What gear should I bring?

Double debris hut

Double debris hut at the Bear Den Camp in Oregon

Since all of our week-long programs are held in a semi-remote wilderness camp you will need to attend with the following REQUIRED items:

  • Personal tent
  • Warm sleeping bag (temperatures can easily fall below 32 degrees even during summer)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Ground cloth or tarp for under tent
  • Water bottle (to be carried at all times)
  • Eating utensils (plate, cup, bowl, and silverware)
  • Re-usable lunch bag/container
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, brush or comb
  • Soap, shampoo (biodegradable only please)
  • Other toiletry items as needed – contact lens solution, etc.
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Jacket or heavy wool sweater
  • Two pairs of shoes, sneakers or boots (one to stay dry, one to get wet)
  • Long pants (preferably not cotton)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • A 3-5 inch, sharp, non-folding, sheathed knife (with signed parental approval if under 18)
  • Bandana
  • Wool cap or hat
  • 1 pair synthetic long underwear top and bottom
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • 5’x5′ section of mosquito netting (available at most fabric and outdoor stores)


  • Wool blanket
  • Camera and film
  • Notebook and pens
  • Journal
  • Reading materials
  • Stationery, stamps and mailing envelopes

Please Do Not Bring:

  • Any Electronics (radio, MP3 player, video recorders, etc. – cell phones permissible)
  • Anything that cannot get wet or dirty
  • Valuables
  • Soft drinks or any other high content sugary drinks
  • Candy

If possible, we recommend a hydration pack so each participant can carry his or her water at all times. Dehydration at some of our camp elevations is common. We supply many items in our Coyote Den School Store, let us know what you need and we will glad to help.