WHAT TO BRING
At Kippewa, we want the focus to be on fun, so we ask that our girls wear non-designer, “camp-friendly” clothing. Most girls wear cotton shorts and a t-shirt or tanktop. Girls also need to bring appropriate footwear for whatever activity they are participating in. If trying an activity for the first time we do not expect specialized equipment but if a girl is a tennis player, for instance, she should bring her racquet with her to camp. While we do not require a uniform, we do ask everyone to bring two logo’d Kippewa shirts and two logo’d Kippewa shorts for special events and trips out of camp.
We have partnered with Amerasport for our uniform and other camp clothing.
A copy of our packing list is available here.
Bed linens and towels are provided at no additional charge. We provide sheets and blankets, please bring your own pillow and pillowcases. It can also be nice to bring a blanket or comforter to help personalize the space and make it feel “homey”.
Laundry is done once a week so plan on packing a week’s worth of clothing (factoring in extras and changes throughout the day for different activities) plus additional items that may be needed. Fun dress-up clothing items for special events are always welcome, although not essential!
SENDING BAGS TO/FROM CAMP
For anyone using camp transportation (camp bus or transportation from the airport) we ask you to send your bags in advance.
There are three options for sending your bags to and from camp:
3. UPS/Fed-Ex. Several families with personal or business accounts with these carriers use them to send luggage to and from camp. If you choose to use one of these carriers you will need to provide your own labels.
If you will be bringing your daughter to camp, or picking her up, you are welcome to transport bags yourself!
GETTING TO/FROM CAMP
Kippewa provides complimentary coach bus service from the Boston and New York areas to and from camp. Campers from other regions can choose to fly into Portland or Boston Logan Airports, or parents are welcome to drop them off at camp. Drop off timing is 1:00pm- 2:30pm. Please check the Family Handbook or contact us for approved flight arrival and departure times.
Buses are provided to the same areas and airports at the end of the session. However, most parents pick their children up at camp to enjoy our Visiting Day morning and lunch. Arrival time for parents is 9:00am with lunch at 11:30am and departure immediately following.
Directions to Kippewa can be found here.
A list of Nearby Accommodations is available here for those families looking to drop off and/or pick up at Visiting Day. Please note, no animals of any type are allowed on camp grounds so please make plans in advance to board any four-legged friends.
STAYING IN TOUCH AT CAMP
Campers receive mail daily at Kippewa in the early evening, before dinner. All letters and large envelopes (up to size 9×12) are delivered to campers daily as received. Boxed packages are not allowed. Please check our package policy in the Family Handbook for details.
Campers are also able to receive one-way emails from parents through their myKippewa accounts. These emails are managed by our partner, CampMinder. All emails arriving before 11:00am will be delivered that day. Those received after 11:00am will be delivered to following day.
After the first week, campers are given the option of one outgoing 15 minute phone call to their parents. Not all families choose to schedule a call. Parents can contact the office via email or phone once the session has begun to arrange the time and date of their call.