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 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!
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 a toiletries care package which will be delivered to your camper on opening day.
Bedding can also be tough to fit into your camper’s truck or duffle. We’ve partnered with Camp, College & More to help families get their camper the bedding they need and have it shipped directly to camp! Check out Camp Highlander’s bedding bundle, blankets and more. Shop Camp Highlander Bedding
Bedding orders must be placed at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your camper’s session.
We understand that being able to communicate with your camper is extremely important, please visist our Communication with your Camper page to learn more about Bunk1 and how to send and recieve Bunk Notes. You can print and pack bunk notes for your camper to write home with prior camp!
All campers and staff will be required to wear masks for a portion of each day at camp.
All campers should bring to camp a minimum of 10 cloth face coverings so that one or two can be worn each day & be washed weekly.
All face coverings should be labeled with the campers first and last name or first initial and last name. (Ex: Mac Bishop/ M. Bishop)
Prefered Face Coverings:
Face Shields and neck gators are not an approved face covering. All campers must wear a face mask if also wearing a face shield.
Campers and staff utilize a stadium chair or crazy creek chair while at camp! From campfire to talent shows in the gym, campers sit back and enjoy!
Your camper can purchase a crazy creek chair with the Highlander logo in the Camp Highlander Store for $55.00. If you like to have all that your camper will need before they arrive you can purchase a Crazy Creek here or a similar chair here
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. 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. 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 (tutus, pirate eye patches, beads, etc.), face paint, neon clothing/accessories, overalls, plain white t-shirts for decorating, etc…