Clothing & Equipment
Guide to Clothing & Equipment At Camp
High Rocks does not specify a camp uniform. We recommend plain, durable clothes that are washable rather than those which dry cleaning. Please do not send expensive clothes, or new, unwashed clothes. We try our best, but camp life is not easy on designer clothing! Laundry is a weekly service which we provide at no additional charge to campers. If an item of clothing should not go into a dryer, it is the camper’s responsibility not to send it to the laundry.
It is important that all items of clothing and equipment be plainly and indelibly marked with the camper’s name. Sharpies work well, as do high-quality clothing labels. Be sure to write down your son’s full name and not just his initials, if possible. Please label everything you would like to see return home, including shoes, towels, sleeping bags, equipment, etc.
Cool Nights Call For A Blanket
Be aware that this area of North Carolina is often cool, even in the summer, and especially in June. Our days are usually mild, with nights requiring two or three blankets. Some boys, especially the younger ones, have occurrences of enuresis (bed-wetting) at camp. The change in climate can be one attributing factor. If your son has a known or anticipated pattern of enuresis, we would appreciate if you could let us know in advance. We request that he bring a protective sheet, and also suggest that he bring at least two extra bed sheets. Check out our Camp Store which has High Rocks Sweatshirt Blankets for sale!
Sleeping Bag, Raincoats, and Backpacks
Personal camping gear should include a lightweight sleeping bag with a stuff sack and a raincoat. The sleeping bag should have synthetic fiber fill like Polarguard or Quallofill. Down-filled or cotton-filled sleeping bags are not recommended.
A coated nylon, Gore–Tex, or waterproof poncho or raincoat is necessary at camp. Thin plastic ponchos or raincoats often do not survive even the first rainstorm. There is little backpacking in the two-week session, so don’t worry too much about high tech gear for that session. Basic backpacks are available at camp for all sessions at no additional cost.
Please Do Not Bring
Camp High Rocks is a safe environment for campers to be themselves and enjoy the outdoors. We find that certain items can detract from this environment. Campers do not need and should not bring a knife or axe to camp. Campers should not bring any food, candy, lighters, matches, knives, water guns, balloons, aerosol or spray cans, trading cards, or electronic items of any sort. We also ask the campers not bring any type of hammock including Enos to camp.
High Rocks is UNPLUGGED! Camp offers an opportunity for campers to experience day to day living free of the distraction of electronics. Campers should NOT bring any electronics such as iPods, MP3 players, electronic readers, laptops, electronic games, televisions, cameras, video players, video recorders, cell phones, smart phones or any other wireless devices. Camp will provide opportunities for listening to music during the day at appropriate times with camp equipment.
There are several excellent sources for equipment. Some of our personal preferences include, but certainly are not limited to:
- Diamond Brand– www.diamondbrand.com (800) 459-6262
- Patagonia– www.patagonia.com (800) 638-6464
- L.L Bean Co.– www.llbean.com (800) 221-4221
- Campmor– www.campmor.com (800) 526-4784
- Recreational Equipment Inc.– www.rei.com (800) 426-4840
Diamond Brand, in particular, handles several reliable lines of equipment and is located near High Rocks. Our families can receive a discount on gear for camp as well. Let us know if we can be of further help in planning your equipment or clothing needs. An additional checklist is available below for printing (or in your parent pack) in order to attach it to the inside top of your camper’s footlocker to help him remember what he has packed. We also find it helpful for parents of younger campers to review where these items are located in the trunk once it is packed.
For shipment of clothes and bedding, we recommend a footlocker and duffel bag. Both can be checked on plane tickets, however, we recommend shipping by UPS or Federal Express. Please keep the trunk/footlocker size to no larger than 14 inches high and 36 inches wide. The company listed below makes high-quality trunks that will last for many summers.
C & N Footlocker www.everythingsummercamp.com (800) 535-2057 Be sure to use the High Rocks Code: trail293HR to apply your discount.
There are many less expensive versions, including plastic-style trunks now on the market that will work for one or two summers.
Shipping To Camp: Baggage should be tagged with the camper’s name to the High Rocks address (c/o Camp High Rocks, 1234 High Rocks Road, Brevard, NC 28712). The United Parcel Service delivers to camp. We are more than happy to receive your son’s trunk early by UPS and have it in his cabin when he arrives.
Shipping From Camp: If you plan on having your son’s trunk shipped home, please contact the UPS store in Brevard for details and payment. You will have the opportunity on opening day to let us know if you decide to ship a trunk and/or duffel home. We will deliver your trunk and/or duffel to the UPS Store in Brevard on closing day for shipment.
The UPS Store | Brevard
102 College Station Dr. Ste 3, Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: (828) 883-4701
Fax: (828) 883-4801
*Please note that UPS does not cover damages to a trunk/duffel unless it is in a separate container; only the “contents” of what is being shipped will be insured.
Looking for a Camp Packing List?
Check out our Camp High Rocks Packing List Page!