It’s never too early to start thinking about preparing for camp!
You can access our suggested packing list by visiting the Maine Camp Outfitters website. They are the official outfitter of Camp Agawam and can fill all of your uniform needs. They also sell other items that may be useful to campers. Many items, aside from the uniform, may come from your own wardrobe.
After packing, please attach a complete inventory of your boy’s equipment and clothing to the inside of his trunk cover. A trunk list for this purpose will be sent out with our May mailing to parents. You can get a printer-friendly PDF of the Agawam Packing Inventory as well.
The Camp Uniform
Camp Agawam is a uniform camp. A complete set of the required camper uniform includes
- 8 Agawam camper t-shirts
- 4-6 pair of Agawam camper shorts (at least two must be gray twill)
- 2 Agawam camper sweatshirts
Official, But Optional
The following items can be worn as part of the Camp uniform, but are not required:
- Maroon shorts
- Agawam sweatpants
- Agawam hat
- Agawam fleece pullover
Our official Camp outfitter is Maine Camp Outfitters (MCO) of Sunset, ME. All items mentioned above can be purchased through them. MCO sells many products, but the only mandatory items are those listed above. You can find the required Camp uniform items on the “Required Items” link on their website (http://www.mainecamp.com/).
Other items may have the Agawam name and/or logo, but they are not required (labeled “Official” in the MCOpublications). Nametapes can be ordered through MCO or other sources. If Maine Camp Outfitters receives your order before May 1st, you can request them to attach nametapes to items purchased from their catalog, free of charge (if you also purchase the name tapes through MCO).
We have a limited number of camper uniforms available for rent. Rental requests received later than the due date (April 1st) are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, until our stock is exhausted. If you wish to rent uniforms, please complete and return the Uniform Rental Request form no later than April 1st. If you are renting uniforms, please send us 20 nametapes by April 1st and we will put nametapes in your son’s uniforms. Rental uniforms include:
- 8 Agawam camper t-shirts
- 2 pair of Agawam camper shorts (gray twill shorts)
- 4 maroon shorts
- 2 Agawam camper sweatshirts
Other Required and Recommended Clothing
The following items are also required, though they may come from your son’s regular wardrobe:
- Waterproof, hooded raincoat
- Blue jeans
- 1-2 sets of informal clothing (for dances, day out, traveling home, etc.)
For boys 12 and older:
- Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes (please break-in new boots/shoes ahead of arrival)
For boys 13 and older who want to participate in more challenging trips:
- Wool or polypropylene socks
- Polypropylene (or other non-cotton synthetic material) long-sleeved undershirt
- Polypropylene (or other non-cotton synthetic material) long underwear
- Wool or fleece winter hat
- Frame pack (recommended)
- “Camelback” or comparable hydration bladder (recommended)
- Nylon wind pants (recommended)
- Dry bag for canoe trips (recommended)
Equipment and Personal Items
Please include an inventory of your son’s equipment on the Camper Packing List. Please see Sample Packing List. The list that follows can help you and your son in packing gear for Camp. Items that are optional are so marked:
- Personal trunk/footlocker
- Sheets (2 cot sets or 4 flat)
- Honor Band (new campers will receive Honor Bands at Camp)
- Prescription medications
Please mail prescription medications to Camp in quantities sufficient to last through the summer before your son’s arrival. If you are bringing your son to Camp by personal car and you do not mail prescription medications, parents or guardians may hand deliver medications to the Camp Nurse. Medications will be stored and administered by our health care staff, except for self-administered emergency medications as specified by Maine state law. Please refer to the Self-Administered Emergency Medication form.
- Acoustic guitar or other non-electric instruments (optional)
- Pre-addressed envelopes with postage (optional — these are especially helpful for younger boys or boys whose parents will not be at their home address this summer)
- Personal sports equipment (optional)
Personal equipment brought to Camp must be used and stored under the same guidelines as Camp-owned equipment. Personal equipment includes, but is not limited to, tennis racket, baseball glove, soccer shin guards, lacrosse stick, fishing pole. Camp has equipment to borrow, but if your son anticipates lots of participation in a particular area, we suggest bringing carefully marked items from home.
- Appropriate reading material (there is a paperback Book Fair early in the summer where boys can purchase good quality summer reading)
- Daypack (optional — daypacks are used for day hikes and other possible out-of-Camp excursions)
- Sleeping bag (optional — most boys prefer to bring their own sleeping bag for use on overnight trips. Sleeping bags may not be used in place of linens for cabin cots.)
Equipment and Personal Items that Should Not Be Brought to Camp
We request that you do not send the following items to Camp as they do not support the Agawam philosophy and detract from our Camp environment:
- Candy, food or gum (Please share this information with friends and relatives who might consider sending such items in the mail to your son at Agawam)
- Skateboards, rollerblades and bicycles or vehicles
- Aerosol spray cans (deodorant, insect repellent, etc.)
- Pets or other animals
- Electronic equipment (Agawam places great emphasis on a boys’ ability to interact directly with fellow campers and staff. Electronic games, computers, iPods, cell phones, etc. should be left at home.)
- Wristwatches (Agawam’s schedule uses bugle calls and bells, so watches are not necessary)
- Knives (Agawam provides knives for outdoor living skills and for other crafts and boys are taught the proper safety techniques for care, use and storage of such items)
- Weapons or fireworks (Agawam has a strict policy forbidding the possession and use of weapons and fireworks. Boys who participate in Riflery and Archery are taught the proper safety techniques for care, use, and storage of such items.)
- Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and illicit or controlled drugs (Agawam has a strict policy forbidding the use or possession of such products. These items may not be brought to Camp nor may they be acquired during a boy’s stay at Agawam. Items that are not permitted at Camp will be confiscated and when appropriate mailed home. The fee for mailing will be charged to your son’s personal account.)
In general, please avoid over-packing. The guidelines outlined here and on the Camper Packing List are meant to help you and your son in preparing and packing for Camp.
Labeling Clothing, Equipment and Personal Items
Please label all of your son’s gear. Our experience suggests that it is best to sew nametapes into articles of clothing. Please use a permanent marker to label equipment and other items. Laundry bags should be labeled in the center of the bag so that they can be easily spotted when laundry is returned. Please write your son’s first and last name. Remember to label cases for items such as contact lenses, glasses, retainers, cameras, tennis rackets, lacrosse sticks, baseball gloves, fishing poles, beach towels, swim trunks, raincoats, books, sneakers and socks!
If you are planning to have your son travel to camp by any means other than private car, please arrange to send his trunk and other large luggage ahead. There is no room for trunks and duffel bags, or bulky baggage, on the chartered bus.
All baggage should be sent at least 10 days before your son arrives. Properly marked items are sorted and waiting in your son’s cabin when he arrives. Please be sure to include both first and last names on tags.
Baggage should be sent via United Parcel Service (UPS), if it meets the following requirements:
- Maximum weight per package: 150 lbs.
- Maximum size per package: 130 inches in length and girth (combined).
When using UPS, ensure:
- Item is locked — send extra keys and combinations to Agawam office.
- Label must be taped down with clear tape.
54 Agawam Road
Raymond, ME 04071
Put two tags on each piece of baggage. In the case of brothers, please put each boy’s name on the proper trunk and duffel bag so that the baggage can be sorted correctly upon arrival at camp.
Agawam has had success using The UPS Store for shipping trunks at the end of the season.