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What to Bring

We provide potable water, Porta-Potties, a limited amount of firewood, and one evening meal Sunday through Friday. Below is a list of items to consider bringing. Refer also to Life in Camp for more details on some of the items below.


Bring some type of sturdy, weatherproof shelter. There’s generally good weather, but biblical rains are possible as well as biblical wind and snow. Temperatures may range from the 30s F. to the 80s F.—often with hot days and chilly nights. Common shelters are canvas wall tents and tipis, yurts, backpack tents, and even improvised shelters.

We encourage you to camp away from your car; you’ll be able to leave your vehicle in a parking area that is separate from the tent camping areas. There will also be areas for camping in/with your vehicle, whether a VW van, gypsy wagon, truck, or RV. No vehicles will be allowed in the Main Camp area, as this detracts from the more primitive flavor of the camp.


Bring dishes and utensils for dinners, and food for your own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks during your time at camp. Mike Clow and Peggy will provide breakfast for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. Ice for coolers will also be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Otherwise, buying ice or groceries will require a 30-minute drive to Florence.

Water Containers

Bring a container to transport water to your camp and a water bottle to carry with you throughout the day.


Bring clothing that will keep you warm, protect you from the sun, keep you dry in the rain, and tell us who you are. This is not a “clothing optional” event, nor is it a “period” event. A sun hat is a good idea, as well as a warm hat for chilly evenings.

Toiletries & First Aid

You will need to supply all of these. A solar shower may be a good idea for a mid-week rinse. If you want to take a hot shower in a facility, expect to drive 40-60 minutes. Remember to bring any needed medications, your favorite form of hand sanitizer, and a first aid kit. (There will be a medical tent staffed with professional medics for more serious injuries.)

Light Source

Bring a flashlight, candle lantern, or kerosene lamp for your own use. Avoid bright LED lights that illuminate more than the area intended to be lit. Headlamps that have a red setting are greatly appreciated, as they will not affect your (or others’) night vision. Try wearing your head lamp around your neck; the difference it makes will brighten up your life.


Many classes require use of a knife. You might also consider other tools necessary for setting your camp.

Cash and Trade Items

You'll need cash for those classes that require materials fees—instructors generally do not accept checks or credit cards. You may also want to purchase items from instructors or from the mercantile. Bring items made by hand or related to primitive outdoor skills if you'd like to take part in the trade blanket. (There is often also a kids trade blanket, so your children might want to bring items they've made or found to trade.)

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