Next Level is a camp offered to older campers ages 13-17, and is run through our Lamont Lodge. Campers live in groups of five in our dormitory-style rooms with one staff person. For Bible Studies and other activities, three rooms are combined together to make a group, called a huddle. There is no prerequisite to attend Next Level camp. Next Level is an adventure-intensive camp, with a focus on activities like zip-line, white water rafting, a day at the lake, mountain biking and boarding, high ropes, climbing, and overnight camping. Next Level campers also participate in many Classic Camp activities, including snacking at the HUB, camp-wide games, and Ligonier Live. Next Level campers also revel in the luxury of air-conditioned rooms with an attached bathroom and the opportunity to spend time with other teens.
How to Pack for Next Level
When it comes to packing, here are some simple tips:
Label everything! Shorts, sweatshirts, water bottles, toiletries, towels, sleeping bags...label it all!
Don't send your best stuff. Fancy new things quickly become old and used at camp. Rest assured that most everything you send to camp will come home with a fresh coat of dirt!
Your camper will be doing lots of adventure activities where short or revealing clothing won't be appropriate. We ask that you leave things like short shorts, spaghetti strapped tops, two piece bathing suits, speedos, or other tight or revealing clothing at home.
It might be summer camp, but it gets chilly here, especially at night. Make sure you pack some warm clothes.
We only do laundry for the two week session (Classic Camp Session 4) so pack accordingly!
Okay - major tips aside, let's get down to the nitty-gritty:
Any necessary medications in their original bottles. This includes over the counter medications as well. Inhalers must be in their box with a current prescription attached, and should be listed on the camper medical form.
Sleeping bag or bedroll - a sleeping bag is necessary for Next Level.
Pillow and pillowcase
Two towels - one beach, one bath
Two pairs of old shoes/sneakers - at least one pair needs to be solid tie shoes
River/creek shoes or old sneakers that you don't mind getting wet and muddy
T-shirts to last the week, and at least one sweatshirt
Shorts that are fingertip length (you don't want to try to wear a harness with too-short shorts, believe us)
Two pairs of jeans or long pants
Plenty of socks & underwear
A warm jacket
Rain gear - a poncho or a jacket
Swimsuit (no speedos or bikini's, one piece bathing suits are preferred but modest two pieces are acceptable)
Shower shoes/flip flops
Flashlight and extra batteries
Bug spray & sunscreen
Bible, notebook, & pen or pencil (any translation of the Bible is fine; we most commonly use the 1984 NIV)
Stationary & stamps
Caving clothes - if your camper opts to go caving, they MUST have long pants, a long sleeved shirt and old shoes. These clothes will get completely covered in mud.
Laundry bag for those really dirty clothes - a trash bag will work!
Camera - digital cameras are fine, please make sure they are well marked with your camper's name
A tub, suitcase or trunk for your belongings.
Don’t Bring This
Peanut or nut products
Candy, gum, soda or any other food product (they're not allowed in the cabins but can be sent as a care package)
Knives of any kind/size or any other weapon