Preparing for Pride Camp

Packing for the week


This is a recommended list of clothing and equipment for a 5-day, 4-night Pride Camp. Make additions you feel will be appropriate for your comfort, but remember that storage space is limited. Label all items with your first and last names, using permanent marker or tape. Make sure to view items that are not allowed at camp!

We encourage you to consider Iowa’s consistently changing weather, as well as the inherent nature of camp activities when choosing clothing to bring to camp. Remember that camp is informal, and your clothes will get dirty! We ask that clothing brought to camp is reasonably modest in style and cut, and that any graphics or messages on clothing be tasteful and responsible. 

What should not be brought to camp


To keep dorms clean and clutter-free, we ask that you pack and use luggage that will fit under your bed or in a closet. Bring a backpack or shoulder bag that can hold a rain coat, water bottle, notebook, and writing utensils.

It is helpful if all your items, including pillow and sleeping bag/XL twin sheets fit in one or two clearly labeled pieces of luggage that can close securely.


Please dress comfortably. Camp will be held inside & outside, and there will be recreation activities and night activities that are high energy. Please use your best judgement with clothing, and pack what you will be most comfortable in.

  • Underwear and socks for 5 days
  • Short sleeve shirts or t-shirts for 5 days
  • 3 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 2-3 pairs shorts
  • 1-2 pairs long pants (jeans, sweatpants, etc.)
  • 2 White cotton items to tie-dye (socks, tanks, shirts, bandanas, etc.)
  • Baseball cap or other hat with a wide brim (for sun protection)
  • Rain-jacket
  • Pajamas
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • Comfortable close-toed shoes (athletic shoes or sneakers are perfect)

Hygiene/Toiletry Items

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Deodorant or anti-perspirant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Comb or hair-brush
  • Body Wash
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), enough to apply several times a day
  • Insect repellant
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses with supplies
  • Tampons or pads (if applicable)
  • Medications (prescription and non-prescription). All medications are the responsibility of campers.
  • Any other hygiene items that are a part of your daily routine

Bedding/Linen Items

  • Sleeping bag or XL twins sheet set for dorm bed
  • Pillow with pillowcase
  • Laundry bag
  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 washcloth
  • Plastic bag for damp items coming home
  • Mesh bag or shower caddy for bathroom supplies

Optional/Extra Items

  • Writing materials (pens/pencils, notebook, etc.)
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

Items Not Allowed at Pride Camp


These items should NOT be brought to camp

  • Weapons of any kind; pocket knives, fireworks, lighters, or matches
  • Tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs. Grand View University is a smoke-free and e-cig/vape-free campus.
  • Food, candy, chewing gum, or soda (except pre-approved for special diets)
  • Radios, music/DVD/video game players, iPads, iPods, Kindles, or other electronics
  • Inappropriate reading material (ex. offensive or violent pictures or content)
  • High-value items (expensive cameras, expensive jewelry, etc.)
  • Pets (Service animals are exempt)
  • Sports equipment like bats, sticks, bows, or other items that require special training for safe use
  • Vehicles or bicycles (camper may not have/use personal transportation at camp. Youth attending camp should plan to get a ride to camp, or check in their car keys when they check in for camp)

Preparing for Camp

Communication with Families



The Pride Camp Director or Iowa Safe Schools staff member will contact parents/guardians if their camper requires outside health care or emergency care, or if they have any questions regarding a camper’s health.

If a camper becomes ill or injured at camp, Pride Camp staff will call you to consult and may ask you to pick up your camper and seek treatment. All campers are required to provide proof of health insurance. Parents/guardians are responsible for paying the costs of any outside health care and prescriptions.

Sun Safety


Pride Camp recommends that all campers use sunscreen throughout camp, and take care of themselves by staying hydrated and taking advantage of shade and indoor activities on occasion.   

Camper Health


The health, safety, and well-being of Pride Camp campers is Iowa Safe Schools’ first priority. Iowa Lutheran Hospital is located one mile from Grand View University. Camp staff will only perform first aid techniques which they have been trained in and are comfortable with.

For each camper, please provide a current health history. Please complete this form carefully and thoroughly, noting any life events that may be important for camp staff to know. Ensure that all prescription medications have a written, signed medication order. Campers who do not return completed medical forms will not be allowed to attend camp.



It is the responsibility of the camper to ensure they take their medication at required time during camp. All medication information must be:

  • Kept in their original containers
  • Unexpired
  • Fully documented on the camper health history
  • Do not pre-sort medications

Prescription medication must have the following:

  • Original pharmacy label showing the patient’s name
  • The prescription numbers
  • Date filled
  • Physician’s name
  • Name of medications
  • Directions for use
  • Expiration date

If a camper needs to carry their asthma inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector (Epi-Pen) at all times, parents/guardians must send a second inhaler or auto-injectors to be kept with the Pride Camp staff in case of an emergency.  

Personal Health & Hygiene


Campers are expected to care for themselves by:

  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Eating healthfully
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Showering
  • Changing into clean clothes regularly
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing hands often
  • Using sunscreen & insect repellent appropriately

Pride Camp staff will model the expectations and provide gentle reminders to campers, but families should set expectations regarding changing clothing and personal hygiene before your camper arrives at camp. Coach your camper to tell an adult if they feel hurt, ill, or if they notice an unusual symptom.  

Still Have Questions?


We want families and loved ones of campers to feel 100% confident in sending their student to Pride Camp. If you still have questions, we would love to connect with you.  

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