What to Pack for Summer Camp

Sleeping bag? Check. Flashlight? Check. Bug repellent? Check. Over the next couple of months, parents will be poring over summer-camp packing lists and loading kids up for sleepaway camp. “I think kids need overnight camp—and parents need kids to go to overnight camp—more than ever,” says Jess Colgan-Snyder, assistant director of Camp Hawkeye in New Hampshire, where campers ages 7 to 15 most typically spend four weeks each summer. “Camp provides a safe environment where parents can let their kids be independent and try things outside of their comfort zone.”

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