All new campers are required to purchase a camp uniform comprised of shirts, shorts, sweats, and a hat. The uniform can be purchased via the color catalog we will send you in the spring, and through The Camp Spot (our camp outfitter) web site, which you can access by clicking here.
The Clothing/Equipment list that is included below outlines what campers should bring to Camp. Please use the list as a starting point and then use your knowledge of your own son to finalize what he comes with. The suggested list is appropriate for both sessions given the way in which are laundry system works. In essence, campers need clothing for 8 days since laundry goes out once a week.
Labeling Clothes and Equipment
Please put your son’s name on everything he brings to camp. And we mean everything: towels, socks, bathrobe, sun glasses, baseball glove, tennis racket, backpack, shoes, cleats, sandals, etc. Use full names and avoid initials so that our sorting of the lost and found–which we do every night–can be efficiently completed.
Feel free to purchase and use labels available from The Camp Spot or mark items with a permanent pen (silver pens are available for dark items).
Bikes/Fishing Rods/Lacrosse Equipment
The camp is equipped with fishing rods, mountain bikes and lacrosse sticks and related equipment. However, many campers bring their own fishing rods and lacrosse sticks/equipment, and a few bring their own mountain bikes. Fishing rods and lacrosse equipment are stored in equipment sheds. Camper mountain bikes are kept in a separate location from our camp bikes. The benefit of bringing personal equipment of this kind is immediate availability. The downside is potential damage (for which the camp cannot be responsible) and having to deal with other campers asking to borrow items. The decision is yours. Call if you have questions.
How to Pack
We recommend using sturdy duffel bags since they are lighter and easier to use than trunks. All camper belongings are stored on shelves in the cabins and their duffels will be stored away from their cabins. All baggage needs to be labeled with the camper’s name. Please mail trunk keys and locker combinations to the camp office in advance of arrival.
If you would like to ship duffels, you have three options:
R&B Camp Baggage Service:
1-800-682-0135 / FAX (603) 536-4941. Delivery is only available for the start of the 4.5-week session, and pick-up is only available for the end of the July/August 2.5-week session. R&B does not pick up or deliver any mid-season luggage – please be aware of this for your planning. Please go to their website for registration and information, www.rbcampbaggage.com.
United Parcel Service and Federal Express:
Reasonable and flexible options. Luggage should be addressed to:
55 Moosilauke Way
Orford, NH 03777
Please note that due to space issues, only hand luggage and fragile items will be allowed on the buses to Moosilauke in June. On the return bus in August, we do try to put the luggage on the bus. All luggage in June and July will need to be dropped off/picked up by parents, or shipped to and from Moosilauke by one of the methods listed above.
Clothing To Pack
- 2 fleece pullovers/sweatshirts
- 1 rain jacket–waterproof and light weight
- 3 bathing suits
- 9-10 t-shirts
- 2 synthetic “wicking” t-shirt for hiking
- 2 pants and/or sweat pants
- 8 shorts
- 10 boxers/underwear
- 10 pairs socks–at least one pair synthetic and above the ankle for hiking
- 2 pair pajamas/sleep wear
- 1 baseball hat
- 1 bathrobe (optional)
- 13-and-over campers should bring a warm wool/synthetic hat
Footwear To Pack
- 1-2 pair cross-training athletic shoes (2 recommended)
- 1 pair sneakers for tennis—they need smooth soles for clay courts but don’t specifically need to be “tennis” shoes
- 1 pair light hiking shoes (optional – a sturdy sneaker is adequate for all of our hiking trips)
- 1 pair soccer/baseball (all-purpose) cleats
- 1 pair Teva or Keen type sandals that won’t slip off (very helpful for our waterfront activities)
- 1 pair shower flip-flops
Bedding/Linen To Pack
*regardless of the session they are attending, these are the bedding needs
- 3 blankets (it can get cold at night!)
- 1 pillow
- 2-3 pillowcases
- 4 sheets for a twin bed–2 fitted, 2 flat
- 4 bath/beach towels
- 2 wash clothes
- 2 laundry bags–with name in large letters
Outdoor Equipment To Pack
- 1 sleeping bag with stuff sack
- 2 plastic water bottles—Nalgene/SIGG type only
- Backpacks: All campers need a basic school/day pack
- 13-and-over campers (those having just finished the seventh grade) have the opportunity to take part in multi-day backpacking adventures. If your son wants to participate in these trips he should bring an overnight pack that holds a sleeping bag either inside (internal frame) or attached to the outside (external frame). We have a few packs available for loan for those for whom the purchase of a backpack is a hardship.
- 1 fishing rod with spinning reel (optional)
Athletic Equipment To Pack
- 1 baseball glove
- 1 tennis racquet
- 1 mouth guard
- 1 pair shin guards and 2 pairs of socks for soccer
- 1 lacrosse stick (optional)
- 1 fishing rod with spinning reel (optional)
Toilet Kit To Pack
- 1 bottle of liquid soap/body wash or bar soap with a travel container
- 1 comb and/or brush
- 2 toothbrushes and toothpaste
- 1 bottle shampoo
- 1 bottle sunscreen
- 1 lip balm/Chapstick
- 1 bottle deet-free insect repellent
- 1 nail clipper
- 1 shower organizer
Miscellaneous To Pack
- 1 flashlight with batteries
- 1 pair extra eyeglasses
- 1 pair sunglasses
- Stamped envelopes, paper, pens
- Books, non-electronic games
- A disposable or inexpensive camera (optional)
- Battery-operated fan (optional)
Notes On Outdoor Gear and Clothing
All campers at Moosilauke will hike mountains, canoe rivers and/or lakes and go on a day bike trip. Boys thirteen-and-older (those who have finished seventh grade) have the opportunity to also go on multi-day backpacking and canoeing adventures. The Family Handbook (click here for a PDF) has all the information you will need in order to pack the appropriate equipment for these adventures. Please note that if you deviate from our lists you will negatively impact your son’s ability to comfortably and safely take part in our tripping program.