Packing and Gear

Summer is just around the corner and there’s a lot of information about camp that we want to share. We encourage you to spend some time perusing the content on the six topics of our Parent Play-by-Play.

Parent Play-by-Play #5: Packing & Gear

We want to make packing for camp as easy as possible, which is why we’ve created a thorough packing list with sections for each Core Sport. Click here to download a PDF of the packing list.

What should my child pack?

Packing Information

The following information is meant to serve as a guide to help answer any questions about what your child should bring to camp. We encourage you to use your best judgment about your child’s needs in helping him or her to pack thoroughly, yet efficiently.

It is critical that you write your child’s name on all clothing and linens. Camp is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

For easy labeling, check out Label Daddy and use code “MACCABI”

Even though we provide laundry during the session, we still encourage campers to pack clothes for a minimum of 14 days. If your child is coming for Rookie Camp (10 days), adjust accordingly but note that laundry is not done during their time at camp. Given the active sports schedule, campers tend to need more than 1 shirt, socks, etc. for each day.

Shabbat Attire

On Friday evening of our Shabbat celebration, all campers and staff members are asked to dress in a clean, white shirt (polo, t-shirt, button down, etc.) Please note that you do not need to purchase new clothes for Shabbat; any clean, white shirt will suffice. Pants, shorts, and skirts do not need to be white.

On Saturdays, we have a tradition called Shabbat ShaJERSEY where our community puts on their favorite team’s jersey to create a rainbow of fandom. All jerseys are encouraged from your AYSO kit to the Authentic City Connect MLB Jersey. Wear those colors with pride!

Sports Equipment, Clothing, and Footwear

Campers will spend 3 hours each day at their Core Sport so it is essential that they have comfortable, appropriately fitting clothes for their sport. Shoes and cleats brought to camp should be broken in to ensure proper comfort and fit. Campers must wear appropriate clothing and footwear at all times.

In addition to the necessary gear for their specific Core Sport, we strongly encourage campers to bring gear for other sports, such as a baseball glove, cleats and/or tennis racquet.

See our Packing List in CampInTouch or download a PDF here for more information on what is recommended for each sport.

What items are not allowed at camp?

Items to Leave at Home

Linens & Bedding

This is a change from past years, so please read carefully.

All campers are required to bring their own bedding. Each camper can decide what that means. For some, a sleeping bag and pillow will suffice. Others may want sheets and a blanket. Regardless of your campers choice, its important to note nothing will be provided by camp or the university.

The mattresses at camp are twin XL (39” W x 80” L). In addition to a fitted sheet, campers should bring a top sheet and blanket or a sleeping bag. They will also need a pillow, pillowcase, and 2-3 towels (1-2 for showering and 1 for pool use.)

Forgotten Items

If your child forgot a necessary item, you can mail it to camp with “Forgotten Item” written clearly on the package and we will deliver it to your child.

Will my child be able to do laundry at camp?

Laundry Service

We provide laundry service to all campers, at no additional cost. Laundry will be done once during each session, approximately Day 9/10 for Session 1 and Day 6/7 for Session 2. Your camper should bring enough clothes to last 12-14 days. Keep in mind that campers are very active and may change clothes more than once each day, particularly items like socks and t-shirts. It is very likely that campers laundry will be bundled by room, so it is very important to label each item of your child’s clothing.

While we strive to provide excellent laundry service, we strongly discourage campers from bringing expensive clothes or items that require delicate or special care. Camp is not responsible for items lost during laundry.


The average daytime temperature at camp ranges from the mid-70’s to the high 80’s. It can be cooler in the evenings with the temperature dropping into the 50’s. Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other warm items are encouraged for pre-breakfast and post-dinner time.

Eye Care

If your child wears glasses or contacts, please send them with extras, as these items are occasionally broken or misplaced at camp.


At Maccabi Sports Camp one of our key goals is to help campers forge new friendships and connect with their cabin mates and counselors. We want every camper and counselor to be an active participant in the daily life of camp and to not simply attend each activity but be present for every activity.

In order to do this, we ask that camp remain a place for campers to “unplug” from the electronics that they use daily at home and at school.

We do not allow any devices that can make or receive a phone call; play a video game, DVD, or movie; access the internet; or send/receive email or instant messages. A general rule of thumb is: any device with a screen is not allowed. (The only exception to this is digital cameras and e-readers like a Kindle.)

Campers are allowed to bring small music devices without screens, such as the iPod shuffle. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

Other Policies

Please review the Parent Handbook in CampInTouch to review camp policies regarding bringing food, money & valuables to camp and drugs, alcohol & tobacco. We also encourage you to review Appendix I for the Terms & Conditions that you signed upon completion of the Camper Application.

To view all of the topics in the Parent Play-by-Play series, click here.

Josh Steinharter.

About author Josh Steinharter

Senior Director

Starting in 2005, Josh was the Athletic Program Manager for Youth & Coach Development at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, serving over 1,500 children annually through teams, classes, camps, and select-level sports. He also served as Delegation Head for Team San Francisco at the JCC Maccabi Games®. As co-creator of the JCCSF Fellowship in Sports Leadership, Josh helped develop and lead the teen program that taught leadership through the lens of coaching youth sports. In 2013, Josh founded Maccabi Sports Camp, the first Jewish overnight sports camp on the West Coast.

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