Here’s the gear we recommend campers bring. It reflects the minimum our packing experts think they will need since we have weekly laundry service. Should your camper not arrive with one of the items listed in BOLD type, please note we will provide that item at a cost to you charged to your camper’s camp store account. This may delay your child’s ability to participate in certain classes which require specific items.
Put your name on it!
Helmets, towels, socks, etc., all look alike. So unless you hope to unpack only one water shoe, a bathing suit that is way too big, and a rain poncho with a rival school’s logo on it, MARK EVERYTHING with first and last name. You can write it in permanent ink, sew on a label, or whatever else works for you. Just make sure you get it on everything – even the toothbrush (would not want to get those mixed up!).
• 10-12 t-shirts & shorts
• 3+ crew colored shirts (if known)
Campers proudly don their crew colors for certain camp programs. New campers do not need to bring crew-colored shirts. Shirts do not have to depict crew logos.
• 2 pullover type, knit collared shirts (i.e. polo style) and khaki shorts (for Sundays and Closing Day). Girls may bring an appropriate length sundress for Sunday service instead of khaki shorts. Please no strapless dresses or spaghetti straps.
• 10-14 pairs of underwear and socks
• 2 pajamas or night shirts
• 2 swimsuits - girls must bring one-piece swimsuits or a swim shirt/rash guard and swim shorts (not a bathing suit bottom)
• 2 pairs of tennis shoes
• Sport sandals or aqua sandals
• 2 pairs of jeans (must have if horseback riding)
• Riding boots with heel (must have if horseback riding)
• Horseback riding helmet (must have if riding – must be ASTM/SEI certified). These can be purchased in advance through our online camp store.
• Bicycle helmet (must have if mountain biking or boarding – must be CPSC certified). These can be purchased in advance through our online camp store.
• Cap or hat
• 1 sweatshirt or light jacket
• One pair of old shorts and one old shirt (incoming 8th – 11th grade campers only)
• 2 pairs of glasses (if needed)
• TWO sets of twin-size bed sheets (Please note if your camper has accidents, you need to send a waterproof mattress cover.) **Must bring TWO. If camper only has one, one set of sheets will be purchased and charged to camp store account.**
• Pillow (Please not more than two, if needed/desired.)
• Blanket or twin-size comforter
• Sleeping bag for campers going into 8th grade, 10th grade, and for Navigators (4-week campers). For those not wishing to travel with and store sleeping bags, you may rent one for $20.
• 2-4 bath towels
• 1-2 large beach towels
• 4 wash cloths, if needed
• Shower soap
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Sunscreen & lip balm
• TWO laundry bags (with first and last name clearly marked on outside)
Must bring TWO. If camper only has one, one will be purchased and charged to camp store account.
• 1-2 water bottles. Please no camelbacks because they are too hard to clean. Must have first and last name or camper will be VERY thirsty!
• Flashlight with batteries
• Rain poncho
• Stationery and postage stamps (make sure your camper knows where to find these in their duffel)
• Backpack (boys going into 8th -11th grades and all Navigators/four-week campers must have one)
• Swim goggles (if desired)
• Books, cards, or coloring books/drawing pads, if desired for Rest Period
Helmets and Sports Gear
Safety is our top priority. So helmets are REQUIRED for horseback, mountain biking, and mountain boarding. Horseback helmets must be ASTM/SEI certified. Mountain biking and mountain boarding helmets must be CPSC certified. For safety reasons, please leave all cleats at home. Tennis racquets, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, and baseball gloves may be brought to camp. Of course, we have these items available for use if you do not wish to pack them. If your camper brings golf clubs or lacrosse sticks, they will be checked in and labeled on Opening day and stored among Lonehollow’s sports equipment. Please note that the equipment will be accessible to other campers and Lonehollow is not responsible for losses. Golf clubs and lacrosse sticks will be returned to their owner the day before Closing Day and packed with their belongings.
Stuff to Leave at Home
• Candy, gum, food items – Every three hours-or-so, we feed campers plenty of yummy food including sweet treats and snacks, so no extras are needed.
• Knives, fireworks, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or other dangerous items – Most are against the law for minors.
• Tape, such as masking tape or scotch tape – It’s fun to hang photos and letters from your friends and family on your walls but when removing the items, the paint on the walls comes off, too. 3M blue painters tape is the only approved tape to bring to display mementos.
• Bicycles and similarly large sporting equipment – Storage space in cabins is limited so we provide this type of equipment.
• Money – We have everything campers need here, and each camper has a camp store account to charge against if he/she forgets something or wants to purchase anything from The Outfitter.
• Valuable or irreplaceable items, such as jewelry, equipment, etc. – Murphy’s Law contends it most certainly will get broken or lost at camp. Better not to bring it. Lonehollow is not responsible for such losses.
• Cell Phones, IPODs that play videos**, laptop computers/tablets of any kind, e-readers, DVD/CD players and discs, personal gaming consoles, two-way radios, or any other type of web, texting, or Wi-Fi enabled devices – They definitely get in the way of our good old-fashioned fun, make it harder to meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful hill country views, and pose a high risk for being damaged or misplaced. If these items are inadvertently brought to camp, we will store them in the office and you can pick them up at the end of camp.
MP3 players that do NOT have video playback, or Wi-Fi capabilities i.e., the iPod shuffle, are allowed.
Why no electronic devices?
Part of what makes Lonehollow unique is the focus we place on helping campers discover their own unique talents and preparing them with life skills. Imagine trying to practice a cabin skit while campers have their faces buried in a screen. Or scoring high on cabin clean-up while competing with Minecraft to get cabin duties completed before breakfast? We don’t want campers to spend their time absorbed in electronic devices; to have unsupervised access to internet activity, or to share shows/videos with others whose parents deem the content not age appropriate. Therefore, we find it easiest just not to have them around. And that goes for staff too! Please help us keep our kids focused on camp. (See the “unplugged” section of The Compass for more detailed information on electronics.)
Enos and hammocks are a great way to lounge at camp. However, we ask that they not be hung from camp facilities. Trees are great but bunk beds are not.