We’re pumped you’ll be on staff with us this summer! Here’s a packing list that should be helpful for you as you prepare to live and work in the canyon.
WHAT TO PACK IN
Like our campers, you are welcome to pack your things in a trunk. We recommend a trunk that is no taller than 15 inches and no longer than 34 inches because it fits under the bunks. Duffle bags or suitcases work great too.
LODGING AND PACKING NOTES
- You will stay in a rustic cabin with campers or other staff.
- You will have access to a small hanging space and cubby hole. Space is tight. Be wise about what and how you pack.
- You should pack enough clothes for two weeks.
- You will have laundry access.
- Please mark ALL valuables and clothing with your full name!
- Lots of shorts
- Lots of t-shirts
- Lots of socks
- Lots of underwear
- Nice clothes for special days (this is for both Singing Hills and Echo Valley). You should pack for banquet/picture night, rodeo and rodeo dance, fiesta dinner, days off, etc.
- Jeans. You may want to bring a pair or two for rodeo and rodeo dance! Program Crew, you will be doing lots of outdoor work that will require some type of jeans or work pants.
- Some clothes you don’t mind getting completely trashed and need to throw away
- Shoes and backup shoes. Work Crew and Kitchen Staff, you will need to wear closed-toed shoes in the kitchens.
- Sturdy river shoes (chacos, tevas, old sneakers, etc.)
- Throwaway shoes. You will want shoes that you can completely trash and toss at the end of the summer.
- Cowboy boots if you have them
- Swim suits that fit well and are appropriate for a youth camp setting. Girls staff will need one-piece suits. Guys staff, no speedos!
- Light rain jacket
- Workout gear if you so desire
- Laundry bag and basket. You will be doing your own laundry. We will provide detergent, unless you do your laundry off-site.
- Personal toiletry items
- Carry bag or tote for your toiletries so you can take them to and from the showers
- Towels, wash cloths, etc. (probably a couple of sets).
- Beach towels for swimming.
BEDDING AND BUNK STUFF
- Sheets and a blanket for a bunk mattress. Having a replacement set of sheets is always a good idea. You may also want to bring an egg crate mattress pad.
- Box fan for your bed
- Bungee cords for hanging box fan by bed
- Extension cord to be able to reach an outlet. An indoor, 9-foot cord should do.
- Singing Hills Counselors – you will need to bring a sleeping bag or a camping hammock for campout night!
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS
- Sturdy water bottle
- Pocket knife
- Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
- Lawn chair or hammock if you want to lounge on or around your porch
- Paper, pens, stationary, envelopes, stamps, etc.
We do not have cell service and we have limited internet service. You may use camp phones as necessary for quick calls.
- Laptop if you desire.
- Ethernet adapter for plugging in to a hard-wire line.
- If you anticipate needing to make longer personal phone calls during camp, you will need to bring a prepaid long-distance phone card.
TOTALLY OPTIONAL ITEMS
- Goofy costume clothes for fun
- Swim goggles/snorkel
- Fishing pole
- Musical instrument if you play one
- Pool float for the river
This list is not exhaustive. Remember, don’t bring your whole wardrobe or your entire room. There will be no space for it all. Pack strategically. Also, know that you will have days off to get any extra items in Kerrville or from home on days off if you need them. Let us know if you have any questions. We’re happy to help. Happy packing!