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Camper Packing List

This is a checklist of items that every staff and camper is required to bring.

Please comply with this list as closely as possible.

Please bring:

  • 2 sweatshirts or sweaters

  • Jacket

  • 2 long pants

  • 3 shorts

  • 6 t-shirts

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Pajamas

  • Bath towel

  • Hand towel

  • Shower supplies:

    • shampoo, conditioner, soap​

  • Personal toiletries:

    • toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

  • Flip-flops for the shower

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunglasses

  • Sleeping bag and pillow

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Plastic laundry bag

  • 1 or 2 bathing suits

    • (no bikini or midriff showing)​

  • Rain gear

  • Sturdy athletic shoes

  • Hat

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Book

  • Pen, pencil, journal

  • Small backpack for day hikes

  • Sanitary supplies

Please do NOT bring:

  • Food of any kind

    • junk food

    • extra snacks​
    • Note:  complete, and well-balanced meals will be provided.  

  • Ill-suited clothing

    • midriff shirts

    • spaghetti-strapped tops

    • shorts shorter than mid-thigh

    • leggings or bikinis 

    • Note:  all camp clothing should reflect the dignity of the human person.

  • Electronic devices

    • video games

    • mp3 players

    • iPods

    • cell phones 

    • laptops/tablets 

    • These items do not promote group activity.

Please label all items brought to camp!

Thank you for your cooperation.

An important note on CELL PHONE USE at Tapawingo Trails Camp

Campers and Counsellors are NOT permitted to bring cell phones (or similar devices) to camp.

Part of a healthy camp experience is to provide campers with opportunities to strengthen their sense of independence.  Camp is unique in that it emphasizes community living in a safe, healthy, and natural setting.

It has been our experience that campers thrive as they learn to develop relationships and negotiate challenges with those they are sharing the camp community with. They also benefit from camp because it gives campers a break from common technology.  We believe that the success of each child at camp is compromised by the distraction of cell phones and electronics.

Sometimes parents send a cell phone to camp because they want to be able to get in touch with their child in case of an emergency.  Please be assured that we will pass along any urgent messages from a parent to their child.  In the unlikely event that we need to reach families because of something that happens at camp, we will be in touch as soon as possible.

To that end, we ask that parents support the camp experience by ensuring their child does NOT bring a cell phone with them to camp. If a camper or Counsellor does bring a cell phone with them to camp it will be handed to administration until the end of camp.

Land-Line Phone Use


For many of the same reasons that we do not allow cell phones at camp, campers do not have access to phones in our camp office.

Please do NOT encourage your camper to call home!

It continues to be Tapawingo Trails Camp policy to have the Camp Director contact families if any concerns arise including extreme homesickness.  Except in the case of an emergency or to arrange rides at the end of the week, our staff does not permit campers or Counsellors to use the phone. Any emergency messages for campers or Counsellors are delivered by the Camp Director.

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