We encourage all parents to download our Highlands Handbook. Nearly every question you might have concerning travel, packing, location, medication, packages policies and more can be found in the handbook. Of course, please contact us if you ever have questions. We love to “talk camp”! 

2024 Parent’s Handbook PDF


There is no uniform at Camp Highlands. It is a good place to wear out old clothes. The laundry is sent out once a week and returned within 48 hours. Each camper’s laundry is washed individually. The laundry prefers a 24 x 36, well-labeled, cloth or nylon (not mesh), clearly labeled laundry bag with a drawstring.

Please be sure that each clothing item is clearly labeled. A sewn name label works best, but we’ve found that vinyl labels also work really well.


The boys keep their clothing in footlockers or trunks. We like the Happy Camper Trunk from Everything Summer camp. Use the code: play741hi at checkout for a discount.

Sterilite and Rubbermaid also make lightweight and inexpensive trunks that we love.

No matter what trunk you choose, if you’re shipping it, make sure you send it in a box. We keep them at camp and pack them back up for the trip home.

Remember, if your child is flying to camp and we are picking him up at the airport, you must ship his trunk using Ship Camps.


Bedding is usually brought to camp in a duffel bag. Walmart carries a nice large, inexpensive one. Boys put sheets and blankets on the bed and use a sleeping bag on chilly nights. A sleeping bag is also used for camping trips and we strongly recommend one that is lightweight (3 lbs. or less) and packs down. We provide international campers with bedding. 


Remember, if your child has prescription medication, we have new protocols in 2022. Please refer to the handbook for details, and be sure to download the medication form here.

Packing List


  • 1 twin mattress pad
  • 2 twin fitted sheets
  • 2 twin flat sheets
  • 2 pillowcases
  • 1-2 warm blankets
  • 1 sleeping bag (it’s worth investing in one that stuffs down small and is lightweight (3 lbs. maximum) and that will fit them when they’re 6’2 and 170 lbs! Trust us, it happens quickly!)
  • 1 pillow
  • 2 large, clearly labeled laundry bags (not mesh)
  • 3 towels


  • 1 rain jacket 
  • 1 rain pants (optional)
  • 1 warm jacket
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1 synthetic fleece sweatshirt
  • 2 pair of athletic shoes
  • 1 pair of water shoes (Tevas, Crocs)
  • 2 pair pajamas (1 warm)
  • 8 underpants
  • 6 t-shirts
  • 8 pair socks (2 synthetic or wool–i.e. quick-dry, for hiking, not all-cotton)
  • 1 pair long socks (capture the flag!)
  • 3 long pants
  • 5–7 shorts (1 quick-dry)
  • 1 pair khaki shorts for the camp photo
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 1 sweatshirt (or buy one from the camp store!)

Other equipment

  • water bottle
  • flashlight
  • extra batteries
  • extra glasses
  • sunglasses
  • disposable camera
  • biodegradable shampoo/soap (Dr. Bronners is great)
  • shower caddy
  • stationery & stamps
  • books to read
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • sketchbook
  • tennis racket (optional)
  • baseball glove (optional)
  • can of tennis balls (optional)
  • fishing gear (optional)

Hiking trip gear

If boys are 12 or older, and will be going on a hiking trip, it’s a good idea to send them with shoes appropriate to hike in. Remember, it’s best if boys have had a chance to break them in first.

General Camper Packing List PDF

Rangers and Seniors Going on Week-Long Trips

Rangers/Seniors Packing List PDF