Packing for camp

Sure we have a list of socks and bathing suits and sweatshirts (that stuff is below!), but in addition to the basics, Zeke campers typically bring a few special things:

  • A blue and a yellow outfit for our much-anticipated camp Olympics – you never know which team you’ll end up on!
  • Blue and white outfits for spirited Friday night Shabbat celebrations.
  • Red, white, and blue garb if you’ll be at camp during the 4th of July! Did we mention there are fireworks??
  • A crazy outfit for Zumba raves (think neon, footie pajamas, capes, tutus, and morph suits)!
  • Your favorite pajamas for lazy day (yaaaawn).
  • Your favorite cookbook, for inspiration during culinary arts!

Read on for a list of everything you should bring to camp! The weather can get a little chilly at night, so be sure  to pack warm clothing. We have athletic equipment like yoga mats, tennis racquets, and baseball gloves,  but you can also bring your own!

Luggage

On opening day, once emptied, all camper luggage is removed from the cabins and safely placed in storage. No suitcases, duffle bags, or plastic drawers (except those plastic drawers that fit under the bed) remain in the cabins as extra storage for campers.  Please label each piece of luggage  (including sleeping bags and hand luggage) with two sturdy name tags.

Laundry

We provide laundry services once a week. Each camper has his or her personal clothing and linens washed  weekly.

Please label everything with your camper’s name!

What to pack

  • 3 bath towels
    (to use for showering)
  • 2 face towels
    (for hand and face washing)
  • 2 fitted sheets
    (twin size)
  • 2 pillow cases
    (extra if you want your bunkmates to sign it!)
  • 1 blanket
    (light to medium weight)
  • 1 mattress pad or egg crate
    (optional)
  • 3 beach towels
    (to bring to the pool and lake)
  • 2 wash cloths
    (to use in the shower)
  • 2 flat sheets
    (can also be used as light blankets)
  • 1 pillow
    (or two if you prefer)
  • 1 sleeping bag
    (optional)
  • 2 laundry bags
    (so you have an extra when your clothes are being washed)
  • 14 pairs of underwear
    (older girls include bras)
  • Camp Zeke tee shirt
    (we’ll give you one at camp too)
  • 14 pairs of socks   
  • 12 t-shirts/tank tops
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
    (for cool evenings)
  • 2 sweatshirts
    (for very cool evenings)
  • 1 light jacket
    (for even cooler evenings)
  • 8 shorts
    (gym, cargo, Soffes, etc.)
  • 3 pairs of long pants or jeans
    (for cool evenings, hiking)
  • 1 raincoat/poncho
    (must have a hood)
  • 3 pairs of pajamas
    (or sleeping shirts, etc.)
  • 2 nice blue and white Shabbat outfits
    (skirts, nice shorts, collared shirts, or slacks)
  • 2 pairs of sneakers
    (for everyday wear, sports)
  • 1 pair of boots
    (for hiking and rainy days)
  • swimming goggles
    (required for instructional swim)
  • 1 sun hat
    (baseball hat, cowboy hat, etc.)
  • 1 pair of water shoes
    (optional, if you want them for the lake)
  • 1 pair of Shabbat shoes for Friday nights
    (no heels over 2 inches!)
  • 1 pair of sandals/flip-flops
    (for walking to the pool or waterfront or the shower)
  • 4 swim shirts
    (to protect against the sun – we spend a lot of time on the water!)
  • 4 bathing suits
    (for instructional swim, please have two suits you can very comfortable move in; girls, one piece suits and tankinis are recommended, and boys, leave the Speedos at home)
  • 2 blue athletic tee shirts and 2 yellow athletic tee shirts for Olympics, so you’re ready to join either team! Campers can also bring other blue and yellow items for added Olympic spirit (tutus, headbands, hats, etc.) The accessories are totally optional of course.
  • comb and brush
  • clips, barrettes, hair bands
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • plastic drinking cup (optional)
  • soap and soap dish or body wash
  • shampoo
  • conditioner, gel, etc.
  • deodorant
  • Q-tips
  • razor and shaving cream (for shavers)
  • nail clipper
  • pads, tampons (for older girls)
  • 3 bottles of sun block (these get used fast)
  • insect repellant
  • tissues
  • caddy to store toiletries
  • flashlight, extra batteries
  • backpack or small duffle for trip day
  • pens, pencils, stationery, envelopes, stamps
  • family pre-addressed and stamped envelopes
  • 2-3 sturdy refillable water bottles
    (item most commonly lost at camp!)
  • funny costumes (we have many themed activities at camp, you never know what will come in handy!)
  • athletic protector and mouth guard for campers who will take wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • fan to clip on near bed (can be electric or battery operated for an added breeze)
  • battery operated clock
  • dance shoes (for those who love to move)
  • cleats (for soccer, baseball/softball, etc.)
  • summer reading books
  • musical instrument (but please don’t bring anything too valuable!)
  • lovies (teddy bears, stuffed Zeagles, blankies – everyone has them!)
  • playing cards, baseball cards, magic cards, etc.
  • sports equipment (we have it all, but if you want your own baseball glove, yoga matt, tennis racket, Frisbee, Nerf ball, cleats, basketball, soft “safety” baseball to play catch around the cabins, etc.)

What not to pack?

Please see the full packing list in our parent handbook for a detailed list of what not to pack.

Our campers have made thousands of friendships, millions of memories, and lifelong skills in athletics, cooking, and joyful Judaism. We are proudly supported by:

  • Jewish Camp
  • Jim Joseph Foundation
  • Avi Chai
  • UJA Federation
  • The Jewish Education Project

We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association