Junior Program Clothing and Equipment List
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Investing in gear at this age is a tough call. It is always good to have the best when out in the wilderness. However, we understand that while children are growing, clothes have a short lifespan. Therefore, we recommend that you buy midrange items or second hand high quality items.
It is essential that all items (clothing and gear) be well labelled with your child’s name. Camp ends up with mountains of lost and found at the end of the summer. The best way to ensure all your child’s belongings come home is to label them. We recommend Mabels Labels – they sell full custom label kits. 30% of purchases made through their link (see the web version of this list) are donated to the Wanapitei Camper Bursary.
☐ 1 PFD – ensure it is in GOOD shape, comfortable and government-approved. Check seams and quality of material for sun damage.
☐ 1 flatwater paddle (optional) – we provide paddles for camp use free of charge for Junior campers. If you decide to purchase a paddle or have one already, please consider the following: This paddle should be made of wood (more comfortable to hold and warmer than aluminum on the hands) and can be fitted at the retailer where purchased. If you have a paddle of your own and are unsure of the sizing, the paddle when vertical should roughly nestle in your child’s armpit or the grip end should be at about chin height.
☐ 2 whistles – one on your lifejacket and one for around your neck/wrist
☐ 1 sleeping bag – Though down sleeping bags pack smaller, we believe that it is more practical for this age group to purchase a synthetic bag. It is cheaper, and dries faster. A temperature rating as low as ‐7 Celsius is recommended (it can be cool especially in early or late summer; this is not a winter bag but warm enough to take out the chill during the cool periods).
☐ 1 sleeping pad (Therm-A-Rest) – Ensolite pads are cheaper but less comfortable. While Therm-A-Rest style pads are more comfortable and keep body warmer they are more expensive. We recommend that, if your child will be returning to camp for a few summers, to invest in a Therm-A-Rest.
☐ 1 pack – a daypack is sufficient for a Junior trip. Personal items will be stored in dry bags (see below) in larger packs for the canoe trip. If your child has a larger tripping pack (60L-plus) they are welcome to bring it, but it is not required for the Junior program.
☐ 1 dry bag – approximately 30L. These should hold a change of clothes, pyjamas, toiletries, sleeping bag and pad (basically what is going on the canoe trip). Make sure they are in good shape and waterproof (welded seams, good closure, good material). Do NOT bring garbage bags. These will be placed in the camper’s personal pack, if they have one, or in with group gear.
☐ 1 sheet for bunk
☐ 1 small pillow (optional – for in camp)
Cotton on trip is cumbersome and at times dangerous. When wet it uses the body’s heat to dry itself causing the person wearing the cotton to become colder. Thus we ask that your child does not bring cotton on trip. We recommend that your child bring clothes made of quick dry or wicking materials. These clothes dry fast and keep your child warm. Good materials to look out for are fleece for sweaters, marina wool or polypropylene (example – Capilene from Patagonia) for long johns and shirts, and quick dry for shorts and pants. These rules about cotton apply to socks as well. Wool and Smart Wool are good sock material. It is important to remember that there will be varied summer weather and temperatures, so you must prepare for a range of possibilities.
☐ 2 pairs of shoes – both pairs can be light, but one should be in good condition for hiking.
☐ 1 rain jacket – Must be waterproof. Breathable is highly recommended, though not imperative.
☐ 1 pair rain pants – Must be waterproof. Breathable is highly recommended, though not imperative. Rubber rain paints are sufficient. Rain pants are usually worn during the day when raining and at night to keep dry while on the campsite if it is raining.
☐ 1 bug jacket – a baseball hat is recommended for under the bug jacket to keep the mesh away from the face.
☐ 5 t-shirts, tank tops – double for 2-week sessions.
☐ 2 long-sleeve shirts – quick dry material is best.
☐ 2 sweaters – one for light day use, one for warmth in the evening. Both must be wool or fleece, no cotton.
☐ 1 pair of quick dry/light weight pants – no jeans or sweatpants.
☐ 1 pair of quick dry/light weight shorts
☐ 2 pairs of pants – for in camp. Can be cotton.
☐ 2 pairs of shorts – for in camp. Can be cotton.
☐ 1 pair of long johns – merino wool or polyester
☐ 10 pairs of socks – at least three pairs should be wool
☐ 10 pairs of underwear
☐ 1 sunhat – consider packing two if your child is prone to losing things.
☐ 1 toque – wool or fleece.
☐ 1 pair of mitts or gloves
☐ 1 bathing suit
☐ 1 flashlight/headlamp – and extra batteries (headlamp is recommended)
☐ Mug and cutlery (large mug, knife, fork, spoon) in a mesh bag – metal or plastic, WELL LABELLED with camper name.
☐ 1-2 1L water bottle – metal or Nalgene
☐ 1 pair of sunglasses and attachment string
☐ Sunscreen – must have, should be waterproof
☐ Lip balm with SPF
☐ Insect repellent
☐ Toothbrush and toothpaste
☐ Soap – liquid, biodegradable soap (i.e. Campsuds).
☐ Contact solution/extra contacts/extra glasses
☐ Personal medications – should be given to the camp staff at the bus before boarding or, if you are driving to camp, to the camp office.
☐ 1 pair sandals – sturdy Teva or Chacos. No leather or flip flops.
☐ Fishing gear
☐ Reading/writing material – include a list of addresses or pre-addressed envelopes for letters home.
☐ 1 small, quick dry towel
☐ 1 camera and waterproof case
☐ Musical instrument
☐ Playing cards
☐ Favourite stuffed animal
WHAT NOT TO BRING
☐ Food – due to animals and allergies, we do not allow any food items in the cabins. Any food sent to camp will be confiscated and not returned.
☐ Cellphones – our technology policy does not allow cellphones at camp or on trip. If your child needs a phone for travel to and from camp, we will store it in the office until departure day. We ask that you send your camper with a camera or non-cellphone for photos.