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What to Bring

We have updated this list for Summer 2021 to mitigate COVID-19.

Please have ALL items clearly labeled with your camper’s first and last name.

Every day, each camper should bring to camp:

  • Refillable water bottle, packed outside the lunchbox. Nothing beats constant and immediate access to water. This really helps keep the kids hydrated.
  • Lunch in a bag or small lunchbox. We will refrigerate camper lunches, so please do not include an ice pack. Riverlea provides “bug juice” (Gatorade), milk, and water.
  •  A bathing suit. We ask campers to leave their bathing suits at camp for the whole session. In the changing areas, we have racks where kids hang their swimwear to dry.
  • A towel.
  • River shoes that can be left at camp in the camper’s cubby.
  • Sunscreen (spray sunscreen encouraged to mitigate person-to-person exposure).

What to wear:

  • A mask. Kids will need a mask on as soon as they leave their family’s car in the morning.
  • Comfortable clothes that can get dirty.
  • Closed-toe, comfortable shoes. Sneakers are highly recommended. Keens are popular and dual-function as dry shoes and water shoes. Crocs do an okay job, but are tricky for athletics and other running activities.
  • Sunscreen.

Optional items:

  • Hat (encouraged for 2021, as we’ll be outside more than usual)
  • Individual activity for rest hour (book, coloring or activity book, journal)
  • Tennis racquet.
  • Extra snack for the afternoon. Due to food allergies, campers may eat only in the Shire under supervision of a counselor. During free swim in the afternoon, we will have a table where campers can eat the rest of their lunch or a snack from home.

Please do NOT bring:

  • Toys.
  • Electronics.
  • Trading cards or any cards other than standard playing cards.
  • Jewelry.


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