Military Trip Program Packing List

For all Trip Programs for Military Teens:  (Appalachian Trail, Sailing & Ocean Discovery, Ocean Adventure)

Notes for all participants:  Please pack efficiently ~ Please remember to label all clothing & belongings, you may also want to include a list of the items brought to camp.

Appalachian Trail program participants: Please consider the size and weight of what you pack. Test out both packing and unpacking your bag as well as carrying it. Remember, you will have to help carry group camping gear and food in addition to our personal gear during the trip portion of the program. Any items below not specifically needed on the trip will be left at camp while you are away.

On the trips, you will be spending all your time outdoors. Although it is summer, the weather can change at any time. It is important that you bring warm clothes and plan to dress in layers. We recommend that cotton outer clothing such as denim pants and cotton sweatshirts be avoided. In place of cotton, wear wool or synthetic materials.

Essential Clothing PER WEEK:

  • Medium to light weight hiking boots – make sure they are broken in!
  • 5 underwear & socks
  • 2-4 pair medium weight wool socks
  • 1 pair synthetic or wool thermal long underwear – tops & bottoms
  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 1 Long-sleeved light weight shirt (cotton is ok for this)
  • 2 long pants plus light weight quick-drying pants
  • 1-2 pair light weight, quick drying shorts
  • 2 Towels (one small, light weight for camping)
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat w/ visor
  • bandana
  • 1 wool or fleece stocking cap
  • 1 wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof raincoat with hood (no ponchos)
  • 1 pair light weight, waterproof rain pants (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 pair of footwear to get wet (Teva style sandals or old sneakers) – no flip flops
  • 1 pair of sneakers or shoes for running type activities

If your camper takes any medications, pack enough medication to last the entire camp session. ALL items should be in their original packaging, bottle or container that identifies the prescribing physician (if prescription drug), the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency of administration.


*For participants that are flying in, we can provide the sleeping bag and other bulky, hard to pack items. Please contact the office to let us know what you need.

  • 3000 cubic inch backpack. Must have well padded waist & shoulder straps *
  • Closed cell sleeping pad *
  • Compactable sleeping bag rated to 20-30 degrees F *
  • 2 leak proof, one quart bottles (wide mouth preferred)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water proof stuff sack or stuff sack with trash bag
  • light day pack
  • 1 each – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Toiletries (soap, toothbrush/paste, shampoo, comb/brush)
  • Sunscreen
  • Daypack
  • Flashlight/headlamp w/ extra batteries
  • small journal and pencil

Optional Items:

  • Compass
  • Camera & film (digital cameras are ok)
  • stationery, stamps, envelopes
  • small journal and pencil/pen
  • pajamas
  • bag for dirty clothes

Please avoid bringing:

* You may bring money and phone/electronic devices for use while traveling as they may need to purchase snacks or meals while traveling.  Upon arrival at camp, participants will go through a registration process where all medications (prescription and over the counter) as well as money and phones/electronics will be turned into the health center. These items will be returned upon check out prior to departure.

We appreciate your understanding and compliance.

  • anything electrical/electronic (MP3 players, cell phones, etc)*
  • money or valuables*
  • food!
  • weapons of any kind
  • drugs, alcohol, cigarettes
  • live animals or pets
  • vehicles (including bicycles)
  • sports equipment