camper packing list

What to bring, what to keep at home?


Campers should bring:

  • Casual clothes, including t-shirts, shorts/pants, sweatshirt or jacket, socks
  • Athletic tennis shoes
  • An alarm clock
  • Bed linens to fit an XL twin bed
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen

Items NOT allowed: matches, lighters, knives, firearms, straight razors, rope, illegal drugs, fireworks, incense, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products, etc. If there is an item in question, please contact us. It is better to ask than to be sent home for having a prohibited item. 


Campers should bring the following for swimming gear:

  • Suits
  • Goggles
  • Caps
  • Fins
  • Plenty of towels
  • Backpack

Other training equipment (kickboard, pull buoys, etc.) can be left at home.

NOTE: Performance and Technique Swim Camp at Carthage is not responsible for any items lost or stolen during your camper's stay. All campers are responsible for their own personal items and belongings. 


All camper expenses are taken care of during the week. There should be no need for additional cash.  The campus store is up and running on Thursday during check-out time if families want to visit and pick up some Carthage “swag”, they can… so no real “need” for any spending money.


Campers will meet our camp Camp Counselors during check-in. Our Camp Counselors live in the dorms and is available to assist campers 24 hours/day with any medical needs.  The Coaching Staff can also store medicine and give it to campers at specified times if necessary. If your camper has any specific medical needs or is taking any prescription medicine and you would like the staff to be responsible for dispensing the medication during camp please be sure to speak with us during the check-in process.  Important: Unless our staff is notified during the check-in process we will not give out aspirin, Tylenol, or any other medication without first talking to a parent or someone designated by the parent to make decisions.