Packing List

Spring temperatures can vary from 35F at night to 70F during the day. It can rain, snow, or be pleasantly warm – sometimes all in the same day! Fall temperatures can fluctuate just as much.


A Message From Carmen, Outdoor Ed Student

Updated 5/8/23

Click here for a printable version of the Packing List

The Foley Environmental Center cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of personal equipment including, but not limited to: cameras, musical instruments, or clothing items or for any injuries or damage resulting from the use or misuse of such personal equipment.

This list is based on our Five-Day program.  Adjust quantities as needed for the Three-Day program.


  • WARM sleeping bag and/or extra blankets
  • Fitted sheet to cover mattress
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (no aerosol cans)
  • Warm pajamas or an extra pair of sweat pants
  • 3 pairs of long pants (that rolls up past knees, sweatpants are good)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 4 shirts
  • 2 sweatshirts or fleeces
  • 6 pairs of socks (tall socks are best for tick prevention)
  • 1 pair of underwear per day
  • 2 pairs of old shoes that can get wet & muddy (athletic shoes with heels/toes are best)
  • Raincoat or Rainsuit (classes continue in the rain!)
  • Winter jacket, hat and mittens or gloves
  • Hat for the sun
  • Bandana (for Climbing)
  • Water bottle
  • Day pack or book bag
  • 4 pencils or pens

Optional, but Suggested

  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect/Tick Repellent (with DEET is best)
  • Chapstick
  • Camera (this is the only exception to the ‘no electronics’ rule)
  • Bathing Suit
  • Rubber Boots 
  • Money (for the Camp Store; t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, water bottles, etc)

Leave At Home

These items will be collected by a teacher if brought to the Enviro Center.

  • Firearms, knives, fireworks, or any other type of weapons
  • Caged and non-caged animals
  • Blow dryers/curling irons/hair straighteners
  • Tablets & e-readers (iPad, Kindle, etc.), laptops, cellphones, and electronic handheld games (PSP, Gameboy, etc.)
  • iPods, MP3 players, CD players, portable TVs
  • Gum, candy, food, pop, and bottled water
  • Fishing rods or personal sporting equipment

Packing List Explanations

After years of careful consideration, we have found that the mandatory items above are needed for the comfort and success of the program. Below are some additional hints and information as to why we require some of those items.

  • There is little time for fishing or other sporting type activities, so please do not bring those items with you.
  • Students will need a backpack or book bag to carry the following items around with them throughout the day: Raincoats, water bottles, pencils or pens, additional layers of clothing and other personal items (cameras, sunscreen, etc.).
  • Students may wear shorts during recreation time and at some of their classes.
  • Students need a water bottle with a leak proof lid for drinking water in the cabin and at their academic classes.
  • Another environmental thought is to bring a shampoo and conditioner combination to conserve water while showering.
  • Students must have sturdy athletic shoes. These are required for all classes and activities. Flip-flops, sandals, or slip-on shoes that do not protect the feet are not allowed.
  • Sweatpants are great for the muck walk and for canoeing on a cool day – the pant legs can easily be pulled up over the knees.
  • Swimsuits may be used if the lake water is warm enough for wading or swimming. They are not recommended for showering. All showers have shower curtains.
  • Be sure to have the necessary items to stay warm (we have said this before, but can not stress it enough)!!  Winter coats, hats, mittens, etc. are suggested as the evenings are always cool to cold.
  • Slumber party-type sleeping bags are NOT warm enough for comfortable sleep at the Enviro Center. Sleeping bags with a rating of 15F to 20F are highly recommended.
  • flashlight for Evening Adventures and to use in and around the cabin at night is a good idea.
  • Remind students that they carry or wheel everything they bring to their cabins.
  • In rainy weather, participants have appreciated rain pants and rubber boots.
  • The camp store will be open to purchase a variety of Camp Foley clothing items, water bottles and other items. Most items fall in to the $5-$40 range. Cash, check and Visa or Mastercard are accepted.