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Packing and Traveling to Camp

Camp is right around the corner, and it’s time to start packing and making travel plans! Have you checked out the Current Parent Area of our website? That’s your first step. Up in the right-hand corner, there’s a blue “Current Parent Area” button, and when you click on it, you will have access to everything you need to know to prepare for camp! For now, here’s some easy access to our packing list and information about teaveling to camp!



Suggested Packing List

Plan for hot and cool weather, and pack old, comfortable clothes! Also plan for activities such as pottery, gardening, sports, swimming, off-camp trips, performances, and the dressy dinner dance. There is approximately 10” of space under each bunk to store luggage, so soft duffel bags are better than trunks. This list is a guideline, and you may want to bring more or less of any item.

  • 2-4 pairs jeans/pants
  • 6-8 pairs shorts
  • 8-10 T-shirts
  • 10 changes of underwear, 10 pairs of socks
  • 1-2 pairs of sneakers or closed-toed shoes
  • 1-2 pairs of flip-flops or sandals
  • 1 poncho or raincoat
  • 2 bathing suits, 1 robe or cover up for after swim
  • 2-3 sweatshirts/sweaters/jackets
  • 2-3 pairs of pajamas
  • 1 dressy outfit (for performances, dances, etc.)
  • 1 shirt hanger to hang towel
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 pillow, 2 pairs of sheets, 2 pillow cases, 2 blankets, 3 towels (except if you’re traveling by plane)
  • 1 sleeping bag (for overnight camping program, except if you’re traveling by plane)
  • 1 Drawstring laundry bag labeled with your camper’s name
  • 1 Bag or organizer to hang on your bunk to keep all your junk neat
  • Backpack, tote bag, or small secure bag for spending money on off-camp trips
  • Brush, comb, shampoo, soap, toothbrush/paste, tissues, sunscreen, insect repellent and calamine lotion for bug bites!
  • Sunglasses, hat or visor, watch
  • Books, puzzles, magazines, indoor games, pen, stationery, notebook, pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelopes
  • Flashlight, battery operated personal fan, battery-operated alarm clock, disposable camera, batteries
  • T-shirts and other clothing that can be tie-dyed, batiked, screen printed, etc.

Please put your camper’s name on all clothing and personal belongings!

You can easily use permanent marker, or order iron-on transfers or labels. Order name labels for your camper’s clothes! Try these partners:

Need some recommendations for some of the items on the packing list?

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Additional packing list for special programs, etc…

  • Music: Please bring any instrument you plan to study during your majors or minors, excluding pianos and drum sets. If you cannot bring an instrument, we are happy to help you rent one. Please call the Camp Directors by May 31st for information on instrument rental and pricing. Campers may also want to bring amplifiers, pick ups, sheet music, drum sticks, picks, etc. Earplugs are required for campers in the rock program, and will be available at the Canteen.
  • Dance: Leotards, tights, and dance shoes (if you have them), and an additional small mesh laundry bag
  • Photography: 35mm SLR film camera, with MANUAL settings. Please test your camera and make all necessary repairs before camp, and be sure to pack an extra battery.
  • Tennis: Tennis shoes, tennis racquet, hat, sunblock (We do offer tennis racquets also.)
  • Horseback Riding: Long pants, pair of boots with a heel, riding helmet (a helmet will be provided if you do not have one.)
  • Counselor In Training Program: Phone card for CIT Phone Time
  • Food Allergies: Campers with gluten allergies can bring special snacks and/or dessert items to be kept in the kitchen. Please label them with your camper’s name, and give them to the chef on Check-In Day.

Items not allowed at camp

Cell phones and any devices that have a cellular connection to the internet (unless they have been deactivated-see
Technology Policy); televisions, desktop computers, and DVD/Blu-Ray players; pets; skateboards, bicycles, and rollerblades; food, candy, gum, and drinks other than water; money, ATM cards, credit cards, and valuables that are not necessary at camp; weapons including swiss army knives, and any item that is hazardous or flammable.

Valuables and Money

We discourage campers from bringing valuable items such as expensive jewelry and clothing, electronics like iPods and digital cameras, or any other valuable that is not necessary at camp. However, if you feel that these items are necessary, please review our Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Item Policy and talk with your camper about how to keep his or her items safe at camp. Please also review our Technology Policy and Packing List to learn which items are not allowed at camp

Other valuable items such as musical instruments and cameras may be necessary for classes. On Check-In Day, campers will label their items with their names, and store them in the designated, locked, air-conditioned, storage area, except for when they are in use. Again, if campers prefer to keep their valuable items in the bunk, please review our Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Item Policy and talk with your camper about how to keep their items safe at camp.

Shipping Luggage

For campers who may be traveling a great distance, luggage can be shipped to Appel Farm before camp. Send all
packages and trunks to:

Camper’s Name
c/o Appel Farm
457 Shirley Rd.
Elmer, NJ 08318-0888

Now that you’re packed, how are you getting to camp?

We have chartered a camp bus for Check-In Day for 2, 4, 6, and 8 week campers, and Check-Out Day for our 4 and 8
week campers only, that makes stops in West Orange, NJ and New York City, NY. If you are driving your camper, check
our website for driving directions, or use our street address, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ 08318 for an online mapping site. We are also happy to pick campers up if they are traveling to camp by themselves.

Even if you are driving your camper to Appel Farm this summer, it is super important to complete your Transportation Form. All Camp Forms are due by May 31, so get started today!

Click here to complete your Camp Forms.

Camp Bus Locations, Schedules & Procedures

West Orange, New Jersey

Essex Green Shop Rite, Prospect Avenue, W. Orange. From Rt. 280 W., take exit #8A to W. Orange, continue on Prospect Ave. The camp bus, marked Sheppard Bus, will park near Shop Rite; look for a Staff Member wearing an Appel Farm T-Shirt

  • Check-In Day Bus Schedule for Sunday, June 28 (Mini I, First, 6 and 8-Week)
    Bus picks up from West Orange, NJ at 9:30 AM
  • Check-In Day Bus Schedule for Sunday, July 26 (Mini II, Second)
    Bus picks up from West Orange, NJ at 9:30 AM

New York City, New York

W. 40th St., Between 11th and 12th Aves. The camp bus, marked Sheppard Bus, will be parked along the South corner of W. 40th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues; look for a Staff Member wearing an Appel Farm T-Shirt.

  • Check-In Day Bus Schedule for Sunday, June 28 (Mini I, First, 6 and 8-Week)
    Bus picks up from New York City, NY at 11:00 AM
  • Check-In Day Bus Schedule for Sunday, July 26 (Mini II, Second)
    Bus picks up from New York City, NY at 11:00 AM

Procedures for Campers Traveling by Themselves

If your camper is traveling to or from camp by him/herself, please review the following guidelines.

  • Please make plans for your camper’s flight to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on Check-In Day between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Eastern. For the return trip, please make plans for the flight to depart Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on Check-Out Day between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM Eastern.
  • We cannot guarantee transportation for flights that arrive and depart outside of these times. If you have trouble finding flights that arrive and depart during these times, please call the Camp Directors before booking your flights.
  • Please forward a copy of your camper’s full itinerary, including the return flight. In order to ensure an efficient return, please be sure to include your confirmation code so we can check your camper in on-line before heading out to the airport. If possible, also include a digital photo of your camper to help our staff recognize your camper.
  • Campers traveling to camp by themselves may want to bring a cell phone and charger in order to keep in touch with you and the camp during their trip. If your camper is bringing a cell phone, please program the camp phone number (800) 394-8478 in their phone, and send your camper’s cell phone number to camp along with his or her itinerary. We will collect the cell phone and charger once we arrive at camp, keep it in the camp safe, and then make sure it is charged for the return trip.
  • Unless otherwise arranged, an Appel Farm counselor will meet your camper inside the baggage claim area for his or her flight. He or she will be wearing an Appel Farm T-Shirt, and will be holding a sign with your camper’s name and the Appel Farm logo. If your child is flying as an “unaccompanied minor”, please let us know so our counselor can try to obtain a pass to meet your camper at the gate. Please note that this is not always possible, in which case, our counselor will meet your camper inside the baggage claim area for his or her flight.
  • If it is better for your family to arrange a train or bus trip, we are also happy to pick your camper up at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station or the Greyhound Station at 11th and Filbert Streets in Philadelphia, PA. Please plan arrivals and departures as noted above.