Monday, May 16, 2016

The Young Life Leader Packing List For Camp: 25 Items To Not Leave Home Without

Bible
Psalm 119:105- "The Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

Mini Notepad/Pen
Take notes in the leader mtgs, write down the schedule, cabin time questions, etc... it's nice to have a lil notepad that fits in your pocket. It's also handy during club if you want to write down ideas from the talk/songs/etc...

Sharpie
I use it to label clothes, zip-lock bags, and draw beards for western night.

Water Bottle
The Dos Equis guy got it wrong. "Stay hydrated my friends." Two keys to surviving a grueling week without much sleep are eating right and drinking lots of H2O.

Headlamp
You know you look cool wearing it around, and on top of the cool points, it's quite useful.

Crazy Creek
Comfy to have for leader meetings and cabin time. Probably not the best for the club room, unless you have 400 camping chairs to share.

Shoes (I bring 6 pairs, don't mock me)

  • Casual (for kickin' it)
  • Throw aways (for the obstacle course)
  • Extra pair (for the kid who only brought one pair of shoes and now they're wet. It's impossible to have the best week of your life if your shoes are always wet.)
  • Chacos (great for the shower and the lake)
  • Hiking boots/Running shoes/Closed-toed shoes (for the hike day, horse back riding, ropes course)
  • Bedroom slippers (Might sound funny, but sure feels homey. Plus, it gives your campers another way to make fun of you.)

White Noise
It's tough to sleep surrounded by the sound of 15 kids' random heavy breathing. The free White Noise app on the iPhone does the trick. Plus, it provides a great joke for all the kids to pick on you about for the next year. "Remember when you made us listen to that terrible noise all night long at camp." They'll mock you... but secretly be thankful.

Camera
Don't carry your phone all around camp when campers aren't allowed to have theirs. Borrow a camera or invest in one. But don't miss all the fun because you're on the sideline taking pics either.

Watch/Alarm Clock
Bring a watch so you can know the time and not have to pull out your phone. An alarm clock is essential as well as your body clock is going to press the all-natural snooze button.

Eno
Nuff said.

Backpack
You do a lot of walking around camp. It's nice to not have to go back to the cabin to get things. I like to keep my Bible, notebook, crazy creek, sunscreen, shades, cards, camera, wallet, etc.. in a backpack. When I'm not wearing it I usually keep it in the Leader Lounge. I initially pack my backpack for the bus-ride. If you're wearing Chacos on the bus, make sure to put socks in your bag because buses can get chilly.

Candy
It's nice to have some candy to pass out on the bus, at cabin time, etc... You can also ask friends to mail your cabin a package at camp.

Cabin Unity Game Outfits
Don't go too overboard, it makes other cabins look bad. But don't go too underboard, it's fun to get creative and make your cabin feel special. Here are some ideas from YLHelp.com

Cards
During my early years of leading, I used to play "Silent Football" with guys in the cabin at night. After realizing that game has potential to really "damage" some kids, I've switched to a nightly routine of playing "Push the Deck." We circle up laying on the floor, taking turns to do pushups through an entire stack of playing cards. Face cards=10. Aces=15. Number cards=# on the card. It tires guys out pretty good. Last man standing wins.

Ziplocks/Plastic Bags
Statistics show that 8 out of 10 YL campers and leaders leave camp with a wet item. Wouldn't it be nice to have a plastic bag to pack that baby in?

Caboodle
If you were a middle school girl in the 90's you might still have a Caboodle in your attic. It would be pretty hilarious if you packed it full of materials to do an "post cabin time- spa night."

Extra Clothes To Share
Gals love to trade clothes, and guys love to get dirty, so both male and female leaders should bring extra clothes. There's something bonding about sharing your gear.

Extra Pillow/Blanket
Everyone sleeps better with their own pillow. Pack your own comfy sheet or blanket (stuffed down in the pillow case.) A good night's sleep is essential to being an 'oh boy' leader. It's nice to have a warm blanket on a cold bus.

Extra Towels
Because it's gross to share a towel and your high school friend is going to forget to bring one.

Chapstick/Sunscreen/Aloe
A bad sunburn and chapped lips make it harder to have the best week ever. Make sure you and your campers use sunscreen and chap-stick, especially in Colorado!

Duct Tape
I always pack a roll and I always need it for something.

Theme Nights
Talk to your trip leader and find out what your theme nights are at camp. If you're doing 'Tacky Christmas,' then bring red/green gear. For Western night, bring eyeliner to make freckles, buck teeth, and extra bandanas.

Spending $
Be aware of what kids don't have extra $ and be willing to splurge and buy them a milkshake at the Sippie-Parlor.

Toiletries
Soap, shampoo, deo, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact solution, floss, razor, shaving cream, nose-hair trimmer, bug spray, labeled medications.

Clothes
T-shirts, shorts, hoodies, jeans, swimsuit, rain jacket, underwear, socks, belt.

Accessories
Hats, sunglasses, headphones, phone charger, etc...

What would you add? Comment below or email me here.

1 comment:

  1. Just a heads up, an FYI, a soyaknow:

    At assigned team training this year, we were informed that one of the new camping rules was "No Eno's". That may just be NW division but it sounded comprehensive.

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