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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 sown or ironed onto all clothing and bed linens

Robert Lachman is an award-winning journalist who lives in Red Hook. He has worked for many local newspapers and is also a singer songwriter who performs in the area.