When packing for camp, please keep in mind that:
- The rooms are small and have to fit all four campers belongings. Bring only what you really need.
- Be sure to mark ALL your belongings with your name.
- If something has sentimental value to you - leave it at home!
- A folding music stand. This is essential!
- Your Instrument and instrument accessories. The only exceptions to this are:
- Piano at Piano Camp, Piano Institute and the Jazz Ensemble Camps.
- Percussion at our Band Camps and Marching Band Leadership
- Percussionists should bring:
Sticks & Mallets (timpani & marimba), Stick bag, Practice pads
- Percussionists should bring:
- Music for your Placement Audition. This applies to the Band Camps, String Orchestra Camp, Honors Chamber Winds and the Jazz Ensemble Camps.
- Other music you want to work on at camp
- ADDITIONAL ITEMS ARE LISTED SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR CAMP IN YOUR CAMP HANDBOOK.
Basic Room Items
- Sheets for extra long twin bed
If you can not find extra long sheets, you can use two standard twin flat sheets.
- Blanket (the rooms can be very chilly)
- Pillow & Pillow Case
- Bath Towel, Hand Towel, Washcloth
- Personal toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, and hand soap.
- Small lamp or personal reading light
There is one light in the room on the ceiling and it is not very bright. The rooms tend to be on the dark side. If you want to be able to read, write, etc., especially after the room light has been turned out, you'll need to bring your own.
- Alarm Clock
- Charger for your phone
- Refillable water bottle
If you decide to bring personal electronic devices such as a television, laptop computers, playstation, iPad, cameras, etc.) please understand the following:
- These items are your responsibility. The camps are not responsible for damage, theft, or loss of any personal item.
- You are sharing a small room with three other people and constantly moving between buildings and rooms. It's easy to leave something behind, for something to go missing, or for you to go to your next class without it.
- There is no place to secure these items when they are not in use and when you are not in your room.
- The rooms do not have safes and there is no lockable location for them to be kept.
You are permitted to bring snack items with you for your room, but we ask you to follow these guidelines:
- Your roommates may have allergies to which you are unaware. Please bring only food items that are individually sealed & packaged, and consider bringing nut-free items.
- There are no refrigerators. Anything you bring will need to be kept at room temp.
- The rooms are small and there is not a lot of extra storage space to store food. Bring only what you really need.
- Consider refillable water bottles rather then a case of water.
- You cannot bring food from your room into the cafeteria. It is against health regulations.
- Casual clothes to wear to classes, rehearsals, and recreation events.
- Sunday clothes (optional)
- Performance clothes (see below)
- Sneakers or other comfortable footwear*.
- Rain jacket and/or umbrella
(This is ESSENTIAL! It rains frequently in Tallahassee in the summer and it usually happens just as you are about to go from one building to another.)
- Sweater or sweatshirt (rehearsal rooms can get very chilly)
- Hat, sunvisor, sunglasses.
- Bathing Suit (for Band Camp for Senior High, String Orchestra Camp and Chamber Winds only).
*SAFETY NOTE - though flip flops may be comfortable summer footwear, they can often be dangerous. When the campus sidewalks get wet after our daily rainstorm they are extremely slick. We have brought numerous campers to the health center because they hurt themselves when their flip flops hydroplaned on the sidewalk. There are also a lot of stair in the buildings and on campus. Flip Flops easily get caught on the edge and suddenly you're face planting into the stairs. We encourage you to consider bringing only footwear that won't land you in the hospital.
Performance Dress For The FINAL Concert for ALL CAMPS:
- For Girls: Black Skirt or Pants (skirt must be below the knee); White Blouse; Black Shoes; Stockings
- For Boys: Black Trousers, White Dress Shirts (long or short sleeve); Long, Dark Tie; Black Shoes; Black Socks
- For Choral Camp - you need the above for the Saturday concert. For the Friday night concert all campers will wear jeans and a t-shirt (we like the camp t-shirt, but any t-shirt is okay!)
- For Marching Band Leadership Camp & Color Guard - you do not need performance clothes. Regular camp clothes - shorts and t-shirts - are fine.
Returning camper tip - check to see if you have multiple concerts. If you do, you may wish to pack multiple white dress shirts in case they get dirty and you don't want to do laundry!
Please visit the Medical Care section of this site for detailed information about how medication are handled at camp.
If you will be packing up medication for us to administer please:
- Make sure medications are in their original container. Prescription medications should have a label stating the name of the physician, child's name, name of the medication and the medication directions.
- Provide exact dosing information on a sheet to be signed by a parent (required) or the physician (preferred).
- Provide updates and/or changes to medication usage and/or dosage at check-in if needed.
- Provide ample medication at the start of camp.
- Ensure that the medications have actually been given to the counselor on the first day of camp.
We suggest that parents pack medications in a large ziplock bag marked with the campers name on the outside and place a copy of the sheet of dosing instructions inside the bag. Don't forget to pick up your left-over medications on check-out day!