Packing List & Camper Info

Packing List

We recommend that you label all clothing and personal items.

Printable packing list.

Clothing
Modesty Statement
At Susque we strive to convey a mindset of Christian modesty. To help accomplish this, we ask that clothing cover undergarments and private areas. Shirts should also be long enough to cover the midriff area.
T-shirts Socks & Undergarments Modest Swimwear
Boys: Loose-fitting shorts
Girls: One or two-piece that covers the midriff area
Sweatshirt Poncho or raincoat Sneakers and STURDY sandals*
Jeans Windbreaker and/or warm jacket "Dress Up" clothes for Dress-Up Nights**
Shorts Water shoes for the creek (not flip flops)*  Pajamas

*Flip flops do not count as water shoes or sturdy sandals. They are only permitted for traveling to and from the showerhouse and pool.

**Only applies to Girls Camp. A nice church dress or skirt and shirt are sufficient. Many girls also choose to dress up for that week's theme.

Personal Items
Towel & washcloth Toiletries Pen or pencil
Soap & soapbox Non-aerosol bug repellent Notebook
Toothbrush & toothpaste Sunscreen Bible
Comb/brush Personal water bottle** Stuffed animal
Flashlight with batteries Backpack for campouts*** Camera
Medications* Stamps, stationary, envelopes  

*Medications must be in their original containers, including over-the-counter. These must be turned into the Camp Nurse upon check-in, so have them easily accessible.

**A water bottle is required.

***Young Explorers do not camp out. Therefore, they do not need backpacks.

Bedding
Sleeping Bag for campouts* Sleeping pad for campouts*
Pillow Fleece insert or sheet for hot nights

*Young Explorers do not camp out. However, most campers still choose to bring a sleeping bag for their bedding.

What Not to Bring
Money* Large Knives
Playing cards Aerosol Cans**
Magazines Electronics
(Cell phones, personal music devices, tablets,
e-readers, portable game systems)
Fireworks

*The camp fee is all-inclusive. Your camper will not need money throughout the week.

**Including deoderant and hair spray.

Camper Info

Before Camp

Acceptance and Participation
Rules for acceptance and partcipation in the program are the same for everyone regardless of religion, race, color, or national origin. Camp Susque does reserve the right to dismiss any camper who, by administration's judgment, consistently or grossly violates Camp Susque's regulations in a manner detrimental to the good or safety of any persons or property.

Waitlist Policy
If you want to apply for a session that is full, please submit an application form, but do not pay. Your child will be placed on a waiting list and notified when an opening becomes available. At that time you will send in your deposit.

Cancellation Policy
All deposits are non-refundable. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the registered camp date allows for a full refund of any monies paid, minus the non-refundable deposit. After that date, all monies paid are non-refundable.

Forms

A health form is required for each camper 2 weeks before their arrival at Susque. A camper physical by a physician is not required to attend camp. However, we do recommend having your camper receive a physical within 6 months prior to their time at camp.

Additional forms may be required depending on the year and session your camper is enrolled. To access these forms, log in to your CampInTouch account.

How Parents & Guardians Can Help Make the Camp Experience Successful

  • Speak positively about the camp experience in the months and weeks before your child's session. Avoid imparting a sense of guilt or sadness with statements such as "I'll be struggling at home without you, but I know you'll have fun." Affirm for them that you are excited for, and not dreading, their special time away.
  • There are many professional resources to assist you and your camper in preparing for camp. For starters, check out the American Camp Association's "Preparing for Camp" blog post.

While at Camp

Arrival & Departure Info
See our Arriving & Departing Camp page.

Health Care Information
Susque takes stringent measures to safeguard and protect your camper from accidents or injuries. However, should one occur, our full-time Camp Nurse will assess and care for your camper in our Infirmary. Advanced medical care is on-call at all times. Health information is confidential and is treated as such to protect the privacy of your camper and your family.

For more information, visit our Health & Safety page.

Food, Lodging, & Bunk Requests

Please visit our Food & Lodging page. 

No Electronics Policy
This policy is intended to minimize distractions for all of our campers. If an unapproved electronic device is found with your camper, the device will be confiscated until the end of his or her camping session. Please help us minimize distractions for our campers by not sending electronic devices to camp.

Contact with your Camper while at Susque

Letters, emails, and packages:

Feel free to send letters and emails to your camper while they are at camp. For Young Explorers, since the time frame is short, you can drop off letters at the Office during check-in to be delivered to your camper throughout his/her four-day stay. 

Packages may also be sent to your child. Food is not allowed in these packages as it is likely to attract wildlife to your camper's tent or cabin. 

All letters, emails, and packages are delivered at lunch Monday-Friday.

Send letters and packages to the following address:

Camper's Name, Counselor's Name, Cabin/Tent Name, c/o Camp Susque, 47 Susque Camp Road, Trout Run, PA  17771

The format for writing emails is as follows:

Emails should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please place the camper's name, counselor's name, & cabin/tent name in the subject line. We do not print attachments. Campers cannot respond to emails.

Phone Calls & Visits:

For legal and practical reasons, we do not permit campers to make or receive phone calls unless in an emergency. If needed, parental concerns can be communicated through our Program Director.

Likewise, we do not permit visits to your camper while they are at camp.

Personal Sporting Equipment

Campers can bring personal sporting equipment such as fishing gear, bows and arrows, and rifles. All target sport equipment will be safely locked by camp leadership until needed.

Campers Staying Multiple Weeks

Campers staying multiple weeks are supervised, fed, and given activities for the hours between sessions on Saturdays. They are also allowed to make phone calls on Saturday between 11-3.

If you prefer, campers are allowed to return home or go out for a visit for the few hours on Saturday between their sessions. Campers must be signed out when leaving and signed back in upon their return.

Likewise, if you would like to come visit your camper at camp during the time between sessions, you may do so with pre-approval from the Program Directors. Meal tickets are available for purchase if you would like to stay for lunch.

Multi-week campers' laundry will be done each week by our Support Staff. 

After Camp

Lost Items

We strongly recommend that you clearly label all of your camper's items with their full name.

We are unable to return clothing that is left at camp. Clothing that is left behind is washed and donated. 

In the rare event that we can locate a valuable item such as a camera, you must pay the shipping costs to have the item mailed back to you.

Common items left at camp:

Towels, sweatshirts, jackets, raincoats and ponchos, hats, swim shoes, flashlights, cameras, books.

 

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." Revelation 4:11