cover necessary things whilst you are at camp before receiving a pay check.
  • Rucksack
  • Flashlight
  • Musical instrument(s)
  • Water bottle
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bug spray

What documents you need for the US Border

  • Passport with approved visa inside
  • DS2019 (visa document)
  • SEVIS receipt (visa document)
  • Camp Contract (and know your dates)
  • Camp contact (Name, phone number, address)
  • Background check
  • Proof of your return flight
  • Knowledge of what your role is at camp

Top Tips For Packing

  • Do not take anything to camp that you will be upset if it got lost/stolen/damaged
  • You can buy everything out there if you forget anything
  • Label everything!
  • You will be able to do your washing at camp or camp will do your washing for you off-site.
  • Check out your staff handbook for a more specific packing list and to find out about the laundry situation at your camp 
  • If you like spray deodorant – take enough with for the whole time, they do not seem to sell this in the USA, only roll on
  • Bug spray is a must, ticks are real
  • Most of your campers and American co counsellors will bring plastic drawers to camp to store their non-clothes items, these are really cheap and available in most stores if you like to keep all your items organised
  • Most camps are nut free

East Coast Top Tips

  • If you are heading to the east coast, it can rain A LOT, so make sure you are taking weather appropriate clothes 
  • Waterproof jackets and rain boots.

West Coast Top Tips

  • Up north, such as in Portland and San Francisco, you can get lots and lots of rain throughout the summer, so make sure you plan to bring (or buy there) water shoes and rain jackets.
  • Even near Los Angeles, it can get cold at night, so make sure you have warm clothes.