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

• Potluck dish for Friday dinner
• Packed lunch for Saturday
• Snacks to meet specific dietary needs

• Sleeping system:

• Tent or hammock
• Rainfly or tarp
• Sleeping pad and cold weather bag (rated for 10-20 degrees below expected temperature) Double up with two bags to achieve more warmth.
• Extra blanket
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Pillow (optional)

• Backpack for transporting gear
• Daypack
• Headlamp + extra batteries
• Weather appropriate clothing — synthetic or wool, avoid cotton
• Rain jacket or poncho
• Rain or snow pants
• Warm hat (synthetic or wool)
• Scarf or neck warmer
• Mittens or gloves (work gloves may also be useful)
• Bandana
• Time piece that is not a cell phone or smart watch
• Water bottle (16oz or more, marked with identifying features)
• Mug for hot drinks
• Lightweight bowl
• Spoon, fork optional
• Carving knife (we recommend Mora knives)
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries — fragrance-free / biodegradable
• Emergency whistle
• Journal, writing and/or drawing instruments

Additional Optional Items

• Sunscreen, bug spray
• Drum, shaker, lightweight rhythm-maker
• Crafts or projects (baskets, cordage, friction fire sets, etc)
• Fire starting kit (magnesium rod, flint and steel, friction fire sets)

Many great items can be sourced second hand from Goodwill or other thrift stores. We may also be able to provide gear and clothing, if you need assistance please reach out at least one week before we meet!

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)
We have refilling stations at Bear Camp. No potable water on site at Reeds Brooks Trails.
• Complete change of clean, dry clothing in a plastic bag
• Warm layer

Additional Items:

• Bathing suit or clothing for wading (please arrive ready to swim)
Swim shoes for foot protection in the water
• Towel or blanket
• Life jacket or puddle jumpers (required for anyone who is not a confidant, independent swimmer)
• Sun protection: long sleeves, sun hat, and/or sunscreen (applied before arriving + extra in backpack)
• Rain jacket when inclement weather is predicted

We recommend participants arrive wearing a swimsuit and sun protection if desired.

Optional:

• Mug for herbal tea
• Knife with sheath (Morakniv Rookie or My First Opinel No.07 recommended)
• Gloves for carving: “no-cut” (available online) or leather (Kinco or similar brand)
• Bandana
• Small pot for heating lunch foods on the fire
• Insect repellant (non-toxic)
• Notebook
• Magnifying glass
• Nature mysteries from home
• 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 provide matches.

We recommend doing full body tick checks each day after returning home. It is important to remove all clothing and check thoroughly. We have found this is the most consistent way of preventing Lyme disease.

This post may be helpful in answering questions about knife use and includes recommendations for beginner knives →

Do not bring any electronic devices including phones, game systems, or tablets. These items can be a distraction and cause anxiety if they become lost, damaged, or are exposed to water.

Bring a backpack that can transport all of the items on this list (one additional bag may be carried into our site as well)

• Packed lunch for Tuesday
• We are providing all additional meals and snacks and will take food allergies and preferences into account.
• Please do not bring extra food or snacks – we do not want skunks, raccoons, and rodents visiting our campsite in the night!

• Sleeping system:

• Tent -or- hammock with bug net
• Rainfly or tarp
• Sleeping pad and bag (rated for 10-20 degrees below predicted temperature)
• Extra blanket (optional)
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Pillow (optional)

We will be encouraging experimentation with various types of sleep systems and it is important to pack a sleeping system that your child feels confident setting up and comfortable sleeping in as a backup to alternative options.

• Recommended Clothing: (including what is worn on arrival day)

• Two pairs of shorts
• Two t shirts or tanks
• Two long sleeve shirts (synthetic or wool preferred) (required)
• One warm outer layer (synthetic or wool preferred) (required)
• One warm bottom base layer (synthetic or wool preferred) (required)
• One additional pair of pants (quick dry preferred – anything synthetic) (required)
• Two bathing suits or sets of swimming clothing
• Rain jacket (required)
• Comfortable clothing to sleep in (synthetic or wool preferred)
• Shoes that can get wet (required)

• Small daypack (required)
• Towel (fast dry pack towel recommended)
• Lifejacket (required to go on boats in the pond)
• Headlamp + extra batteries (required)
• Two water bottles (16oz or more, marked with identifying features)
• Mug for hot drinks
• Lightweight bowl or container with lid
• Spoon, fork optional
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries — fragrance-free / biodegradable
• Carving knife (we recommend Mora knives)
• Gloves for carving: “no-cut” (available online) or leather (Kinco or similar brand)
• Emergency whistle (if you own one)

Additional Optional Items

• Sunscreen, hat
• Camo clothing for games (navy or other dark colors work well too)
• Scarf or neck warmer
• Bandana
• Non toxic insect repellant
• Extra flashlight
• Journal, writing and/or drawing materials
• Small drum, shaker, lightweight rhythm-maker, musical instruments
• Crafts or projects (baskets, cordage, friction fire sets, etc)
• Fire starting kit (magnesium rod, flint and steel, friction fire sets)

Many great items can be sourced second hand from Goodwill or other thrift stores. We may also be able to provide gear and clothing, if you need assistance please reach out at least one week before we meet!

Participants will not have access to electricity or wifi, and we do not recommend bringing any electronics as they may become wet, damaged, or lost.

Bring a backpack that can transport all of the items on this list (one additional bag may be carried into our site as well)

• Packed lunch for Monday
• Dinner dish to share on Monday evening (we suggest preparing a favorite dish together the night before or something that can be cooked on the fire) (optional)
• Snacks to meet specific dietary needs (packed in a rodent proof container)
• We are providing all additional meals and snacks and will take food allergies and preferences into account.

• Sleeping system:

• Tent -or- hammock with bug net
• Rainfly or tarp
• Sleeping pad and bag (rated for 10-20 degrees below predicted temperature)
• Extra blanket (optional)
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Pillow (optional)

We will be encouraging experimentation with various types of sleep systems and it is important to pack a sleeping system that your child feels confident setting up and comfortable sleeping in as a backup to alternative options.

• Recommended Clothing: (including what is worn on arrival day)

• Two pairs of shorts
• Three t shirts or tanks
• Two long sleeve shirts (synthetic or wool preferred) (required)
• Two warm outer layer tops (synthetic or wool preferred) (required)
• One warm bottom base layer (synthetic or wool preferred) (required)
• Two additional pair of pants (quick dry preferred – anything synthetic) (required)
• Bathing suit or swimming clothing
• Rain jacket (required)
• Comfortable clothing to sleep in (synthetic or wool preferred)
• Shoes that can get wet (required)

• Daypack
• Towel (fast dry pack towel recommended)
• Headlamp + extra batteries (required)
• Two water bottles (16oz or more, marked with identifying features)
• Mug for hot drinks
• Lightweight bowl or container with lid
• Spoon, fork optional
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries — fragrance-free / biodegradable
• Carving knife (we recommend Mora knives)
• Gloves for carving: “no-cut” (available online) or leather (Kinco or similar brand)
• Emergency whistle (if you own one)
• Journal, writing and/or drawing materials

Additional Optional Items

• Sunscreen, hat
• Camo clothing for games (navy or other dark colors work well too)
• Scarf or neck warmer
• Bandana
• Non toxic insect repellant
• Extra flashlight
• Small drum, shaker, lightweight rhythm-maker, musical instruments
• Crafts or projects (baskets, cordage, friction fire sets, etc)
• Fire starting kit (magnesium rod, flint and steel, friction fire sets)

Many great items can be sourced second hand from Goodwill or other thrift stores. We may also be able to provide gear and clothing, if you need assistance please reach out at least one week before we meet!

Participants will not have access to electricity or wifi, and we do not recommend bringing any electronics as they may become wet, damaged, or lost.

• Potluck dish for Friday dinner
• Packed lunch for Saturday
• Snacks to meet specific dietary needs

• Sleeping system:

• Tent or hammock
• Rainfly or tarp
• Sleeping pad and cold weather bag (rated for 10-20 degrees below expected temperature) Double up with two bags to achieve more warmth.
• Extra blanket
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Pillow (optional)

• Backpack for transporting gear
• Daypack
• Headlamp + extra batteries
• Weather appropriate clothing — synthetic or wool, avoid cotton
• Rain jacket or poncho
• Rain or snow pants
• Warm hat (synthetic or wool)
• Scarf or neck warme
• Mittens or gloves (work gloves may also be useful)
• Bandana
• Time piece that is not a cell phone or smart watch
• Water bottle (16oz or more, marked with identifying features)
• Mug for hot drinks
• Lightweight bowl
• Spoon, fork optional
• Carving knife (we recommend Mora knives)
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries — fragrance-free / biodegradable
• Emergency whistle
• Journal, writing and/or drawing instruments

Additional Optional Items

• Sunscreen, bug spray
• Drum, shaker, lightweight rhythm-maker
• Crafts or projects (baskets, cordage, friction fire sets, etc)
• Fire starting kit (magnesium rod, flint and steel, friction fire sets)

 

Local thrift stores and gear exchanges often have good deals on clothing and equipment!

Minnows Childhood Goods Belfast, ME

Woods + Waters Gear Exchange Brunswick, ME

Backcountry.com