Soundview Outdoor School

Today we began our orientation for our outdoor trip experience. This is a vital and exciting academic experience for all our middle schoolers! In their binder each of your children should have a copy of the parent information packet; please take a look at this at your earliest convenience. There are MANY specific details in there, but we wanted to be sure you had the packing list at your fingertips! So, here it is:

It is important to remember that you will be outdoors as much as possible during your stay at the center, so it is necessary that you come prepared. If you do not have some of the items don’t think that you need to buy them; you should substitute, improvise, or talk to your teacher. Prepare for the weather; it can be warm, cold, windy, rainy, sunny, or snowy at any time of year! Remember that you will be carrying your own luggage, so do not bring more items than you can carry.

Required Items:

• 1 small backpack

• 1 to 2 plastic 1-liter water bottles.

• Raincoat and pants (winter coat if appropriate)

• 1 hat (appropriate for season)

• warm gloves, scarf, etc. for cooler temperatures

• 5-6 pairs of socks

• 2 extra sweaters or sweatshirts

• 3-4 shirts, at least one long-sleeved

• 3 pairs long pants

• shoes that can get muddy

• extra shoes and a bag for the wet ones

• pajamas

• sunscreen

• bug spray

• lip protectant (ChapStick, Blistex, etc.)

• 1 towel and washcloth

• soap, toothbrush, toothpaste

• comb or brush

• sleeping bag or rolled up blankets and pillow

• extra plastic bags for wet shoes and dirty clothes

Optional Items

• camera

• binoculars

• reading books

Students should not bring

• snacks, food, drinks, gum, or candy

• Cell phones, CD players, iPods, mp3 players, electronic games, hair dryers, curling irons, or other electrical devices

• knives or weapons of any kind

We ask that packed bags be brought to school on Friday, so that we can check to make sure you have everything you need before the weekend.

If you have any questions about this list, or if you would like any more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with me at