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What to Bring

This list has been updated to match our 2022 COVID protocol. This can change according to how COVID presents during Summer 2023.

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 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, and will need to wear it when inside buildings.
  • 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 aren’t great for athletics and other running activities.
  • Sunscreen.

Optional items:

  • Hat (encouraged for 2022, 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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