Summer Camp Packing List

Packing Notes for ALL Camps

The following two lists of what TO bring and what NOT to bring apply to all summer camp programs. *Please label all of your camper’s belongings before coming to camp!*

What TO Bring to Camp

  • Sleeping Bag or Twin-sized Bedding
  • Pillow
  • Pajamas (boys and girls)
  • Clothes that can get dirty/wet
  • T-shirts, shorts, underwear, socks
  • Sweatshirt(s), jacket, raincoat/poncho
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • Tennis shoes
  • Extra shoes that can get dirty/wet
  • Shower Shoes (flip flops)
  • Swimsuits
  • Bath & Pool Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Water Bottle
  • Laundry Bag
  • Wrist watch (not a smart watch)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen, Chapstick, Bug repellent
  • Notepad & Pen or Pencil
  • Bible (if you have one)
  • Flashlight

Elective Activities: 

Overnight campers need to bring proper attire for the following elective activities: 

  • HORSES: Boots with a heel and long pants 
  • PAINTBALL: Closed-toe shoes (not crocs) and long pants 
  • ZIPLINE: Closed-toe shoes (not crocs) 

What NOT to Bring

Campers should NOT bring any of the following items to camp. If a camper brings anything listed below the item will be confiscated and either sent home or held until the end of the session. Additionally, campers found in possession of weapons, drugs, tobacco products, alcohol or drug paraphernalia (including vape pens and Zyn pouches) will immediately be dismissed from camp and the item(s) will not be returned.

  • cash
  • cell phones/smart watches
  • electronic games
  • food
  • pets
  • fireworks
  • computers
  • DVD players
  • water guns
  • lighters
  • matches
  • Valuable items – they may get lost or broken 
  • Specialized sports equipment such as archery equipment, hockey sticks, and climbing gear.
  • Recreational transportation items such as skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or one-wheels.

Bringing Your Own Food

In order to prevent pests we do not allow campers to bring their own food. However, if your child has certain food allergies or conditions that would prohibit them from eating our meals, please call our office at 443-712-1010 to discuss your options with our Food Service Director.

Additional Items for SPECIFIC Camps

Day Camp:

Water bottle, closed-toe shoes (to leave in cubby), swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and change of clothes

Adventure Camp:

Hiking shoes/boots, flashlight/headlamp, sleeping bag (required), bug repellent with DEET, and an inexpensive backpack for carrying personal items to bathroom/camp, etc.

Fort Roller Camps:

**Optional but encouraged** – Fort Roller Campers will be doing an activity called the House Cup. Each team has a different color and we'd love for your camper to bring clothing that has the colors for their team! The colors/teams for each camp are:

  • Classic Camp Boys* = red team OR orange team
  • Classic Camp Girls* = gold/yellow team OR purple team
  • Adventure Camp Boys = blue team
  • Adventure Camp Girls = green team
  • Cadets = tie dye team

*NOTE: Some camps will be split between two teams, which we will create once they arrive at camp. If that is your camp, we recommend coming prepared with both color options.

Frontier Town Camps

**Optional but encouraged** – Throughout the week, Frontier Town campers will participate in various Tribe Challenges in which they can earn points for their Tribe. In every Tribe Challenge, campers can wear their Tribe color. We'd love for your camper to bring clothing that has the colors for their team! The colors and tribes are: 

  • Endurance = Orange 
  • Valor = Red 
  • Noble = Blue 
  • Wisdom = Purple 

*NOTE: Campers will be assigned to their Tribe once they meet their small group and counselor. We encourage campers to bring an item of clothing (hat, socks, shirt, etc.) of each color to be prepared for which Tribe they are on. 

Camper Dress Code

Everyone is trying to figure out who they are, how to relate to others, and how they are “supposed” to look. At RVR, we feel passionately about creating an environment where we can step away from these pressures and focus on building community, personal growth, and a whole lot of fun. We believe our dress code helps create this environment.

We ask that all campers, volunteers, and staff dress modestly while at camp (boys & girls). Please see the guidelines below for specifics:

Shirts must...

  • Cover the back: no cutout backs or shirts that tie in back
  • Cover the midriff: no crop-tops
  • Cover the chest: no deep cut tank tops
  • Cover undergarments: no see-through shirts
  • Modest straps: no tube-tops, halter-tops, or spaghetti strap


  • Modest length: covers mid-thigh
  • Cover undergarments


  • Girls should wear a modest swimsuit:
    • one-piece or tankini: no exposed midriff, cutouts, deep cuts, or high-cut hip
  • Boys should wear a modest swimsuit:
    • no speedos or jammers

In instances where the appropriateness of certain clothing is in question, we reserve the right to ask campers to change their attire. We expect parents to help us by making sure campers pack appropriately. Clothing should not display any offensive language/message or drug/ alcohol related graphics.