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Packing Tips

As you excitedly prepare for camp and begin counting down the days, the quintessential question will likely arise – “What should I pack?” Packing for camp can be a lot of fun and often adds to the excitement and anticipation of the summer. However, we know it can also be a bit overwhelming. With that in mind, we have compiled a suggested packing list for each session to help ensure your child has everything he or she needs.

But, don’t sweat it! If you happen to forget anything throughout the packing process we will do our very best to provide whatever item(s) may be missing. We are absolutely committed to treating your child like family … which sometimes means helping out with a forgotten toothbrush or left-behind pillow!

The most common mistake we see is over-packing. Campers tend to wear shorts and t-shirts most of the time, though they will need sweaters and/or clothes to layer as evenings on the mountain are quite cool. Be sure to pack plenty of socks and underwear as they seem to disappear. We do have special events and evening programs during each session, so you’ll want to pack costumes (wacky clothing, plain white t-shirts, fun accessories, etc.) to join in all the fun!

Please make sure that all clothing, shoes and personal items are clearly marked with a laundry pen or name-tags. One final note, PLEASE PACK OLD CLOTHES! Your child(ren) will be running around a mountain day after day and their clothes WILL get dirty.

Additionally, if you find you are running out of room (or if you’d rather save some space), you might want to consider purchasing a care package for your camper. We offer fun packages (with toys and entertainment items for rest hour) and necessity packages (like toiletries and bedding) which will be delivered to your camper on opening day. All Care Package Order Forms need to be filled out and submitted to our office before May 30th.

Packing Lists & Pre-Camp Information
Pre-Camp Check List
New Parent Resource Guide
Kick Off Camp Packing List GIRLS
Kick Off Camp Packing List BOYS
Session A or B Packing List GIRLS
Session A or B Packing List BOYS
Session C Packing List GIRLS
Session C Packing List BOYS
Care Package Order Form
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What should I pack for EP’s (Evening Programs)?

At Camp Highlander, when the sun goes down the fun ramps up! Nights come alive on Old Forge Mountain with our unique and widely popular Evening Programs!

EP’s, as they are nicknamed, provide our campers with all sorts of wacky fun, lifelong memories and lots (and lots) of laughs. They provide the perfect ending to the perfect day at Camp Highlander. From carnivals and country fairs, to square dances and talent shows, there’s always something fun and festive and colorful to enjoy. Adding to the excitement, many of our campers and staff members dress up in accordance with each night’s specific EP.

Although specific themes and certain EP’s will change from year to year, it’s always a good idea to pack generic and versatile items like jeans, bandanas, camouflage, plaid shirts, cowboy/cowgirl boots, straw hats, masquerade/fun masks, Halloween costumes, silly hats, goofy accessories (boas, pirate eye patches, beads, etc.), face paint, neon clothing/accessories, overalls, plain white t-shirts (for decorating as a cabin unit), etc…

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Highlight EP’s During Each Session

Session A

  • Country Fair/Square Dance
  • Highlander’s Got Talent (props for talent)
  • Mardi Gras (purple, green & yellow)
  • Cabin Challenge (colorful clothing)


  • Monte Carlo (carnival/goofy)
  • Highlander’s Got Talent (props for talent)
  • Square Dance
  • Stars & Stripes (patriotic theme)


  • Highlander’s Got Talent (props for talent)
  • Square Dance
  • Color War (blue & white, black & red)

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