We hope this latest post provides some helpful reminders as you begin the packing process. Please be in touch with any questions.
Each camper must bring 6 Chewonki shirts to camp. These can be purchased from Summer Camp Supply. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-232-7174. Remember the May 15 order deadline. Shirts are not for sale at Chewonki. Many of the other required items are also available through Summer Camp Supply. Campers are expected to wear only cotton or quick dry Chewonki t-shirts. Having campers wear the same shirt is one way we help build a sense of community. It is a camp tradition for everyone to dress up on Sunday mornings and for our end-of-session banquet. Nothing fancy is needed but a nice collared shirt or polo is perfect for these occasions. Everything a camper requires is on the packing list; avoid the temptation to add to it.Campers receiving financial aid will also receive a loan of the required Chewonki t-shirts. Please contact us if you have any questions about what to bring. Bedding rental is available on request for international campers.
CLOTHING & LABELS
Please make sure all clothing and gear are labeled with your child’s name. Labels are available on the Summer Camp Supply site. Please do not send along valuable clothes and other expensive items that you do not want your child to lose or get ruined.
OTHER ITEMS Chewonki will loan specialized equipment required for Puffin, Owl and Heron cabin trips. Osprey campers will be asked to rent equipment. Campers are asked to bring enough supplies, stationery, postage stamps, toilet articles, batteries, etc. to last for their entire time at camp. Money is unnecessary at camp. We will bill any unanticipated expenses; this is rare. Campers will not have access to power outlets for recharging digital cameras. Therefore, we recommend bringing inexpensive disposable cameras. Please do not send smartphones to be used as cameras.
Headlamps/Flashlights and Batteries
Consider bringing a headlamp or flashlight that uses rechargeable AAA or AA batteries. Label rechargeable batteries with the camper’s name. Batteries can be re-charged overnight.
Campers may bring small folding or sheath knives with blades under 3 1/2 “ long. Do not bring knives with serrated blades. Chewonki policy is to have knife use supervised by staff. For younger campers knives are stored with the cabin counselor. Remember to pack knives in checked luggage when traveling by air.
Music and singing are an integral part of camp life. Campers love to perform at campfires and Sunday Service and there are many informal opportunities to play and sing. If your child plays an instrument, we encourage them to bring it to camp. We will provide safe storage.
THINGS NOT TO PACK
Chewonki campers learn that many of the things that they feel are essential parts of their lives are unnecessary. Please do not bring electronic devices to camp. Some campers might bring a phone to assist with travel logistics; we will collect and store these during camp. Similarly please leave “Pokemon” and other game cards and accessories at home. Items such as expensive jewelry or watches and money are unnecessary.
Do not send any food with campers or mail food to them once at camp. Some campers have food allergies and food in cabins attracts animals.
The food at Chewonki is simple, plentiful and delicious. We encourage but never force campers to eat a bit of everything at meals. Snacks are also available at various times during the day. We are interested in nutrition and want campers to learn about food and its importance. So, please do not send food and inform grandparents, relatives and friends of this policy. For birthdays in camp, campers receive a cake that can be shared with cabin members.
A trunk may be useful for packing and shipping but is not required. Campers arriving by car usually bring all baggage with them. Those arriving by plane, bus or van often plan to ship items ahead via USPS, UPS, or FedEx. Space is limited on the vans from Boston’s Logan Airport and the Portland, Maine Jetport so campers should bring only a few items of hand luggage. Remember to bring or mail keys for locked baggage. Whenever possible we unpack shipped baggage and place belongings on cabin shelves.