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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Prescription medication must have the following:
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.
Campers are expected to care for themselves by:
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.
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.