Spring Session & Winter Camp

We will be learning how to be comfortable outside in all weather throughout the seasons together. Clothing and gear can make a big difference between having fun and enjoying a cool rainy fall day and being uncomfortable and cold. We recommend checking thrift stores for youth outdoor clothing if you do not already own it, and if you need help acquiring items on this list please contact us, we may have extras to loan or give. In cooler temperatures synthetic or wool clothing, especially baselayers and socks will help kids stay warm. Pack multiple layers because the weather can change dramatically during the day. Cotton clothing leads to rapid body heat loss when wet, even from a light sweat. In cold weather, pack warm food and drinks in a thermos.

Participants should have a backpack they can easily carry with the following required items everyday:

• Lunch and snacks
• 2 bottles of water, tea, etc.
• Complete change of clean, dry clothing in a plastic bag

Cold weather (below 40)

• Water resistant winter coat
• Warm, water resistant snowpants
• Hat and scarf or neck warmer
• Water resistant gloves or mittens + extra pair
• Synthetic or wool socks + two extra pairs
• Baselayers (synthetic or wool)
• Multiple warm outer layers
• Insulated water resistant boots
• Extra pair of shoes (sneakers, crocs)

Warm weather (above 55)

• Bathing suit or clothing for wading, towel, sun hat, life jacket or puddle jumpers

Additional (optional) items:

• Mug for herbal tea
• Knife with sheath (Morakniv Rookie or My First Opinel No.07 recommended)
• Gloves for carving: leather (Kinco or similar brand) or “no-cut” (available online)
• Snowshoes, sleds
• Bandana
• Small pot for heating lunch foods on the fire
• Rain pants
• Insect repellant (non-toxic)
• Crafts or projects (baskets, cordage, friction fire sets, etc)
• Fire starting kit (magnesium rod, flint and steel, etc) please do not bring lighters or matches, mentors will provide matches.
• Magnifying glass
• Notebook
• Nature mysteries from home

 

Please do not bring any electronic devices including phones, game systems, or tablets.

These items can be a distraction or cause anxiety if they become lost, damaged, or are exposed to water.


Summer Day Camp

Bring a backpack that can be easily carried with the following required items everyday:

• Lunch and snacks
• 2 bottles of water, tea, or other liquids (16 – 32 ounces total)
• Complete change of clean, dry clothing in a plastic bag
• Warm layer

Additional Items:

• Bathing suit or clothing for wading
• Towel or blanket
• Life jacket or puddle jumpers
• Sun protection: long sleeves, sun hat, and/or sunscreen (applied before arriving + extra in backpack)
• Rain jacket when inclement weather is predicted