Sleep outside. Build fires. Laugh. Compete. Split wood. Tell stories. Make pals.
Talk to God. This weekend will be epic. We’re pumped you’re up for the adventure.
Getting Ready for Man Camp
Have a question beyond what’s covered here? Talk to your TEAM Leader. TEAM Leaders will be assigned after registration.
You’re carpooling with your unit to a place near Woodfield, Ohio. Details provided by TEAM Leader.
Communication & Emergency Plan
Generally, we’re off the grid during MAN CAMP. We’ll be turning off and collecting cell phones before we head out to the campsite.
If there’s an emergency at home: Before MAN CAMP, your Trip Captain will give you a phone number for your family to call in the event of an emergency.
If there’s an emergency at MAN CAMP: We’ll have a medical response team onsite, and a way to get you from the campsite to a hospital.
What to Pack
Everything you pack needs to fit into one duffel bag and one backpack. You’ll be hiking all your gear over a mile, so pack lightly.
CLOTHES. Two main ideas: keep yourself dry, and dress in layers. Extra socks, a jacket for night, a rain layer, etc. You’ll also want work boots, or something rugged enough to handle hiking in the woods all day.
TOILETRIES. You pretty much just need Wet Wipes (for pooping) and a towel (like a shammy, just in case). A toothbrush and toothpaste is sort of optional. Don’t bother with a razor. You probably don’t need deodorant, unless it’s that prescription deodorant.
FOOD. We’ll supply lunch on Saturday, as well as soda/water. Beyond that, you’ll need to bring your own—food for dinner Friday, Saturday breakfast and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Bring food that can be stored without refrigeration, and that doesn’t need a whole lot of prep time (unless you’re a campfire gourmet). Clif-Bars, jerky, cheese and crackers are all great options. You can coordinate with your TEAM ahead of time to cover different meals.
INDIVIDUAL CAMPING GEAR. Make sure you get ahold of all of this stuff:
A headlamp (a cheap one from Walmart is fine)
A folding camp chair for the campfire (a crappy tailgate chair is fine; fit it on top of your duffel bag, slipped between the handles)
A sleeping bag (a basic one will work; it’s only two nights)
A pad to go under your sleeping bag (if you don’t have one, Google “camp thermal break DIY” to find cheap ways to do this)
A cup for coffee/soda/water
A spork or other utensil
Earplugs (You’ll be surrounded by lots of snoring machines)
TEAM CAMPING GEAR. Make sure you’re covered with all these between everybody on your TEAM:
Lighter or waterproof matches
Trash bags (the big contractor sized bags)
A tarp (or two), along with bungees and/or rope, for building a lean-to for your unit in case it rains
OPTIONAL CAMPING GEAR. Bring this if you have it, and if you have room.
Jetboil or similar cooking system
WHAT NOT TO BRING.
Don’t bring a gun. We’ll have too many guys, and it’s completely unnecessary for this event.
Don’t bring power tools. They’re too heavy and bulky anyway.
How to make the most of your camping experience.
Moisture is the enemy of comfort. Keep that in mind as you make choices. There are no dryers. What gets wet, stays wet. What is wet is cold and miserable.
Wear good water resistant or waterproof shoes.
Pooping outside is glorious and natural. Always face uphill and use a wide stance (falling in is bad). Take a couple of wet wipes with you to clean up.
If it is super cold, a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water (heated by Jetboil or the fire in a pot) will make your sleeping bag super comfy. Just heat the water, dump it in the Nalgene (close the lid tightly) and throw that into the foot of your bag when you get in. Don’t do this until you are 100% ready to go to sleep, you want to soak up as much heat as possible. Don’t heat a plastic bottle or a bottle with a plastic closure by the fire. It could easily develop a leak and your bag will be wet and miserable all night.
Pro-tip: Throw the clothes you’re going to wear in the morning into the bottom of your bag too (not between you and the Nalgene). They will help keep the heat in the bag and they will be toasty for the morning.
If it is going to rain or snow, Cotton is the enemy. Wear synthetic items if possible.
Do not place your tents super close to the fire. Sparks can reach them but heat cannot. Sparks can ruin a tent quickly.
Always stake the tent down (even if it isn’t windy).
Always put on the rain fly securely (even if it doesn’t look like rain).
Always keep the doors zipped shut unless you are actively accessing the tent. You don’t want to sleep with all sorts of critters and bugs.
Always place your tent on the most level ground you can find. If the ground is not level… place the “head” of your bedroll at the highest point.
Locate your headlamp and have it with you before dark.
Make sure that anything you bring (clothes, gear, etc) is as versatile and multi-functional as possible. It is much better to bring 5 things than to bring 25 things.
Don’t put food inside your tent unless you want a nighttime visitor with paws. Most tents have a “vestibule” which is a spot covered by the rainfly outside of the sleeping area where you can store items.
Put all trash into a trash bag immediately. Things will blow around and get scattered very quickly.
If you go to bed first, put in your earplugs. Tents do not block sound. The rest of your group should not be expected to get super quiet since you chose to call it a night.