the essentials

  • Warm sleeping bag

  • Toothbrush & paste

  • Shampoo & soap

  • Flashlight

  • Shorts

  • Jeans or long pants

  • Warm jacket

  • Hat

  • Closed toe shoes

  • Swimsuit

  • Addressed & stamped envelopes

  • Pillow

  • Towel & washcloth

  • Sunscreen

  • Chapstick

  • Water bottle

  • T-shirts

  • Sweaters or sweatshirt

  • Night clothes

  • Rain jacket

  • Sandals/water shoes

  • Extra pair of shoes




Playing cards

Disposable camera with

name on it

Sheets and blankets

Costume items for skit

Tips on packing

  • Cell phones

  • Alcohol

  • Drugs

  • Tobacco

  • Pocket knives



  • Candy or Food

  • Fireworks

  • Animals

  • Matches

  • Lighters

  • Expensive make-up or clothing

  • Personal sports equipment

  • Weapons of any kind

  • Electronics including: iPods, mp3 players, radios, e-readers, or video recorders

  • Campers should be able to carry their own luggage from the vehicle to their cabins. Avoid overpacking!

  • Please label all belongings with your camper's name, including bedding.

  • Since campers spend the majority of their time outside, please send clothing that is not expensive or new.

  • All items on the clothing list are important at camp, especially the rain gear, warm jacket, or sweatshirt.

​A Note about mail

If you'd like your camper to receive a letter during camp, we highly recommend dropping ​it off with us during check-in. Please do not send or bring large packages, only letters. Mail will be delivered to campers each day at lunchtime. Sending mail through USPS may take up to 7 days to reach camp. 

Camp Tamarack operates under a special use permit with Deschutes National Forest, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.

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