We recommend that you label all clothing and personal items.
|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.|
|A Note on Cotton|
|It is important that your camper bring clothing that helps him/her stay warm and dry. Therefore, we ask you to avoid sending cotton clothing and bedding. This includes jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, and sweatshirts. Quick-dry, wicking fabrics such as polyster, fleece, and wool are best.|
2 lightweight shorts
Boys: Loose-fitting shorts
Girls: One or two-piece that covers the midriff area
1 pair lightweight pants
Socks for hiking
Hiking boots/shoes that are broken in
|2-3 tshirts||Warm pajamas and socks||Aqua shoes or sandals you can swim in|
|1 long-sleeved shirt||Rain gear||Hat that won't blow off easily|
|1 warm fleece or jacket||Clean clothes to be left at Susque for your return|
|Towel||Toiletries||Backpack-big enough to hold all of your stuff. Everything must fit into 1 bag.|
|Bio-degradable soap & soapbox||Non-aerosol bug repellent||Ziploc & garbage bags to keep things dry|
|Toothbrush & toothpaste||Sunscreen||Pen or pencil|
|Travel-size deodorant||2 water bottles**||Small Notebook|
|Headlamp/ flashlight with batteries||Sunglasses||Small amount of $ to buy snacks during travel time|
*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.
**Water bottles are required.
|Sleeping Bag||Sleeping pad
(Camp can lend this item.)
|What Not to Bring|
|Playing cards||Aerosol Cans**|
(Cell phones, personal music devices, tablets,
e-readers, portable game systems)
**Including deodorant and hair spray.
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.
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.
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.
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 First-Aid-certified Wilderness Trip Leaders will assess and care for your camper. 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
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:
Due to the nature of the Wilderness Trips, letters, emails, and packages will not be delivered to campers.
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.
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.
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.