What your child will need.

Pack everything your child may need for the week. Camp provides the food and the fun! Please put your child’s name, in BOLD and CAPITOL letters…on everything! If you have any questions about the “what to bring” list, please let us know. If you do not have a specific item, please call the child life specialist and we will try to find one for your child to use!

Your child will spend a week at one of the most premier camp facilities in the state. Camp John Marc has all the bells and whistles which no doubt bring a smile to every campers that steps off the bus. Ensure you child is comfy with proper bedding, linens, clothes and shoes and we’ll do the rest.

Suggested items – not all are required

  • 2 sets of sheets and 1 blanket (twin bed) OR 1 sleeping bag
  • Pillow and pillow case
  • 8 pairs of shorts and shirts
  • 8 -10 pairs of underwear and socks
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit
  • Laundry bag
  • Tennis shoes (*2 pair if possible – must be closed heel and closed toe)
  • Rubber sandals or flip-flops (for swimming pool use only)
  • Towels (for shower and swimming pool)
  • Jeans or sweat pants (for horseback riding)
  • Flashlight
  • Self-care items (soap, shampoo, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.)

*For safety reasons, campers are not allowed to wear open-toed shoes which means, no sandals and no flip-flops.
**Camp has items that are available if you forgot or do not have them. Send your kid and we’ll take care of the rest!

What to leave at home

Cell phones/CD/IPODs: In order to encourage interaction with other campers and participation in camp activities, we ask that campers not bring these items to camp. Camp Esperanza will not be held responsible for any lost items.

Shaving cream & silly string: We realize that these items may be considered by some to be an important part of camp. However, to protect the property of our campers and Camp John Marc, we ask that shaving cream and Silly String not be brought to camp. (If you’re child needs these items to shave, they are allowed to bring these items.)

Valuables and nice clothes: Camp is full of fun and activities and can be very messy at times. Please do not send your campers with any valuables (Gameboys, jewelry, electronics, etc.) or with clothes that cannot get dirty. It is easy for campers to lose track of their belongings in the midst of fun and excitement. Counselors do their best to send campers home with what they brought to camp. However, it is essential to put your camper’s name on everything. Please understand that occasionally items do get lost.

What To Expect at Camp!

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This year was the best!! Y’ll always do an awesome job at getting set up! Every year at camp always impacts me because I’m around people who are just like me!


Camp was absolutely amazing. I loved it to the fullest!


Crazy! Awesome! Super funny! I had the time of my life at the Disco Party! Very cool!


Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.
– Unknown