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June 25-July 1, 2016

What to Bring

So you’re psyched and ready to go, but there’s one problem…what do you pack? Well, here’s a list of things you will need, compiled by your facilitators and previous participants. Please fit all items into ONE bag! Packing items such as tolietries in ziploc bags is suggested. We will be at the campsite for five days and nights, but you need to pack for six days of activities.


  • Basic, everyday clothes (shorts, shirts, etc.)
  • Bathing suit
  • Sweatshirt
  • Windbreaker
  • Hat/Cap/Bandanas
  • Sneakers/hiking boots
  • Socks -- lots of them
  • Rain gear
  • Work clothes for service
  • Clothes for canoeing
  • Shoes to wear on the river (no flip-flops, a shoe with a heel)


  • Bring what you need as long as it fits into one bag
  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap etc.*
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses/contacts and solution (if needed)
  • Prescribed medication (be sure to inform you facilitator of what you have)
    * Limited showers will be available.


  • Waterproof camera
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag, tent and tarp (if you have them - there is no need to purchase these)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Water bottles (a minimum of 2 large nalgene size water bottles are suggested)
  • Day Pack
  • Trash Bag for wet/dirty clothes

Do NOT Bring:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Electronic devices
  • Weapons (camping knives are okay)
  • Valuables (jewelry, etc.)

If you have any questions or need clarification about what's on this list, please call the New Student & Transition Programs office at (336) 278-7000 or e-mail fse@elon.edu.

Learn about similar programs offered at Elon: First-year Summer Experiences