We put together packing lists to be a guide for families, but you should adjust items based on the needs of your camper. The Chi Packing list is designed for 10 days of camp, which makes it useful for all of our sessions.
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Please be sure that EVERY item your child brings to camp is marked with the camper’s FIRST AND LAST NAME. Belongings can be marked using indelible markers or labels. We recommend purchasing labels through Mabel’s Labels camps.mabelslabels.com or Label Daddy www.labeldaddy.com, which carry a wide variety of sewn, iron-on and sticky labels. Labeling your campers’ belongings helps us return misplaced items to them.
Items on this list will be confiscated and may be returned at the end of camp:
- Alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, etc.*
- Cell phones
- Any electronic devices that can connect to the Internet, including computers, iPod Touch, iPads and other tablets, eReaders, portable game systems or other similar equipment
- Other electronics, including DVD players, televisions, video cameras, walkie-talkies, etc.
- Flammable materials (cigarettes, matches, fireworks, lighters, butane, incense, candles, etc.) and hot pots
- Food items, including bottled water and other beverages
- Knives or weapons of any kind*
We see camp as a healthy escape from the instant communication and technology overload that bombards our campers on a daily basis. For many campers (and their parents), separating from cell phones and the internet is challenging. However, we expect parents to fully support our mission to keep these things out of camp and to ensure that Chi remains a wholesome, outdoorsy and safe place for all kids.
*Bringing any of these items will result in immediate expulsion from camp with no refund of tuition or fees.
As a general rule, anything valuable that a camper would be upset if lost, broken, ruined or stolen should not be brought to camp. Camp Chi does not assume responsibility for any lost, broken or stolen items, including these which we discourage bringing:
- Handheld electronic games
- iPods (music only) or MP3 players
- Digital or expensive cameras
- Musical instruments (except for guitars)
- Designer clothing
Please do not send your child to camp with money. In the past, we have seen many campers lose or misplace money in their cabins. Camp Chi does not assume any financial responsibility for money brought to camp. Instead, we have created systems by which campers will not need cash while at camp. Campers wanting to purchase a snack or Chi gear can do so through their canteen account established upon registration for this summer. When campers in 7th-11th grade go on field trips, we provide them with spending money from their special Trip Account.
In an effort to make the departure and arrival to camp as smooth as possible, we have contracted with North Shore Movers to handle our camper’s luggage for those who live in the Chicagoland area. Rather than luggage going to camp with your child, luggage will be picked up at your home two to six days prior to the beginning of your camp session. Your child’s luggage will be at camp and in their village when your camper arrives.
Luggage must be limited to two duffle bags, one sleeping bag and one carry-on bag for the bus ride. Please do not use foot lockers, trunks or luggage with wheels.
Campers from Minnesota and Indianapolis will bring their luggage with them to the bus site. Campers traveling by plane to camp can either ship their luggage to camp or check it through at the airport.