Unitarian Universalist Family Camp
in SW Michigan

What to Bring to Camp

  • Days are hot in July and nights may get cool in the woods when the sun goes down. Bugs are also a reality here, so despite the heat in the middle of the day, long pants may actually be preferable to shorts. Make sure you bring an extra pair or two for the children who may get pretty dirty during the day.
  • In case it does get cool in the evening, a sweatshirt or fleece pullover may be a good idea. Sneakers or hiking shoes are encouraged for children as they will be outdoors and actively engaged. Comfortable walking shoes are advisable for youth and adults as well. The ground is uneven and there are plenty of things to step on.  A pair of Crocs or flip-flops is advisable for use in the showers.
  • There is a lake on the grounds available for swimming, wading and (non-motor) boating. You’ll want to bring a swimsuit and some water shoes or Crocs for going in the water. 
  • It is difficult to control the air-conditioning in West Shore Lodge, and the upper level is considerably warmer than the lower level. It may be plenty hot and humid at night so plan on lightweight pajamas or simply shorts and a T-shirt to sleep in. A fan might be helpful to keep air flow in the upstairs rooms.
  • Don’t forget rain gear! Weather in the Midwest is extremely unpredictable in July.  Rain ponchos or jackets are highly encouraged.
  • We will be outdoors during the day -- which means if it’s not raining – it will be hot and humid. Bring a hat to protect all of the vulnerable heads in your family and possibly sunglasses. Bandanas work well, too. Bandanas are also great to help you cool off when drenched with cold water and placed around your neck.
  • If you or any family member takes prescription medication, be sure to bring plenty of it along with you. There is a nearby pharmacy in Sturgis, but it is at least a 15 minute drive from where our camp is located. You won’t want to miss out on all the great activities we’ve planned while you are taking a side trip to fill medication needs.
  • Pack plenty of personal toiletry items – toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, shaving supplies plus shampoo, conditioner and soap for the showers. Be sure to bring hand towels, bath towels and a beach towel as well as they are not supplied by Amigo Centre. You might also find baby wipes (just please don’t flush them) or hand sanitizer a great way for clean up on the go.
  • Mattresses are supplied, but families staying in West Shore Lodge will need to bring a set of sheets, pillows and pillow cases (or a sleeping bag) for every bed we intend to occupy. Most beds are twin size, and a few are queen-size. In some rooms, twin beds can be combined to create a larger size bed and in others, there is extra room where a camp bed or Pack-and-Play can be set-up for kids. 
  • Sunscreen and bug spray are a must. Natural remedies are preferable, but be sure to protect yourself from the sun which can easily burn skin of all shades and the bugs will be out in full force, especially in the evening and at night. Mosquitoes as well as Deer Ticks are common in this part of Michigan, so make sure you plan to protect and check.
  • flashlightsAnother necessity is flashlights. It gets really, really, really dark at night out in the woods. Equip each member of your family with a flashlight and make sure you have extra batteries. This is especially important for adults and youth who want to participate in the night hike or travel to and from the nightly bonfires.
  • Don’t forget those things which will help you share and preserve the memories you will be making at camp. Cameras, memory cards and batteries are essential and you might want to bring a journal or sketchbook to capture memories as well. 

            

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