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Weekend Retreat Packing List

Weekend Retreat Packing List

Ponderosa Summer Camp - Packing List

All Campers:

  • Bible, notebook & pen/pencil

  • Sleeping bag or sheets for a twin mattress. A twin-size fitted sheet is recommended for added comfort to cover your vinyl mattress, even if you use a sleeping bag and Pillow.

  • Blanket

  • Bath Towels: 2 or more are recommended. (be sure to label them with a permanent marker or embroidery)

  • Toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant

  • Optional: Hairdryer, straightener, etc.

  • Casual, modest clothing. Check the weather for Mentone, AL, and pack accordingly. See Dress Code.

  • Tennis/athletic shoes

  • Optional Items: fishing gear, flashlight, raincoat, bug spray, sunscreen, a camera with your name in permanent marker (if you choose to bring a digital camera, Ponderosa cannot be responsible for damage, lost, or stolen property. You can choose to purchase our Souvenir Photo Album instead of bringing a camera.)

  • TEEN WEEK CAMPERS (also need the following):

    • Black or camouflage clothes and face paint for the "God's Smugglers" night game.

Dress Code - Focusing on Modesty and Spiritual Growth!

Dear Campers and Parents, We are excited to welcome you to Ponderosa Bible Camp, a place where you can fully embrace your journey with Jesus! To ensure a distraction-free environment where we can all focus on our spiritual growth, we kindly ask you to adhere to our friendly and modest dress code. Remember, "Modesty is our Policy," and together, we can create an atmosphere that honors God and encourages meaningful connections.

Here are a few Dress Code guidelines to follow:

•Waistlines: No crop tops. Let's avoid visible waistlines (front or back) to maintain a respectful appearance.

• Underwear: To ensure everyone feels comfortable, please keep underwear hidden from sight.

• Leggings or Yoga Pants: If you choose to wear leggings or yoga pants, pairing them with an oversized shirt is the best option. Make sure your shirt adequately covers your rear end.

• Oversized T-Shirts: If you wear an oversized T-shirt with shorts, ensure that your shorts come several inches below the longest part of your shirt.

• Tops: Strapless shirts and crop tops are not allowed. Tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, and racerback tops are acceptable as long as they don't open low under the arm and show your bra.

Remember, our dress code is designed to foster an environment of respect and encourage a deeper connection with God. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain a positive atmosphere for everyone.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to reach out to our friendly staff.


What NOT to bring
Do not bring Electronics, Tablets, Knives, or Vapes.

**Digital cameras are permitted if they are not attached to a phone or tablet, but Ponderosa cannot be responsible for loss, damage, or theft. Bring at your own risk.


Cell Phone Policy

At Ponderosa Bible Camp, we prioritize creating an immersive and focused camp experience for all our campers. To ensure that campers fully engage in the activities, build meaningful connections, and embrace the natural environment, we have established a cell phone policy. This policy aims to promote a technology-free atmosphere while also addressing emergency situations effectively.

  1. Phone Collection: a. Upon check-in, all campers are required to turn off their cell phones and submit them to our camp staff in the Office. Phones will be securely stored until the end of the week.

  2. Prohibited Possession: a. Campers are strictly prohibited from having cell phones or any other electronic communication devices in their possession throughout their stay at Ponderosa Bible Camp. b. If a camper is found with a cell phone, it will be confiscated by our staff and held until the end of the camp session.

  3. Repeat Offenders: a. Campers who have been identified as repeat offenders, having violated the cell phone policy in previous camp sessions, will be sent home at their own expense.

  4. Emergency Situations: a. In case of a genuine emergency where a camper needs to contact their family, they will be granted permission to use the camp phone under the supervision of a staff member. b. Campers should approach a staff member and explain the situation to request the use of the camp phone. Staff will assess the validity of the emergency and provide assistance accordingly.

  5. Phone Return: a. Phones will be returned to campers on Sunday morning after chapel. b. Campers should be present at the designated return time to collect their phones. c. Any phones not collected by the end of the camp session will be securely stored until the camper's departure.

Note: Ponderosa Bible Camp and its staff will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen cell phones. We encourage campers and their families to secure their belongings appropriately and take personal responsibility for their devices.

By adhering to the cell phone policy, campers contribute to an atmosphere of unity, focus, and enjoyment during their time at Ponderosa Bible Camp. We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining a technology-free environment and fostering an enriching camp experience for everyone involved.

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