What to Bring
Suggested Clothing and Equipment
Khaki is always appropriate, but isn’t required during camp for campers who have not participated in the Cadet Command Workshop. Blue jeans and t-shirts are popular and practical. Long sleeve shirts and pants are required on all hikes. Be prepared for cool days and rainy weather.
The weather at most every camp includes some cold temperatures and substantial rain. Appropriate raingear is required. Participants must have a waterproof rain jacket (not just poncho), rain pants and waterproof boots. Please note that Shambhala Sun Summer Camp staff reserves the right to refuse entrance to camp to any participant who arrives with no rain gear.
Pocket knives are forbidden at camp by Colorado state law and will be confiscated until the end of camp, if brought. Please leave pocket knives at home in Nova Scotia and Europe as well.
No personal snacks allowed at Sun Camp in Colorado due to issues raised in past camps, and in order to discourage four legged visitors, Colorado now observes a no personal food policy. In case of extreme dietary concerns, the staff will keep personal snacks for campers in a safe location. Healthy snacks can be bought to other camps, but please do not pack large quantities of candy or soda – there is plenty of food and snack provided at camp, and specific commissary times for sweets.
Campers in possession of alcohol or drugs will face expulsion.
These things will help you have a comfortable camp
Pack belongings in a large plastic container
Light Jacket or sweater
Two or more comfortable pairs of shoes
Usual toilet articles, plus chapstick and sunscreen
Cap or hat
Warm sleeping bag and two warm blankets
Pillow and extra pillow case
Single fitted sheet
Raincoat with hood – waterproof and zippable
Rain boots or waterproof footwear
Canteen with belt and case
Flashlight and extra batteries
Well broken in hiking boots
Small knapsack for day trips (CCW participants should be prepared for an overnight)
Paper and pen
Costume for skit night
Cadet Command Workshop Uniform Requirements
At the Cadet Command Workshop (CCW) all participants will be required to wear the full cadet uniform for the program. They are also expected to be in uniform throughout the Shambhala Sun Summer Camp.
It is mandatory that you bring the following uniform items
Sun Camp or Cadet cap (replacements can be purchased at camp for $15)
Sun Camp or Cadet pin (replacements can be purchased at camp for $5)
Button down short sleeve or long sleeve khaki shirts – at least 2 recommended
Khaki trousers – at least 2 recommended
Sun Camp T-shirts or light, natural-colored T-shirts
Green web belt and canteen
Black combat boots (hiking boots accepted)
Thin khaki web belt
These items can be purchased at any army/navy store, second-hand clothing stores, etc. Uniforms have a powerful effect on our body, speech and mind. They also have a profound effect on the Sun Camp mandala. Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche once said that wearing the Kasung uniform is a way to invoke Drala and provoke wakefulness in both the wearer and the observer.
DCL Specific Packing Information
Due to frequent cold nights, it is absolutely mandatory for every participant to bring an EXTRA blanket (in addition to the participant’s sleeping bag).
If the participant does not bring an additional blanket, one will have to be purchased at registration and additional costs for this will be charged. So please, bring your own.
Khaki is always appropriate, but isn’t required. Blue jeans and t-shirts are popular and practical. Long sleeve shirts and pants are required on all hikes. Be prepared for: hot days and cool days with rainy weather. Good, effective rain gear is essential at camp. The night temperature in Dechen Choling can drop drastically, so absolutely make sure to pack a good sleeping bag and extra blanket to avoid your child getting sick on camp.
There will be a one time commissary during camp where participants can buy candy or sodas for €2.
Please make sure your child has money.
Clothing: Personal Items:
* Warm coat
* Light Jacket or sweater
* Heavy shirts
* Warm shirts
* Light shirts
* Heavy pants
* Extra Socks
* Extra underwear
* Two or more comfortable pairs of shoes
* Towels, washcloths
* Laundry bag
* Usual toilet articles plus chapstick and sunscreen
* Warm sleeping bag and warm blanket
* Inflatable mattress or stretcher
* Pillow and extra pillow case
* Poncho or raincoat with hood
* Canteen with belt and case
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* Well broken in hiking boots
* Rubber Boots / Rain Boots
* Small backpack for day trips