It's almost here, Summer 2019!
As the countdown to Camp Swift winds down to the single digit number of days that remain until camp, we are winding up our efforts to prepare for the best. summer. E.V.E.R.!
One way you can ensure you have an excellent experience at Camp Swift is to take an extra minute or two to double check your suitcase or duffel bag!
To help you prep for you week at camp, we've prepared the TOP 10 ITEMS YOU'LL PROBABLY FORGET as reported by our seasoned Support Staff. Enjoy!
Top 10 ITEMS YOU'LL pROBABLY FORGET...
It's all fun and games until your campers decide that
"Paint the Counselor" is the best way to spend that first block of Cabin Time...AM I RIGHT!? Don't get caught covered in paint and realize you forgot all of the essentials!? A mini checklist of the must haves:
9. Warm Clothes
Although we are experiencing current highs in the 110's, get ready for Prescott's nighttime lows in the 60's! Talk about chilly for most Phoenicians-BRR! Don't freeze during the overnight! Pack a comfortable pair of jeans and a great hoodie to stay warm around the campfire!
8. Appropriate Clothing
There is nobody to dress to impress at Camp Swift ;) instead think of how you are dressing to set the best example for your campers who are learning from your every move.
7. Sleeping Bag AND Pillow
As any seasoned counselor or Support Staff can tell you, your sleep is sacre saint! Make the most of your down time by remembering to bring the sleeping bag and pillow!
Each bunk has a mattress but not much else, so pack the essentials for a good night's sleep!
6. Flashlight AND/OR Headlamp
As exciting as a glow stick lit trip to the bathroom with your campers at 2am sounds... it's not really all that great! Pack a trusty flashlight and even better a headlamp for those nighttime jaunts to the john!
PRO TIP: Before packing your flashlight/headlamp, remove batteries and invert them. This will insure that you will not accidentally lose your battery power during travel! (Just remember to flip them back the right way before you head to dinner on the first night)
5. The Grilled Cheese Day Essentials
These timeless outfits happen out of careful planning and diligent execution! Don't want to get caught rifling through the last of the Keppies to find that perfect orange shirt to show your affinity for #TeamGrilledCheese?? Plan ahead and pack all that you'll need for a picture perfect Grilled Cheese Day!
4. Cabin Decorations
Get your cabin looking Pinterest perfect by deciding on how you'll decorate to welcome your campers! Half the fun of hanging out in your cabin is making it feel a little like home! Check out our College Theme Pinterest Board for some great ideas to get your brainstorming underway!
3. A wrist watch
Don't forget Camp Swift is a "phone free campus", meaning that we do not permit teen counselors or adult volunteers to use their phones until after campers have gone to sleep for the day. Since most of us use our phones to keep time, don't forget a wrist watch to keep you and your cabin from missing a minute of our positive programming!
2. Reusable Water Bottle
Brace yourself, the HydroFlasks are coming! Whether you are a part of the HydroFlask movement or you are just on-board with helping out Mother Nature, we HIGHLY recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle. There are multiple fill stations throughout camp and H20 is always available at all meals. Take advantage of these opportunities to hydrate and set a great example for your campers! Swift stickers will be provided to make sure your hydration is on point. ;)
1. Swimsuits AND Towels
With Lake time and multiple Pool visits, you will get your fair share of time in/on the water while you're at Camp Swift. Don't forget to pack a swim suit (or two) and Lake/Pool towel IN ADDITION to your shower towel. Don't get caught sopping wet after an adventure, pack a towel! Of all forgotten items, this was the #1 thing that most Support Staff reported forgetting to pack!
Also remember you will be in/on the water alongside your campers playing Marco Polo, canoeing the lake, and maybe even teaching a camper how to swim for the first time. Appropriate swimwear is crucial for your enjoyment at camp. If you wouldn't wear it to your grandma's house, don't wear it at Camp :)
Have an item that you always forget to pack or can't live without at Camp Swift! Comment below and we'll add it to the list!
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