Packing List and Shipping Bags

The Packing List below details the clothing and equipment that will be needed at camp. The list is only a suggested guide. Substitutions can be made for individual preferences and age appropriateness. Campers do not need more than what’s recommended and storage space is limited. Please do not overbuy!

All items brought to camp must be clearly marked with the camper’s name. We highly recommend the peel-and-stick washable labels from Label Daddy. (And enter AKEELA at checkout to have 25% of your order donated to CampLauncher!)

☐ 1 white or grey Akeela t-shirt
☐ 10 additional t-shirts
☐ 3 long-sleeved t-shirts
☐ 4 pair pants (sweatpants, jeans, etc.)
☐ 6-8 pair shorts
☐ 2 sweatshirts (1 hooded)
☐ 2 pair sneakers
☐ 12 pair underwear
☐ 12 pair athletic socks
☐ 2 pair pajamas (e.g. 1 short and 1 long)
☐ 1 comforter or 3 cot-sized wool blankets (VT can be cold at night!)
☐ 4 cot-sized or twin sheets (2 flat & 2 fitted)
☐ 2-3 bath towels
☐ 2 swim/beach towels
☐ 2 washcloths
☐ 1 shower caddy with soap dish, cup, toothbrush holder & toiletries
☐ 25 pre-addressed, stamped envelopes with stationery
☐ 1 pillow with 2 cases
☐ 3-4 bathing suits (GIRLS: one-piece or tankinis only!)
☐ 1 pair flip flops/sandals/Crocs
☐ 2 hats with brim
☐ 1 fleece jacket or heavyweight jacket
☐ 1 knee-length rain jacket or poncho with hood
☐ 1 pair rain boots
☐ 1 sleeping bag (ONLY for campers who are signed up for the optional overnight trip)
☐ 1 flashlight
☐ 1 water bottle or canteen (All Campers MUST bring)
☐ 1 bottle insect repellent
☐ 1 pr. hiking shoes (or sturdy sneakers) – please break in before camp
☐ 1 bottle sunscreen
☐ 1 small backpack (an Akeela backpack will be provided to all first-time campers)
☐ 10 cotton face masks or 100 (2 boxes) disposable face masks (NOT gators, buffs or bandanas)
☐ hand sanitizer

☐ Sunglasses
☐ Camera
☐ Music player (without screen content)
☐ Baseball glove
☐ Musical instrument
☐ Tennis racquet
☐ Fishing rod
☐ Books
☐ Crazy Creek chair (or similar)

Shipping Bags to Camp

Unpacking our campers is a vital part of how we welcome them to Akeela. Even though all campers will be dropped off by car this summer (2021), we are still asking that all trunks/duffels arrive at camp at least 3 days prior to the start of your child’s session

UPS / FedEx / USPS – You can ship your camper’s bags via USPS, UPS or FedEx. All three shipping carriers deliver reliably to Akeela on a daily basis. For camp luggage, you’ll find the best pricing using their “Ground” services. Please make sure to get an estimated date of delivery and aim to have everything arrive at camp at least 3 days before your camp session. (NOTE: If you’re told that our camp address isn’t recognized, you can override that warning; we promise that packages find us at 1 Thoreau Way! If an alternative address is truly required, use this: Camp Akeela, 1 Camp Thoreau Loop, Thetford Center, VT 05075.)

R & B Camp Baggage – We also work with a camp shipping company, R&B Shipping, which will come right to your door to pick up your camper’s bags.

Drop Off Bags At Camp – Families who live close enough are welcome to drive their campers’ belongings to Akeela. Because we unpack and set up cabins ahead of time, camper bags must arrive at least 3 days before the camp session. Please let us know if you plan to drop off your child’s baggage.

Getting Bags Home from Camp

While we are hopeful that bags will be able to go under the buses on the return trip home, space is very limited and we can’t count on it until we know for sure how many campers will be on each bus. As such, please contract return service with R&B, or generate return labels from FedEx/UPS. If we can get your bags under the bus, you won’t be charged anything for services unused by R&B or the shipping services. If you are picking your child up at camp at the end of the session, we will have their bags ready to put in your car that morning.

Family Handbook Table of Contents

  1. About Akeela & About CampGroup
  2. Camper Travel and Visiting Day
  3. Packing List & Baggage Shipping Information
  4. Purchasing Camp Clothing, Prohibited Items & Laundry
  5. Communication: Mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
  6. Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
  7. Food, Health and Wellness
  8. Electronics Policy
  9. Homesickness Prevention
  10. Success at Akeela
  11. Camper Code of Conduct
  12. Additional Activities and Trips
  13. “Open House” Orientation Day
  14. Driving Directions

Important Note for 2021

One of the reasons we have made this Handbook available on our website, rather than sending it by snail mail, is that we anticipate making changes well into the spring, as we learn more about how COVID-19 will affect our plans for this summer. To be clear, camp is definitely opening and we’re ready to keep our campers healthy and safe in any scenario. However, current conditions, as well as guidance from health professionals and the State of Vermont, might affect some of our programs, schedules, policies, etc.