What to Bring?
Please use this information as a guide as what to pack for your child attending Camp Nicolet. All items are optional unless otherwise noted, and must be labeled clearly with your camper’s first and last name. Camp Nicolet is not responsible for lost or damaged items. All items should be brought to camp in soft-sided duffels. We do not have the ability to store hard-sided suitcases or camp trunks.
Our camp uniform consists of a Camp Nicolet polo (in maize) from Lands’ End, khaki/tan shorts or pants, and white shoes. Campers joining us for more than one week are required to purchase these items, as they are worn for photo day, a weekly Vespers ceremony, and trips into town. One-week campers are not required to purchase the polo shirt from Land’s End, as we will provide a Camp Nicolet t-shirt for photo day.
Please send a variety of camp-appropriate shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, jeans, sweatpants, bras, underwear, and socks that will get your camper through a weeklong stay. Laundry is sent to town each Wednesday morning and returns to camp on Thursday morning. Your camper will also want to have an assortment of colorful clothing, tutus, and costumes for special days. If you do not have these items, no worries. There is a lot of sharing at camp.
Weather at camp can be cold and rainy at times. Please send a rain jacket/poncho, a heavyweight jacket, and/or a fleece jacket. We also recommend sending a pair of rain boots.
Please send at least two swimsuits with your camper. These can be of any color (EXCEPT RED) and style but must be comfortable and provide enough coverage to wear during activities such as waterskiing. Also useful: two beach towels, water shoes, sunscreen, nose clips, ear plugs, swim goggles, and UV protection shirts. We have wetsuits available for camper use, but you may send one if you choose.
If your camper is participating in a Northpoint Adventures trip, please visit www.npadventures.org to obtain a complete packing list for your camper’s specific trip. If your camper is not participating in a Northpoint Adventures trip, she should still bring the following: a sleeping bag with stuff sack, a backpack/daypack, a flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, at least one 32-ounce water bottle, and insect repellent.
Please send the following with your camper: a mattress pad (not egg crate-style), a set of twin or twin XL sheets (two if you are not sending a sleeping bag), one pillow, at least two blankets of varied weights to accommodate multiple temperatures, two bath towels, two washcloths, and a laundry bag. The laundry bag will be used every Wednesday to send dirty items out and must be labeled with your camper’s first and last name. Linens are provided for all international campers (except the laundry bag).
We recommend sending a bathrobe, as well as a bathroom organizer caddy so that your camper can easily transport shower items to our community shower house. In addition, don’t forget shampoo and conditioner, body wash/soap, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush, deodorant, and sanitary supplies.
If your camper is participating in horseback riding while at camp, we require that you send an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet, riding boots or smooth-soled shoes with a defined heel, and riding jodhpurs or jeans. Shorts, leggings, flip-flops, and sandals are not allowed in the riding area. We do have a limited supply of helmets and boots for use by our one-week and international campers.
All other sports equipment, including tennis racquets and balls, soccer uniforms, softball gloves, and bike helmets, are provided by Camp Nicolet. However, if your camper prefers to use their own personal items, they may choose to bring them. Personal items will be stored in their cabin and will be the responsibility of the camper.
There are a couple of other items that will help ensure your camper has an enjoyable summer. Those items include a Crazy Creek-style camp chair, musical instruments, stationery and stamps, pre-addressed envelopes and/or address book, a camera, books or other non-electronic games, sunglasses, and a watch.
Do Not Send
Electronics of any kind, hair dryers/straighteners/curlers, expensive jewelry or clothing, pets, food or beverages, drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, fireworks or other flammables, and weapons of any kind.