The countdown is on! Summer camp is quickly approaching, and we want to help you prepare your camper for their week away. Use the list below to make sure they know what to bring.

PS – Don’t forget to label all of your camper’s belongings!


  • Shirts or t-shirts (1 per day + 2 extra)
  • Shorts (1 per day + 2 extra; knee-length for adventure activities)
  • Pants (for evenings, depending on weather forecast)
  • Underwear (1 per day + 2 extra)
  • Socks (1 pair per day + 2 extra)
  • Pajamas
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Hat or visor
  • Bandana
  • Swimsuit (2 are recommended)
  • Shower shoes
  • Hiking boots and/or tennis shoes
  • Sandals with back straps
  • Water shoes or old shoes that can get wet
  • T-shirt to tie-dye (packed at top of luggage)
  • Mess kit (plate, cup, bowl, etc.) for outdoor cooking
  • Face masks (at least 1 per day) and both clean and dirty bags to store in


  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Towels and an extra pool towel
  • Washcloths
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Menstrual products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shower caddy or toiletry bag that drains well


  • Sleeping bag and/or blankets and sheets
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Drawstring bag for laundry

Daily Essentials

  • Water bottle (at least 16 oz)
  • Small backpack to carry items
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol)
  • Sunscreen


  • Stuffed animal
  • Camera (consider a disposable!)
  • Stationery with stamped and address envelopes
  • Books or magazines

Items for Equestrian Programs

  • Riding boots or closed-toe leather shoes with a smooth sole and at least a one-half inch heel (campers may use boots from the horse barn if desired)
  • Sleeved shirts during riding time (t-shirts are fine and should be long enough to be tucked in)
  • Long pants for riding time (jeans or cotton pants are appropriate)
  • Bandana

What to Leave at Home

  • Electronics– cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.
  • Food, candy, and drinks
  • Valuable items– camp is not responsible for items lost or stolen at camp
  • Weapons (including pocket knives)

Download Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Packing List