for First or Second Session campers

Clothes that come to camp should be comfortable and appropriate for outdoor activity. There are no “dress-up” occasions at camp. OUR BATHING SUIT POLICY bans suits that are held up with strings, have long ties that can get caught in ski ropes, or are simply too revealing. Use your best judgment or call us with questions! Shorts should have at least a 3-inch inseam. T-shirts, tanks and other tops should cover your camper’s torso. No tummy-revealing “crop tops,” please!

This is a suggested list. If your child tends to go through clothes rapidly, then pack a bit more than what is noted. If s/he loves sports, probably best to send two pairs of athletic shoes. Please remember: We will not send out laundry for two-week campers. These campers will need a 13-day clothing supply. All other campers should have a 10-to-12-day clothing supply. For trips out of camp, such as Mackinac Island, we request that campers wear a Walden T-shirt and/or sweatshirt for easy identification. Closed-toe shoes are required after 8 p.m. each night. Walden’s official camp outfitter is Brody’s in West Bloomfield, MI., 248-851-6232.

____ 8-10 pr shorts (At least 3-inch inseam)
____ 4-6 pr jeans/athletic pants
____ 13 long- and short-sleeve T-shirts, (1 green or grey that says “Walden”)
____ 3 sweatshirts (1 “Walden”)
____ 3 pr pajamas (1 for cool weather)
____ 13 pr underwear
____ 13 pr socks (we wear closed-toed shoes in the evenings, which typically require socks!)
____ 3 swimsuits, consider long-sleeve rash guards for sun protection (please note our swimwear policy in the Parent Guide)
____ 1 rain jacket
____ 1-2 mid-weight (i.e. fleece) jackets
____ 1 cap or hat for sun protection

____ 1 pr water shoes (not flip flops; shoes that
will reliably stay on feet when in the water/river)
____ 2 pr athletic shoes
____ 1 pr hiking shoes (a sturdy athletic shoe can often substitute)
____ 1 pr rainboots, if hiking shoe is not waterproof
____ If horseback riding: 1 pr hard-sole shoes (no
tennis shoes) with small heel, or paddock boots

____ 2 washable laundry bags. Two-week campers need only one.
____ 4 bath towels
____ 4 wash cloths and/or hand towels
____ 3 beach towels

____ 1 mattress pad (no egg crates)
____ 1-2 pillows
____ 2-4 pillowcases
____ 2 cot-sized fitted sheets (avail. at Brody’s and online)
____ 2 cot-sized flat sheets (avail. at Brody’s and online)
____ 2 blankets
____ 1 sleeping bag (may be unzipped and used as the second blanket)

____ 2 large duffel bags (please avoid XL bags; they’re too heavy when filled)
____ Toiletries
____ Flashlight and batteries
____ Reusable H2O bottle (with or w/out carbon filters for taste)
____ Kleenex
____ Toilet articles in box/case
____ Sunscreen and bug spray
____ Stationary/stamps

OPTIONAL ITEMS (*available at camp)
____ Personal music player (No video capability)
____ Disposable cameras
____ Stuffed animal, blankie, pictures from home
____ *Personal tennis racket, archery bow,
lacrosse stick, baseball glove, etc.
____ Personal musical instruments
____ Dance shoes (Tap, Ballet, Etc.)
____ *Board games, cards, books
____ *Horseback riding helmet
____ Riding breeches or riding boots
____Costumes for the Hallowalden banquet

diversity, equity, inclusion

Walden understands that a relevant camp community requires the harmonies of many voices—not only those that inspire, but also those that instruct and challenge. We strive to be a camp where diversity is celebrated and supported, and where each camper and staff member is provided the resources and opportunities to succeed. Our mission of teaching empathy and respect is incomplete if it only serves those who think and look like we do. We believe that our camp can be anyone’s camp, and that our greatest strength lies therein.

Walden is an Equal Opportunity Employer that hires qualified staff regardless of their race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.