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What your child needs for camp

Whether a day camp or sleep-away, what your kid needs

essential items your child needs for summer camp in the hudson valley

Getting your child ready for summer camp can be a stressful time for all involved, so here is a helpful list of "camp essentials" to have packed as your child goes off to either a day camp, or one of the Hudson Valley's sleep away camps. 

Essentials for campers:

Day Campers

Each day camp has different activities, but most offer some kind of water sports and outdoor sports.  Here’s a basic list to start with:

  • bathing suit and a towel
  • individual sunscreen
  • a water bottle
  • a hat
  • sneakers for team sports
  • flip flops for walking around  
  • sweatshirt in case the day turns cold
  • young children can bring a change of clothing

prepare your kids for hudson valley summer camp


Overnight camp programs usually run in three- to four-week increments, so pack accordingly.

  • bed linens
  • one week’s worth of clothes (most have laundry facilities)*
  • sneakers
  • light-weight clothing
  • shorts
  •  jeans
  • a rain slicker
  • a sweater or sweatshirt
  • a jacket
  • toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and other toiletries
  • reading materials
  • bug spray and sunscreen

* name tags are either sewed or ironed onto all clothing and bed linens

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