Packing For Camp

What to Bring to Camp

Please note:

  • All items must be clearly marked with the camper’s name.
  • Please use soft luggage or back packs.
  • Do not tie paddles and PFDs to luggage.


shorts – include 1 pair nylon swim type
jeans/track pants
long-sleeved shirts – at least 1 hooded sweatshirt
socks – 3 pair wool or cotton work type
polyester fleece jacket or warm wool sweater
swim suits (2) & cover up


zany hats/ clothes
long underwear
nylon wind jacket
nylon wind pants


rubber boots/duckies
“wet” shoes – inexpensive running shoes or
aquasocks for canoeing, swimming
“dry” shoes – running shoes with laces or Velcro
sandals – for campsite use only


light hiking boots for 10 years & older

Personal Items

pillow with pillowcase
extra blanket
sleeping bag 3 lb. maximum
towels (2)
insect repellent, non-aerosol
sunblock , SPF 15 – 30 or more
lipblock as needed
sanitary products (as needed)
environmentally friendly soap/shampoo
flashlight/extra batteries
drinking water bottle (1 litre)
drawstring bag for toiletries


small chamois type camp towel
T-shirt for tie-dying (a potential activity option, while supplies last)
camera – inexpensive
musical instrument
favourite toy (1)
favourite stuffed sleeping friend (1)
PFD or lifejacket government approved
dry bag (30 litres)
small day pack
bug hat
bug jacket
writing materials/stamps

Please Note: Laundry facilities are not available for camper use: be sure you pack enough clothing for his/her camp session.

Hats – Hats must be worn in camp

  • should protect the back of the neck, the tops of the ears and the forehead
  • are worn by all participants on an out trip and on hikes
  • baseball caps do not provide adequate protection from the sun

Skin Protection – for those with sun-sensitive skin

  • we recommend long-sleeved T-shirts of thin, polyester fabric to be worn while swimming
  • we recommend a protective hat

Pants and Jeans

  • at least 1 pair of pants sent to camp should be quick drying – this is important on out trips

Footwear – Sturdy, flexible footwear can help avoid accidents and injuries at camp.

  • sneaker-type shoes are advised since they protect the feet, dry quickly on out-trips, and have flexible soles
  • shoes with inflexible soles have been found to cause accidents at camp
  • we discourage sandals, crocs and flip flops
  • sandals may only be worn on site (not on out trips)

We recommend a waterproof jacket and pants. These are less bulky on out trips and safer than coats and ponchos around the campfire.

Toiletries Drawstring Bag
Ideally it is important to have a sturdy net drawstring bag, big enough to hold toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc. It will be hung on a hook in bathroom.

Old clothes are best. We recommend bringing old familiar clothing to camp camp life can be hard on clothing.

LABEL EVERYTHING! (Including sleeping bags)
Please use indelible pen or sew-on labels. This makes a huge difference in the incidence of lost clothing and equipment We will contact you about any labeled lost items that are found and they will be returned to you at your expense. Unlabelled items found will be sent to a suitable charitable agency.

Camp Big Canoe Clothing

Camp T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts and bucket hats are available for purchase. For more details see our Camp Big Canoe Clothing page.

Personal Flotation Devices and Life Jackets

Each camper and staff member using a canoe or kayak must wear a PFD or life jacket. Camp Big Canoe has a supply of PFDs but if you wish to send a one of these devices with your camper, please ensure that it fits well, is government approved and is clearly identified with the camper’s name.

Costumes, Games, Puzzles

The camp can make great use of discarded clothing such as shoes, hats, old coats and dresses. These are used for skit nights and other special programs. Quiet table games are welcome on rainy days and in the Health Centre.

Camp Big Canoe cannot be responsible for lost items and has no way of securing valuable property.


Tuck Money

When campers arrive at camp, the counsellor will collect tuck money and place it in safe keeping in the Camp office. What ever money is not spent will be returned to the camper before leaving camp. Campers are limited to spending $5.00 per 12-day session and $2.50 per 6-day session – please avoid sending more money than necessary. Pee Wee Camp is short and sweet enough so no Tuck Money needed.

Food Parcels and Birthdays

Please do not send food packages. Campers have nutritionally balanced meals and an evening snack. Food taken into the tents may attract insects and animals. The use of chewing gum is discouraged. For campers celebrating a birthday at camp, a birthday cake is served for their unit at lunch or dinner on the anniversary of their birthday.

Parents’ Vacation Address

During camp sessions, if you change your address temporarily, we require your vacation address on file.