Packing for Camp

  • Here is a suggested packing list:
  • assorted shirts (long and short sleeve)
  • 1 blank white t-shirt for possible fabric painting, tie dye, etc.
  • 9-plus sets of underwear & socks
  • 4 shorts and 4 pants
  • 2-3 bathing suits
  • 1 pair of solid shoes/hiking boots
  • 2 pair sneakers or 1 sneakers and 1 "tevas"
  • raincoat or poncho, hat, rainboots
  • 2 pairs of pajamas (warm and lightweight)
  • 2 sweatshirts
  • warm jacket /sweater
  • 4 towels & 2 washcloths**
  • 4 sheets for cot mattresses 30" x 72" & 2 pillowcases (we have pillows but you may bring
  • your own!)**
  • sleeping bag (one that unzips to a quilt) or blankets (one heavy, one light weight)**
  • laundry bag labeled with camper name in big print
  • toiletries (soap, toothpaste/brush, shampoo, etc.)
  • water bottle
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • insect repellent (note that camping experts recommend 15% Deet to repel ticks)
  • sunblock
  • stationery, stamps, postcards, pens; books and games
  • day pack/knapsack to carry towels, dance outfits, riding clothes, etcetera during the day

** International families do not have to send their children with towels, bedsheets, blankets, or pillows. Camp will provide upon arrival.

HV Adventures Packing List found here.


We do laundry every 8-9 days, so pack 10 days of closing in case your camper joins a river hike or “Gross Day” activity.

Suggested: Stuffed animals; photos of family or pets; musical instruments; camera; games, books and/or crafts for rest period.

Helpful: "Crazy Creek"-style outdoor chair. (These and other optional items can be found at Planet Meg, the greatest camp store in the galaxy!)

Optional: (Camp has all of these items available as well.) Fishing gear, costumes for theatre activities, tennis racket, skateboard, tap shoes, guitar, baseball glove, dance music.

Personal equipment possession / use / storage: Camp provides equipment needed for any scheduled programs (sports equipment, arts, guitars, etc.) You may choose to bring your own tennis rackets, musical instruments, etc. We can hold on to valuables (musical instruments, etc.) in the office... All potentially dangerous sports equipment or knives will be stored and used under staff supervision.

Horseback riders: Bring 1 or 2 extra pair of pants to get dirty, and 1 pair of hard-soled boots with heel (these can double as rain boots or hiking boots). We provide helmets, or you may bring your own.

Please do not bring over-the-counter meds (we stock these), cosmetic "make-up", curling irons, jewelry of any value, bikes, pets, weapons, fireworks, gum, or food of any kind unless part of a special diet.

Electronics such as gameboys and ipods are for the bus ride only and then will be stored for the session in our office. Please read the note about electronics to the right here and remember that HVC does not permit the possession of kindles, phones, etc. as these items are easily lost or damaged and remove children from group life at camp. [Take a look at tips for a stay at camp with no screen time.]

Lost Items: Camp is not responsible for lost items, so leave small, unneeded, or complex valuables (jewelry, kindles, etc.) at home! We do not issue refunds for "lost" items, and send "found" belongings home at families' expense. Please be prepared to have a few minor garments (T-shirts, towels, socks, etc.) not arrive back home after a busy active summer.

Luggage Tips and More

Duffels or footlockers are all OK. All things being equal on your end, footlockers can provide extra storage space once campers arrive.



  • Everything Summer Camp (Home of C & N Footlockers) The name says it all! Find anything your camper might need here, including their popular footlockers and a name-labeling option.
  • Oliver's Clothing Labels can be accessed via your Online Camp Account. Go to Forms & Documents and scroll to "Your Camper."
  • Campbound and Campmor - good general sites for outdoor gear.

Overall, it's best if luggage accompanies children by car, bus, or plane.

To camp: If you choose to ship luggage ahead, we will make sure it is placed in your camper’s cabin. You make all shipping arrangements and pre-payments via UPS, Fedex or similar service. Our address: Camper Name - Hidden Valley Camp - 161 Hidden Valley Rd. - Freedom, ME 04941

To home: If you use a shipper, you must make all pickup arrangements and payments ahead of time. Contact us to discuss.


Helpful Info

Please note the following guidelines in preparing your child's belongings for camp:

  • HVC is an informal environment - "the less the better" and no fancy dress clothes are needed.
  • Trunks? Duffels? Suitcases? It's your call; these all fit on the bus and are accepted by airlines. All else equal, trunks are easier to organize and keep neat in the cabin
  • See below left for luggage and shipping tips.
  • We do laundry every 8-9 days.
  • To assist laundry staff, please label all items with camper's name.
  • Do not send unnecessary valuable items or anything of sentimental value. Camp is only responsible for lost items if stored in the office. Please note "do not bring..." list below left.

Older camper

Important Questions

  • Does your child take medication? If so, make sure it is given to a counselor immediately. All medication - even vitamins - must be stored in the HVC Health Lodge where it is available before/after meals, at bed-time or as needed.
  • Does your child wear eye-glasses? If this is the case, please pack a second pair just in case.
  • Does your child wear an orthodontic retainer? Please talk to him/her now about caring for it as part of the camp routine and not losing it. Our "dumpster divers" thank you in advance!

"Electronics" at HVC

Take a minute to read HVC's "no devices" philosophy if you like.

No ipods, phones, gameboys, etc. Camp is busy, engaging and filled with the group activities that encourage a thriving children’s community. Campers’ involvement with their groups is not supported by use of these items which are strictly forbidden in camp.

When campers want "alone time" at rest period, etc., they are encouraged to read, draw, play games, etc. Please pack accordingly.

Please send books. Kindles cannot be accommodated because of limited electrical outlets and the risk of loss or damage.

Prep for "no screen time": Take a look at tips for time at camp with no electronics.

Lola and Henry arrived home last night and notwithstanding their lengthy journey home were literally bubbling over with pure joy describing their month at Hidden Valley. From new friends to llamas to the Lion King, to Wheel of Misfortune, and the many wonderful art activities they both participated in, they were effusive in their descriptions and in their pleasure sharing experiences with us.
- HVC Parent