What to Bring to Camp
For a fun day on the water at camp, everyone MUST bring a few things with them:
- A packed lunch (please NO NUTS!)
- Water resistant sunscreen
- A sun hat (inexpensive sunglasses are optional)
- A swimsuit or swim shorts
- A sun shirt - long or short sleeve t-shirt, cotton or quick dry
- A big towel towel (or changing poncho)
- A change of clothes including a sweater or hoodie or a rain jacket
- A large backpack or duffel bag
Updates for COVID-19 (Mar 2021):
Because of the pandemic, we will probably not be able to lend or provide the following items. Therefore, all kids must bring their own.
- A FULL refillable water bottle (two would be even better)
- A personal flotation device (PFD) or “lifejacket”. See Notes below.
- A wetsuit - “shortie” style (short arms/legs is recommended.) See Notes.
- Water shoes - wetsuit booties are ideal but old running shoes are fine. See Notes.
Also because of the pandemic, the clubhouse and change rooms will likely still be closed. Therefore, if possible, we recommend that kids:
- Bring a changing poncho as a substitute for a big towel. This item is also known as a surf/beach poncho or hooded towel etc.
- Arrive in their windsurfing clothes or at least wear a bathing suit under their regular clothes.
What NOT to Bring:
- Portable gaming systems
- Other expensive / valuable items
- Food or lotions that may contain nuts
Cell phones: If possible, it would be better if kids did not bring cell phones to camp but we recognize that they are sometimes necessary. Please be aware that TWC will not be responsible for any loss, theft, or damage that may occur.
Life jackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s) must be government approved, sized correctly and labelled with the camper’s name. There are lots of economical choices at Canadian Tire, discount retailers, sporting goods stores and online. Wetsuits are usually not necessary in July and August but we recommend them anyway since the water temperature can sometimes drop unexpectedly. They also provide extra buoyancy. Many kids, especially beginners, like the extra warmth and buoyancy even on days when a wetsuit is not really necessary. A basic “shortie” (short arms and legs) is the best choice and can be purchased for under $100 at Canadian Tire, Walmart or Costco. Upgrades are available at MEC, Fogh Marine, Board Sports or Silent Sports. A snug fit is best so we recommend that you try it in person if possible.
Watershoes can be found in the same places as wetsuits. In particular, we recommend these: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5021-650/Bubba-Neoprene-Slippers