Christikon Residential (on-site) Programs: What to Take to Camp with You
- Warm sleeping bag or other bedding. Temperatures can get down to the forties or even thirties at night. If you have a sleeping pad (either closed-cell or open-cell will do), it will be useful on the overnight; but it’s not necessary.
- Casual clothing. Camp is informal throughout. Be prepared for either warm or cool weather. Besides summer-weather items, include a sweater or sweatshirt, and/or a fleece vest. It may also be wise to have a set of old clothes you can spill paint on to use during Service Projects.
- Warm jacket. Mittens or gloves and a stocking cap may be handy for the overnight, or cold weather.
- Comfortable shoes for hiking. Besides sneakers or tennis shoes (which are fine for around camp or on short hikes), it’s best to have something that provides more support and protection for longer hikes and overnights. If you bring hiking boots, make sure you wear them for several weeks at home before you come to camp, so they’re well broken in. Otherwise, they’ll probably give you blisters. And that’s no fun!
- Socks, underwear, etc. When you hike, it’s sometimes good to wear two pair of socks—a thicker pair over a thinner pair, so your foot doesn’t slide around in your shoe.
- Towel and personal toilet articles (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
- Rain poncho or other lightweight rain gear. This is important for hikes and overnighting away from camp. The camp has a limited number of ponchos that can be used. But we don’t have enough for everyone. So take yours along.
- Your Bible. Bibles are also available for camper use at camp.
- Small flashlight; camera; musical instruments (optional).
- Sun screen lotion, mosquito repellant. Protect yourself! The sun screen is particularly important.
- Other items to consider: A day pack or backpack, if you wish. It’s not necessary; but if you have one, it could come in handy for hiking or overnighting away from camp. A pencil or pen. Fishing gear (see information on fishing.)
What NOT to Take to Camp with You
- Music players (boom boxes, cassette, CD, MP3, iPod, etc.) If these are brought to camp, we will keep them safe for you during the week.
- Trail bikes or ATV’s.
- Firearms or ammunition. Fireworks or firecrackers are illegal.
- Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and smoking or chewing tobacco are not permitted at camp.
- Also, it’s not wise to bring large quantities of snack foods with you to camp. To help make your cabin less interesting to the “little critters,” any food you bring with you to camp will need to be placed in special storage, and will be available to you only during Canteen times.