Prepare For Your Resident Camper's Time at Camp Jorn

Packing List

Camp Packing List

Please label all items with your camper's firs and last name (Use a name tag, laundry pen, or permanent marker)

Please make sure you pack enough clothing for your camper. Only our CIT camper’s will have the opportunity to do laundry during their stay.


  • Raincoat or poncho
  • 2-Swimsuit
  • 3 per week- Pajamas
  • Light Jacket
  • T-shirts (one for each day)
  • 3-4 per week-Shorts
  • Underwear (one for each day)
  • Socks (one for each day)
  • 3 per week-Long sleeved shirts/sweatshirts
  • 1-Tennis shoes/Closed toed shoes
  • 1-Sandals
  • 2 per week-Jeans or other long pants


  • Warm Sleeping bag with stuff sack
  • Fitted sheet and flat sheet (twin)
  • Pillow & pillowcase
  • Laundry bag
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • Sleeping pad (explorer, cit, teva, lit only)

Personal Items

  • 2 Bath towels
  • 2 Wash clothes
  • 1 Swim towel
  • Soap/body wash
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tissues
  • Lip balm
  • Other personal toiletries

Optional Items

  • White shirt for tie-dyeing
  • Stationary, postcards, stamps, address book
  • Quiet games or books
  • Notebook, journal, pens, pencils
  • Disposable camera
  • Hat or bandana
  • Shower shoes or sandals
  • Favorite stuffed animal
  • Pictures from home

Do not bring

  • Electronic devices-cell phones, tablets, smart watches, games, etc.
  • Food containing nut products
  • Expensive clothing & jewelry
  • Pets & vehicles
  • At no time are alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, or weapons (including pocket and hunting knives) allowed on camp by campers or our staff. Violations will result in immediate dismissal
  • Clothing with alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sexual content, or inappropriate language will not be permitted.

Packing for Water-skiers

  • Extra swimsuit
  • Rash guard shirt
  • Extra beach towel

Teva, LIT, CIT Camper’s Trip Specific

  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack
  • Rain gear- pants & jackets (no ponchos)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pack towel (quick dry microfiber towel)
  • Light hiking boots with good ankle protection and support and a durable sole. These may get wet.
  • 3- Socks (wool or polypro, no cotton)
Arrival/Departure from Camp

Information about what to expect for drop-off, pick-up, and all the fun in between.

Please enroll your camper for the bus at least one month prior to the start of their camp session.

Arrival/Departure from Camp

Opening Day if arriving by car:

  • Campers may arrive between 1:30-2:30 pm on the opening day of the Please do not arrive before 1:30 pm as staff are still preparing for your arrival.
  • Please have your camper eat lunch before arriving– as dinner is not until 5:30pm. On arrival day you will be greeted by staff and directed through the check-in

If arriving by bus:

  • Pack a lunch and a full water bottle for your camper’s trip up to Please note that camp is a peanut/tree nut aware facility where we restrict tree nuts/peanuts and that includes the bus.
  • Turn in any medications to the staff member or volunteer at your bus

Closing Day

If picking up your camper at camp:

  • Campers may be picked up between 9:30 am and 10:30am.
  • You will check out with our camp staff at the dining
  • Please be prepared to show a photo ID and to sign out your

If camper is departing camp by bus: Camp Jorn YMCA provides lunch for all campers returning home by bus. Please see bus schedule for more details on times.

Bus Information

Bus service is available from 4 locations between Illinois and Wisconsin. Please use the transportation form during the registration process to select the best location for you and your family. There is a fee of

$76 one way per camper. Campers will be supervised by camp staff during their travel to and from camp. Check-in at the Bus:

All Camp Jorn YMCA staff will be wearing a staff shirt to help you identify them.

  • At check-in, campers will load their luggage onto the Please clearly label all luggage with their first and last name on the outside of the luggage. Please do not pack any medication in luggage.
  • Once luggage has been loaded, campers may be checked-in and board the
  • A PG rated movie may be shown on the


All campers must be signed out by an authorized parent/guardian/adult and be released by the Camp Jorn staff at the proper location. Campers being picked up by an adult other than parent/guardian, must have submitted the authorized person in writing to the camp office prior to check out day.

Bus Delays

Camp will use email and/or Facebook to inform parents regarding any changes that would affect camp pick up or drop off time or location. Significant changes or emergencies will also be communicated via phone calls.

Luggage Tips

  1. Campers will pack their luggage under the bus in the luggage Labeling the outside of their luggage will help them identify it more easily.
  2. One small backpack or bag is allowed on the This should have the camper’s lunch, a full water bottle and snacks for the day.
  3. Do not pack ANY medications in luggage. Medications should be in the original container with a current prescription on it. Turn in medications at bus check in. Put it in a zip lock bag with your camper’s name on it and give it to staff at our check in area. **Campers with Asthma: Have one prescribed inhaler with your camper on the bus, turn in an extra inhaler at bus check in.
Health care at Camp

If your child has allergies or other health-related issues, it’s important to let us know. This information may be updated in your camper’s Health History Form, which can be found in your Camp In Touch account.
*Health and Dietary needs

We have volunteer nurses and doctors at Camp Jorn the majority of the summer and a Camp Director with advanced first aid on site all summer. They oversee our healthcare operations on camp including general care and medications. Our goal is to keep your camper healthy and experiencing all camp has to offer them. If your camper becomes ill or injured, our health care staff will evaluate and treat your child within our treatment procedures. Our health care team will contact a parent if your camper experiences any of the following:

· Remains in the health center for 6 hours or longer or overnight
· Needs to be evaluated by a physician, dentist or outside health professional
· Is going to the emergency room (Campers will always be escorted by Camp Jorn staff even when transported by ambulance)
· Obtains an injury to the head, back, eye, mouth, or cut that may leave a scar
· Has a temperature greater than 100 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Medical Forms
All campers are required to have a current completed health history form on file.


Health and accident insurance coverage for each camper is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. You will be billed by the medical facility or camp for any medical/prescription charges incurred on your camper’s behalf for reimbursement to camp. This information may also be entered directly into your health form.

Please send only the necessary medications with camper. Your campers medications will be kept locked in our health center and administered by one of our wonderful camp nurses. If your child is taking the bus, their medications should be handed to the counselor with the medication box. The medication box will be locked until the Nurse receives it on camp or you have come to pick up your child.

  1. Prescriptions: Only those prescription medications prescribed by a physician will be administered. All medications must be in the original pharmacy container.
  2. The correct name, date, and instructions must be on the bottle.
  3. We will NOT administer medication that is improperly labeled or not prescribed by a physician.
  4. We have over-the-counter medications which will be provided to campers and staff as needed under our procedures for health care provided by our consulting physician.
  5. All medications will be turned in at check in and will remain in the nurses in our health center and will be administered by one of our wonderful camp nurses.

*NOTE: Any unused prescriptions will be returned to the camper on the morning of closing day.


Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society publishes a “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.” Practicing pediatricians across North America recognize these schedules as the standard of care regarding childhood & adolescent vaccinations. Concurrently, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) annually publish vaccine standards for adults.

Among our 3 pillars of the YMCA values is the imperative healthy living and social responsibility. We embrace this value specifically by taking preventive measures to protect the public health of our camp community as a whole. Therefore, Camp Jorn YMCA is requiring that all campers and staff attending camp be immunized as outlined below.

While parents may choose to defer the vaccination of their children, for Camp Jorn YMCA this is not an issue of individual rights and choice, but an issue of public health and policy. The routine vaccination of all campers and staff is an important public health matter especially in the confined environment of a residential summer camp with round-the-clock communal living where illnesses spread much more easily.

Policy: All those who are attending Camp Jorn YMCA programs are required to have age appropriate vaccines as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), with the exceptions noted.

• DTaP, DT, Td, or Tdap (Diphtheria,Tetanus and Pertussis)
• Tdap vaccine is now required for children over age 11, booster every 10 years
• IPV (Poliovirus)
• HIB (Haemophilus influenza type b bacteria)
• PCV 13 (Pneumococcal) vaccine
• Hepatitis B
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) or serologic evidence of immunity. Adults born
before 1957 are assumed to be immune to measles
• Varicella vaccine (Varivax – for Chicken Pox), or serologic or historical evidence of
• Menactra (Meningococcal disease / Meningitis) – required for those age 11 and

Policy Exceptions: We recognize that individuals who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine may not be able to complete the immunization schedule outlined above. Additionally, individuals with medical conditions such as congenital immunodeficiency or HIV, cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant patients, and persons receiving immunosuppressive drugs and chronic steroids also may not be able to receive certain vaccines. In these extremely rare circumstances, current documentation from a Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP), describing the reason for exemption from immunization must be furnished to Camp Jorn YMCA. We are happy to discuss case by case management of the extremely rare circumstance of medical contraindication to
partial or complete vaccination.

This policy will be enforced in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. In no way should this policy be interpreted to violate the laws of the State of Wisconsin or regulations affecting licensed Residential/Day Camps within the state.

What to pack for camp

Be sure to prepare for day-to-day life at camp
*Resident camp packing guide
*Day camp packing guide

Trading post

During their time at camp, your camper will be able to visit Trading Post, our camp store. Trading post has many items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, stickers, hats, mugs, and flashlights. A store deposit of $10-20 is recommended your camper. Refunds are issued to campers with $8.00 or more remaining in their account and are made in the fall. Please do not send your campers with cash. We do not want them to lose it. Instead you can stop in the office to fund their trading post account or you can log in to your account, click on view trading post, fund! It’s easy!

Camper mail

Camper Mail:

If you would like to send your campers letters or packages, we encourage you to! It is okay to send packages to your camper. We do highly recommend though that if you send a treat for your campers to include enough for the whole cabin. It is very exciting for them to be able to share with their cabin mates. Please do not send products containing nuts.

In recent years (particularly with the increased popularity of services like Amazon), the number of packages sent to camp has increased, and it can often be overwhelming for campers to receive so many packages. Please try and refrain from sending more than 1 package per week/per camper.

Encourage your child to write letters home from camp by including a self-addressed stamped envelope in their luggage. Receiving positive and encouraging notes from you from home helps campers feel secure during their stay with us. You may leave letters at camp during check in for us to distribute throughout the week.

You can mail letters and or packages to camp:




Emailing letters to campers: CampStamps

CampStamps are credits that allow you to send a one-way email to your camper using your CampInTouch account. To use the CampStamp system, you will need to purchase “CampStamps” from your CampInTouch account. Please note that the CampStamp system is administered through CampInTouch, and the associated fees are generated by and paid directly to CampInTouch, not Camp Jorn. If we could make it free - we would, but CampMinder charges for the system! You can always write to your child at camp the old-fashioned way for just the cost of a stamp. To contact Campminder regarding this service please call 303-444-2267.

If you are interested in emailing your child via CampStamps

  1. Log into your CampInTouch account.
  2. Register your credit cardat the bottom of your CampInTouch account screen, in the section called “Credit Card for Email & Photos.”  Please note: If you are currently using a credit card to pay your tuition bill, the card you have on file under “Financial Management” is not automatically applied to the “Credit Card for Email & Photos” section. You will need to re-enter your card info (or use another card, if you prefer).  
  3. Scroll down to “Your Account - Camp Stamps.”If the number of stamps is listed as “0,” click on “Buy More.” If you receive a message saying, “You do not have a credit card on file,” continue to Step 4. Otherwise, proceed to Step 6.
  4. Close the alert window and scrollto the bottom of the menu page. 
  5. Click on “Credit Card for Email & Photos.”Enter credit card info. 
  6. Click the “Camp Stamps” link on the menu page to purchase Camp Stamps. CampStamps are available in packages of 10, 15, 20, or 30. One stamp is required per letter. Camp stamps carry over from season to season, and can be shared with friends and family.
  7. Once stamps are purchased, return to menu and select “Email.” At this point, you will have the option to type a one-page message to your camper. (If you have multiple campers, you will need to submit individual letters for each.) 
  8. Submit your message.Once your message is submitted, our office staff will be alerted, and your message will be printed, folded (not placed in an envelope), and delivered with our daily mail distribution.  If you wish to submit a sealed letter, you should do so via regular mail.  

***Please Note: Our cut-off time for same-day letter delivery will be 10 am, so that emailed letters may be distributed along with our daily “snail mail.”  Any email letters received after 10 am will be printed and delivered the following day.

  1. Please note that this service is only available one way. Campers will not be able to respond to your e-letters.

Helpful Communication Tips:

  • Remember that one of the reasons your camper is at Camp Jorn YMCA is to build independence and confidence.
  • Mail will be held while campers are on trip and will be distributed upon return from their trip.
  • Letters
    • Be positive and encouraging.
    • Ask a specific question about their experience- maybe they will write you back!
      • What has been your favorite activity so far?
      • Tell me about your counselor.
      • What’s your favorite camp meal?
    • Help alleviate homesickness by focusing on what they are doing here at camp, not dwelling on how much you miss them. It is much more important for them to know how proud you are of them coming to camp.
    • Include a picture
    • Share something you learned while your camper was away
    • Camper’s will not have access to a phone or computer while at camp, so encourage them to write letters home or to journal while they are here.
    • Include stationery, writing utensils, addressed envelopes, and stamps to help ensure your camper writes home
  • Care Packages
    • Care packages are a great opportunity to send activities and games the cabin can do together (card games, board games, books, stickers, tattoos, and puzzles all make great care package additions).
    • Please do not send any food that contains nut products.
    • There is a maximum number of 12 campers and 2 counselors per cabin.
    • Please keep care packages to 1 package per child/per week.
  • There are many ways to communicate with your camper, but if you have any questions for us while your camper is here, please remember that families are welcome to call the office. Our Camp Registrar, Jenn Davis, is happy to have a conversation with you about your camper’s experience and check in on your camper at any time.
Camper photos

View weekly photo galleries and videos from camp!

Each day we take several hundred photos of camp in action. We then post some to our social media accounts (check us out on facebook & instagram) as well as use Smug Mug, where we post the bulk of the photos. We will post to Smug Mug every other day throughout the session. Please note that we take many photos each day and while we try our best to get a variety of shots not every camper will necessarily be in a photo each day.

Contact information for changes/emergencies

Session changes, cancellations or questions email or call 715-543-8808

What if my child has special dietary needs or food allergies?

We have worked with a variety of campers to accommodate their dietary needs or food allergies. Camp Jorn YMCA is nut free and our kitchen has worked with lactose-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan campers, as well as a variety of food allergies. 

If your child has food allergies or other health-related issues, it’s important to let us know. This information may be updated in your camper’s Health History Form, which can be found in your Camp In Touch account.
*Health and Dietary needs

How can I check to see how my child is doing at Camp?

Our goal is to make each family (both parents and child) comfortable throughout the camp experience. Camp Jorn YMCA actively posts pictures throughout the session for family and friends to see what is happening at camp. We encourage families to call 715-543-8808 or email throughout the session if you have a question or concern about your child.

What is the best way to stay in touch with my camper at Camp?

Everyone loves to get mail! We strongly recommend writing letters because opening an envelope is much more exciting than reading an email. Write as often as you like. We encourage families to mail a letter or two before your camper leaves home, so mail is waiting for them at Camp Jorn. We also offer a one-way email program where you can email your camper. Emails are printed daily (except for weekends) and distributed with the rest of the mail.

My child will be celebrating a birthday at Camp what happens?

When someone has a birthday at Camp we will celebrate on that day at dinner. One of our traditions is to have the entire camp sing happy birthday to them!

What if my camper gets homesick?

It is perfectly normal for a camper to get homesick at Camp. It is a new environment with new people. Our staff (some of whom were once homesick themselves), are trained on how to handle homesickness and taught techniques on how to help a camper.

Homesickness is a perfectly normal and understandable feeling for campers to have while they are at camp. It is a normal reaction for any of us to feel as a result of being separated from our normal comforts of home and family. Homesickness varies in intensity for all of our campers and even our staff. Many campers feel the symptoms of homesickness for the first day or two of being here at resident camp. For most these feelings subside with only a few campers experiencing prolonged, more intense feelings of missing home.

Homesickness usually presents itself as sadness, crying, and mild anxiety about being away from family members. Our staff are well trained to help your camper through homesickness and quickly recognize the symptoms and implement strategies to alleviate these negative feelings. Campers may express their homesickness to you in a letter early in the session as they transition to their new experience. This is nothing to be overly concerned about. If we continue to notice your camper struggling through homesickness, we will call immediately to have you assist us in resolving the issue for your camper.

The last element of homesickness is your own response as a parent to your camper coming to camp. We know you will miss them as much as they will be missing you. It’s important to recognize your own feelings and ensure you do not pass on your own anxieties to your camper when they come to camp. For example, instead of saying, “I’m going to miss you so much” say, “I can’t wait for you to get home and tell me all the awesome things you do at camp this week.”


Can we make a friend request?

Making new friends is an essential goal of the camp experience and cabin assignments are carefully put together to create a positive camping environment for all. You may request one cabin mate for your camper through your registration form. The request must be mutual from both families, and campers must be within 1 year of age/grade and gender identity. No requests are guaranteed. Please submit your request in writing at time of registration. Campers must be in the same program and session to be housed together.

Cabin groups and housing

Campers are assigned to cabin groups of 8-10 campers with two staff members serving as their counselors. Campers are grouped by age, gender identity, and the program they are registered for. We have a variety of lodging used by our campers that includes, cabins, yurts, and platform tents. Camper groups are assigned to them based on program, session length, and age of campers. All campers have their own bunk and storage area to call their own while at camp.

My camper has to leave camp early. What is the notification process?

If your camper needs to leave early, please call the office 715-543-8808 or email and give the office the time and day that you need to pick them up. That way your camper will be ready when you arrive. You can also let us know when you check your campers in. All campers must sign out in the office if leaving at any time other than the scheduled end of session departure.

Can I come and do a tour before Camp begins?

Yes! We would love to give you a tour. Feel free to call 715-543-8808 and schedule a tour during a time that works for you.

Are cell phones, computers, iPods or other electronics allowed at camp?

Camp is a place to connect with people in real and meaningful ways and to enjoy nature’s beauty and unique sounds. We do not allow cell phones, computers, iPods or other electronic devices. 

Camp Jorn Gender Inclusion Policy

We strive to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender expression, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation feels welcomed, affirmed, supported and has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity and respect.

View our Camp Jorn Gender Inclusion Policy