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Packing

Packing List

We know that packing can sometimes be stressful, so we are here to help! Our packing list is the result of many years of experience with what kids need, what they use, and what fits in the cabins. If you have any questions about any of the items on the list, please let us know! Email or call 713.723.8354 and we are happy to help.

We are updating our packing list with all the new styles for Summer 2024. To get an idea of what to bring view our 2023 CYJ Packing List.

Click here to view our 2023 CYJ Mini Mensch Packing List.

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How do I pack?

We suggest duffel bags with wheels for packing. Once the kids are unpacked, it is much easier for us to store duffel bags in the cabin than suitcases or bags with wheels. The best plan is to use two duffels: one for clothing and one for bedding and beach/bath towels. Please make sure that all of your camper’s things fit INSIDE of the duffels and are not attached or tied to the outside.

We also ask that you send your campers with a backpack (like one they might take to school). It is used to pack for both trips and Closing Day, so that campers can leave out the few things they need after they have packed their duffels.

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Lost and Broken Items

On any given camp day, your child may be running, sweating, painting, hiking, dancing, or battling in an epic pillow fight. That means all property you send to camp is at risk of being broken, lost, or otherwise ruined. Understanding that CYJ is not liable for replacing said items, use your best judgment when packing your camper’s things.

A good rule of thumb: if it would be expensive to replace or you’d be sad to see it lost or dirty, don’t send it to camp.

We ask that you label everything. And by everything, we mean EVERYTHING. Our Lost & Found is always full of socks, goggles, water bottles, sunglasses and just about everything in-between that sadly, no one remembered to label. Please explain the importance of keeping track of belongings to your camper. The Lost & Found is located right outside of our dining hall, so campers walk by it multiple times a day. Unclaimed, unlabeled items will be donated to charitable organizations at the end of each session. If it has a label, we will ship it back to you at your cost.