Some of the best memories of growing up come from summers spent under the trees, sleeping under the stars, staying up late telling stories, cheering and singing with people who become lifelong friends. Whether your child is six years old or sixteen, camp is the best part about summer. It offers kids the opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, and experience being away from home for the first time. We have put together a list of the important items that every kid needs for camp, all of which you can get right here at Outdoor Sports Center. We carry everything from bug repellent clothes to sturdy backpacks to sunscreen, and we only carry the highest quality items and employ the most knowledgeable experts. Whether your kids are going to day camp here in Fairfield County, sleepaway camp in the Berkshires, or a wilderness school across the country, Outdoor Sports Center is your one-stop-shop for all things camp!
- Swim Goggles
- Toiletry Bag and Travel Bottles
- Water Bottle
We love Camelbak's wide selection of water bottles, in all styles and colors.
- Bug Spray
The brand PackTowl makes ultra-absorbant towels in all sizes that are quick drying, making them resistant to mildew. The large and extra large sizes are big enough to use as full bath towels.
- Hand Sanitizer
It's important to have a strong light for navigating in the dark, telling ghost stories in the cabin, and everything in between. The Black Diamond Cosmo headlamp is an excellent option for hands-free light, and the Orbit is a flashlight/lantern combo.
We carry many different styles of packs from many different brands. Whether your child needs a large backpacking pack, a day hiking pack, a hydration pack or anything in between, we have got you covered, and with a variety of options!
Patagonia's Black Hole Duffel and The North Face's Base Camp Duffel are both super sturdy and come in a variety of sizes to hold everything you need
- Rain Coat
- Sleeping Bag
The Wasatch 45 from North Face is affordable and perfect for making that camp bunk more comfortable. It's made for summer so it won't be too hot on those humid nights, but it still works to keep you cozy and warm when the temperature falls.
- Outer Layers
The Mossbed Softshell Hoodie from The North Face is a water-resistant windbreaker with a light fleece liner, making it a perfect summer jacket for all conditions.
- Pants and Shorts
- Long and Short Sleeve Shirts
- Wool Socks
We recommend wool socks for all outdoor activities, as they wick away moisture and do not attract bacteria or become smelly as quickly as other materials do. We carry socks from Smartwool and Fit that come in a wide range of thicknesses, including lightweight summer socks.
- Bathing Suits
- Lip Balm
- Hiking Boots
- Rain Boots
Kids need sandals for summer camp just as much as they need hiking boots and sneakers. It is important to get sandals that offer some stability since your kids will likely be walking over rocky paths, and we carry sandals from Chaco and Keen (and Teva and Birkenstocks for the bigger kids) that strap in the whole foot.
If your child is attending a wilderness camp that involves backpacking and sleeping outside rather that in a cabin, here are a few additional items you would want to add to the above list:
- Camping Bowl
- Camping Utensils
- Large Trekking Backpack
Osprey Ace Series packs are made specifically for young trekkers and are excellent packs.
- Sleeping Pad
- Protective Insect Netting
Don't forget to send your kids off with some stationery so that they can write you letters, and a journal to write about all their exciting experiences!