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White Stag Sierra



Official White Stag Camp of Northern California – Founded in 1958

What to bring to camp

White Stag Sierra is a team-oriented, demanding outdoors summer camp experience. We’ve found that the gear listed below is enough for a week at camp. All group equipment is supplied.

2017 Record Snow

Note: Temperatures at Camp Cole during July typically range from 42-82° F. It rains an average of 1/2 inch during July.

Given the record amount of snow during 2017, it’s likely there will still be some scattered snow in camp, and cooler temperatures may prevail. Candidates should:

  • Wear hiking books suitable for walking through wet or muddy conditions.
  • Bring at least seven pairs of socks. The rivers and streams are running high, and your feet will get wet!
  • Bring clothing to stay warm during potentially cool evenings and nights.

Past weather

Sun 7/10 Mon 7/11 Tue 7/12 Wed 7/13 Thu 7/14 Fri 7/15 Sat 7/16
2016 Actual Temp 63°/49° 70°/53° 72°/56° 80°/61° 81°/67° 81°/66° 76°/63°
Historical Average 81°/48° 81°/48° 81°/48° 82°/48° 82°/48° 82°/48° 82°/48°

Specific equipment

Bring only the gear listed below. You must be ready to carry everything you bring on a hike. Choose the quality and type of gear you bring carefully. If you’re new to camping, you may be able to rent some of your equipment like a backpack or sleeping bag.

Put name tags in clothing and on gear to make it easier to return if lost. We are not responsible for any lost, damaged or misplaced items.

Required personal equipment

Find a 2-person backpacking tent that’s lightweight and durable.

All personal gear must be brought to camp packed in a backpack except that you may pack some personal gear in a day pack. Buying gear for the first time? Read about best equipment choices for summer camp.

Note: Do not bring personal electronics of any kind, including cell phones. Non-essential items will be held for you and stored for safekeeping until graduation.

Bring to camp list

Download and print the PDF file Bring to Camp List.

[ ] Sack lunch for first day
[ ] Frame or frameless backpack (adjusted to fit)
[ ] 3-season backpacking sleeping bag (rated to 32°F)
[ ] Three-season backpacking tent (1-2 person, with ground sheet or waterproof bottom)
[ ] Lightweight sleeping pad
[ ] Day pack
[ ] Personal meal kit (spoon, fork, plate, bowl, cup)
[ ] 1 large, 1 medium trash bag
[ ] Toilet kit: (bagged)

[ ] Toothbrush, toothpaste
[ ] Shampoo & soap
[ ] Comb / brush / hair ties
[ ] Washcloth & towel
[ ] Emergency medications / inhaler (prescription only)\
[ ] 3 days supply toilet paper (bagged)
[ ] Females only: personal care items

[ ] Compass
[ ] Durable canteen / water bottles (2 qt. total)
[ ] Personal first aid kit (small)
[ ] Small flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
[ ] Sunscreen, insect repellent, lip balm
[ ] Pens and pencils
[ ] Sewing kit
[ ] Small pocket knife
[ ] Dunk bag
[ ] Clothing: (No camouflage; bagged)

[ ] Sturdy pants (2 pair.)
[ ] Hiking/walking shorts (no more than 4 inches above the knee)
[ ] T-shirts (2)
[ ] Underwear (min. 3 pair)
[ ] Swimsuit (girls: one piece preferred)
[ ] Lightweight socks (2 pair)
[ ] Heavyweight socks (2 pair)
[ ] Pajamas (or thermal underwear / synthetic base layer)

[ ] Warm jacket
[ ] Rain gear (lightweight)
[ ] Hiking boots (broken in)
[ ] Sneakers
[ ] Flip flops / sandals (for shower only)

Optional personal equipment

[ ] Camera (with extra batteries—NO cell phones)
[ ] 6-8 snack/food bars
[ ] Sunglasses
[ ] Hat (with brim)
[ ] Backpacking type pillow
[ ] Small amount laundry detergent for hand washing clothes