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Suggested equipment list & other information for Nature’s Classroom

Filed in Elsmere by on May 8, 2018

Please do NOT buy new clothes for your child to wear at Nature’s Classroom. Send old clothes (for example, clothes which your child can no longer use for school) that you don’t mind your child getting dirty or what­ have-you during outdoor activities.

Please make sure that every personal item (shoes, clothes, cameras, etc.) is clearly labeled with your child’s name.

If possible, please have your child pack their clothing and equipment in a duffel bag. Guide their packing since they will have to do it later without you. (It also helps them to see what they need to bring home.)

Pleased claim lost items of monetary or personal value as soon as possible after your child’s visit.

Click here for the medication administration form and other information.

**Please note: if you cannot access the document, contact the Elsmere Main Office at 518-439-4996.

Must haves

  • 1 Sleeping Bag or Bedroll (or sheets & blankets)
  • 1 Pillow and Pillowcase
  • 3 Pairs of Jeans or Slacks
  • 3 Heavy Shirts
  • 1 Light Shirt
  • 1 Sweater or Sweatshirt
  • 1 Pair Shorts
  • 1 Pair of Pajamas and Robe
  • 1 Pair of Slippers
  • 4 Changes of Underwear
  • 1 Warm Jacket
  • 1 pair of hat & gloves
  • 3 pairs of heavy socks
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of old Sneakers
  • 1 pair of sturdy, well-broken-in boots
  • 1 pair of waterproof boots
  • ** 1 raincoat or poncho – a must!
  • 1 Toilet Kit – soap, dish soap, shampoo toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, hairbrush, plastic drinking cup, nail clippers, chapstick
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Laundry bag or extra pillow case
  • Pre-addressed, stamped envelopes and postcards, paper and pens, etc., for writing home
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent, but NO AEROSOL SPRAYS please
  • Handkerchiefs or bandannas
  • 4-6 small plastic bags to wear between shoes & socks to keep feet dry
  • Water bottles
  • Day pack


  • Disposable camera
  • Flashlight

Please do not send:

  • Cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, padios, walkmans, knives, candy, gum, or any food