Combining some of our very best parent, alumnae, and past camper tips, here you’ll find the “Inside Scoop” on all things Greystone. If you have a Helpful Hint you would like to suggest, please fill out our form and let us know!
There is no wrong answer to your question! If it is your first summer at Greystone, we would recommend using a duffel or a plastic trunk (or rubbermaid box). All of our camp beds have big drawers underneath them, and girls will unpack all of their clothes into these drawers. Duffels are nice, as you can fold them up and put them in your drawer, waiting to use on Closing Day. A cheaper plastic trunk is also nice if you want to leave some “extras” on the porch in a water-proof type of tub (things like extra towels, costumes, or riding gear).
There is no need to spend a lot of money on a nice trunk, especially if this is your daughter’s first year. Many campers end up wanting a nicer trunk as they return year after year, as it provides the perfect place to show off all of their Greystone stickers. But, for your first year, a nice trunk is fine to use, but it is not necessary!
When we asked which was better (duffel or plastic trunk) on our Facebook page, the results were mixed - so you really can’t go wrong!
We asked our Instagram followers this question a few years ago, and the shoes mentioned over and over were tennis shoes, Crocs, Chacos, and rainboots. Many campers mentioned bringing 2 pairs of tennis shoes, which is a GREAT suggestion. Other shoes mentioned were cowboy boots, Keens, nice shoes to wear on Sunday for church, flipflops, and riding boots.
Parents have many different suggestions on clothes organization. Each camper has her own wooden drawer (size is 32 x 32 x 9.5 inches), and most campers unpack all of their clothes into this drawer. Here are a few clothes-organizing ideas:
If your daugther would like to try out for our Talent Show at June, Main or August camps, please make sure she doesn’t forget her costume, instrument, music, or other items she made need.
At all of our sessions, we celebrate our camp teams, the Odds (green) and the Evens (gold). All campers will need something green and something gold, as they won’t know their team until they arrive on Opening Day. A simple green or gold shirt is all you need. Some campers bring more “fun” outfits like socks, wigs, tutus, etc. Our Greystone Store sells team shirts, so you can purchase what you need on Opening Day, if you would like to wait to know what team your daugther will be on for the summer. Camp also supplies each cabin with fun Odd and Even dress up supplies.
You’ll want to check out our details on what you can use to decorate your bunk, but the gist is you can only bring photos and bedding to make the space “homey”. Many girls will bring something to make their space feel more like home.
For decorating: With the switch to being “just photos” for bunk decorating, we recommend two ways of doing this. Option 1: just bring the photos with you and hang them on your headboard or beside your bed. Option 2: make a photo collage ahead of time on a small posterboard or small bulletin board that you can then hang or set next to your bed.
For bedding: We will have sheets and a red jersey-style blanket available for you to use. You will need to bring a pillow and pillowcase, but can also bring your own sheets and twin comforter/blanket. We can’t wash your personal sheets, so make sure to bring 2 sets. You can bring stuffed animals and fun pillows, which you will see on many camp bunks.
Parents suggest wearing comfortable shoes, especially some that can get wet (many moms recommended Tennis Shoes, Chacos, or Keen types of shoes on our Facebook page). Even if it hasn’t rained recently, our parking fields can still be wet from a summer of rain or from dew. Also, bring a raincoat or umbrella, as mountain weather changes quickly.
Greystone parents have some fun (and funny!) suggestions of what types of “tools” are nice to have on Opening Day. Parents suggest bringing:
…bedding from you car to the cabin, at least that’s what our seasoned Greystone parents would recommend. We load all the trunks and duffels onto trailers and drive them up to the cabin for you; however, because so many people arrive at one time, it may take a trip or two of our trailers to get the bags to your cabin. Because of this, many parents recommend carrying your bedding so you can jump right into making your camp bunk.
We posted a blog detailing the ins and outs of bunks and decorating…it’s so much fun (side note: we now assign bunks for more sessions). Just make sure you are aware of the other girls in the cabin also needing to make their space. Unloading your clothes into your drawer and making your bed can be a big production of bags and piles of stuff. Be aware that your bunk mate may not be able to reach her space at the same time.
In the same vein, if you are waiting to make your bed because your bunk mate is currently getting settled, head to the Dining Hall for a scone or go check your medicines in at Pill Hill. Once you return, the bunk-space should be open for you!
Have to make a top bunk? We recommend taking the mattress off the bed, put the sheets on the mattress, and then lift the mattress into place. So much easier than crawling around on a top bunk!
When we talk about pre-writing letter, we are talking about 2 different things:
Our biggest piece of advice when moving in more than one daughter is to bring some help with you, and our current camp parents agree!! If you and your spouse can both come, that’s great…divide and conquer! Bringing another family member or a close family friend is also very helpful.
This same piece of advice goes for younger children - if you have young children that require your constant attention, bring a family member or friend to help you on Opening Day…it can help to save your sanity :)
At June, Main, and August Camps, your daugther will schedule her classes with her counselor on Opening Day. Your daughter’s counselor will have a list of all the activities offered and will be able to help make the perfect schedule.
While you won’t make your schedule until you arrive at camp, it is helpful to Explore our different activity areas, making a general list of the types of classes you may be interested in taking. This will give your daughter a place to start when she starts working on her schedule with her counselor.
Junior Campers will pre-schedule classes in the spring through the Online Forms and will find out their schedule after parents leave on Opening Day.
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