What to Bring

2019 Info to come...
2018 Info below:

PLEASE READ TO THE BOTTOM – Including “What NOT to bring” and OUR expectations of YOU

In order to maintain the community spirit of the skillshare, we encourage attendees to join us for the entire event.  Please arrive Friday evening to set up your camp and enjoy entertainment. Registration opens at 7pm to check everyone in who has arrived.  Evening entertainment begins around 7pm. 

Our first meal together will be Saturday morning for breakfast. If you come hungry Friday please bring your own food (except set-up crew Friday – we feed dinner to our set-up volunteers at 6pm).

Read our full food plan here to prepare.

Please check the weather and pack accordingly. If you forget something, you can probably borrow it from an organizer or neighbor. Don’t be afraid to ask!

There is cell reception at Camp Whitewood, but we do encourage you to GO SCREENLESS!  Take a break and connect to nature.


The most important thing to bring is a fun, flexible, family-friendly attitude!

What to Bring

  • Plates, bowls, and silverware for your family (yes we need you to bring your own utensils)
  • Mug and/or water bottle 
  • Food for lunch and snacks (see Food plan for details)
  • Tent and ground cloth (if tent camping)
  • Hammock with tree-friendly straps (if hammocking) – trees cannot be damaged
  • Sleeping bag, pad, and pillow
  • Linens, pillows, sheets (if you rented a cabin)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Comfortable clothes for walking, sitting, dancing, doing yoga, etc. (please bring layers and check the weather)
  • Musical instruments!
  • Camp chairs
  • Blanket or mat (for sitting, yoga, massage)
  • Tarps
  • Comfortable water-friendly shoes
  • Raingear
  • Hat or scarf
  • Towel, toiletries (soap, shampoo) and other care items (preferably biodegradable)
  • Cash for workshops w/materials fee and for on-site vendors (who are workshop instructors)
  • Cooler, ice
  • Personal medications, supplements, etc. (please talk to our medics when you arrive if you have any conditions we need to be aware of like bee sting allergies)
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera

What NOT to Bring

All of these are prohibited at Camp Whitewood

  • Pets – If you bring any non-human animals we WILL turn you away at the door. Trained service animals, as defined by the ADA, may be allowed with prior approval. Contact us to ask(note: instructors who need animals for workshops are to communicate with the Workshop Coordinator)
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Illegal substances
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking substances
  • Firewood (we have plenty of approved wood)

Norms & Conservation - Please read through OUR expectations of YOU

We are excited that you’re here and we want you to learn, have a blast, relax, work hard, and enjoy new experiences that help you grow to be the best version of yourself.  We also want to make sure that you allow plenty of space for everyone else here to be able to do the same.

With that in mind, the organizing team has learned a lot about how to make sure people feel safe emotionally and physically during the gathering.  This list has been compiled through years of experience and suggestions. It is intended as an ongoing collaborative agreement between everyone here to provide the safest learning environment possible, while recognizing the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized among us.  

Drink water, about 4 times as much as you would if you weren’t spending all day outdoors in August.  Feeling thirsty is the first sign of dehydration.  Know the other signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion:  dizziness, confusion, headache, fainting, fatigue, profuse sweating, rapid heartbeat.

Wear sunscreen or protective clothing.  

Wear your shoes and have your kids wear their shoes.  We get it, this one’s hard. Our kids are probably not wearing their shoes right now.  Our medics treat a lot of foot injuries. Snakes bite when you step on them in the dark.

Check for ticks at least once every 12 hours.  Check your kids for ticks. Check your friends for ticks.  Have someone check you for ticks. Gain consent and check everywhere.  Remove a tick by grabbing it as close to your skin as possible and pulling it straight out.  Burning, twisting, or doing anything else you might have heard about to the tick will cause it to regurgitate its diseases into you.

Wash your hands before meals, after the toilet, as often as possible.  If you touch poison ivy, wash with soap and water. Don’t use soap in the lakes or in the streams.

Close the lid of every toilet you use every time you use it.  Then wash your hands. This is super important to break the cycle of feces> flies>food> gastrointestinal illness.

Please see a medic if you or your companion ends up sunburned, covered in ticks, dehydrated, heat exhausted, sick or hurt in any way.  These things happen. We have water, sun protection, bandages, non-chemical bug repellent, and basic herbal and over the counter remedies.  We will care for y’all compassionately and without judgement.

Care for each other.

Ask before you touch someone.  Then, wait for their response.  Do not proceed without a “yes.” Example:  “Can I give you a hug?” “Yes, please!” or, “No, I don’t want that.”  No always means no. Good consent is sometimes a little awkward to learn at first.  It’s worth it.

Don’t be naked. Camp Whitewood is not a clothing-optional venue.

Be respectful of other people’s identities.  This means not assuming you know someone’s abilities or interests based on your perception of their appearance.  Ask someone what pronouns they use before using them. Avoid identity specific terms for people you don’t know. Avoid cultural appropriation.  Unsure about what this means? Please attend the workshop about cultural appropriation – identified on the Workshop Schedule.

Don’t teach someone else’s workshop.  You may know way more about the topic than the instructor.  We know. We designed it that way. We have workshop leaders of all levels of knowledge and skill, and we like to provide opportunities to help people grow into teaching roles.  Please help them by applying to teach your great ideas next year.

Don’t be intoxicated in any way. Smoking is also not allowed at Camp Whitewood.

Respect the quiet hours.  We ask that any sound above conversational level be over and done with by midnight.  Any sound at conversational level should take place away from where people are sleeping.

There is a designated “Late Night Camp” on the map for those intending to stay up late around a campfire. We still request those campers follow these rules.

Conservation Camp

Camp Whitewood proudly operates under principles that limit our impact to local ecosystems.  This means:

  • No outside fire wood is permitted (the camp supplies us firewood from their own downed trees). 
  • Everything that is carried in must be carried out.
  • Trash and recyclables are to be deposited in appropriate receptacles.
  • Food must be kept in sealed containers to not attract wildlife (esp overnight).
  • Natural flora and fauna (plants and wildlife) of the area must not be disturbed so that it may be preserved for future generations of campers. -This is especially important on hiking trails – no distrubance is allowed.
  • Native artifacts, fossils, points (arrowheads), stonework or other artifacts found on the property must be reported, preserved and/or surrendered to Camp Director.
  • Use of off-road vehicles is strictly prohibited.
  • Swimmers are allowed on the lake only when a certified lifeguard is on duty.

Zero Waste Event

  • Reeds & Roots is a zero waste event
  • Compost, recycling, and trash collection will be available.
  • We are responsible for the waste we bring to camp, and create at the skillshare.  Please plan to pack out everything you pack in.
  • More info available during morning circle and Zero Waste workshop.

Please talk with a Reeds & Roots organizer about any concerns you may have about anything on this list or anything we may have left out.  We are here to help.