Packing for Sleep Away Camp

When a friend invited the boy to five days of "sleep away camp" at her family cottage on a glacial lake, he was thrilled.  He loves his day camp but wasn't yet ready for a month of lord-of-the-flies sleep-away-in-the-woods-of-northern-Michigan camp. 

He and I looked over the list of essentials he would need: sleeping bag, socks, underwear, sunscreen, swim suit and towel. And started contemplating the things that might come in handy:

  • clown nose
  • mustache
  • arachnide playing cards
  • swedish flint
  • first aid (tick) kit
  • pocket knife
  • flashlight
  • oreos
  • toothbrush
  • tooth paste
  • retainer case
  • water proof field guide
  • black pencil
  • glow-in-the-dark star map
  • titanium spork

The Titanium spork was deemed most essential. 

We hot glued camping, space and food merit badges from JetBlackPress  onto an army duffle bag and the back of a fly fishing vest. Then we labeled the vest pockets with a sharpie for quick and easy access. Maybe we'll embroider the lettering for next year.

On the drive over, I quizzed him and he knew what was in every single pocket without looking!

At the foot of our friend's road the boy happily hopped out of the car to hike up the hill so he could pretend to have 'hiked in' with all his gear.

Can't wait to see his smiling face when we pick him up in five days!

jane beck

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