Clothing and equipment list

The list below is provided to campers but also applies to volunteers, as you will have an opportunity to go on one of the trips (if space is available) or explore the island in your free time. Bring comfortable working clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.


  • Jeans, slacks, and/or shorts
  • Parka or vest Sweater, sweatshirt or fleece
  • Shirts: long- and short-sleeved
  • Raincoat or poncho with rain hat/hood (essential for boat trips; have it on hand when you arrive, as you may need it on the boat ride going to the island.)
  • Sturdy rainpants
  • Comfortable walking shoes/hiking boots
  • Old sneakers or aquatic booties, Tevas or Keen-style watershoes for landing on islands.
  • Waterproof boots (for rainy weather and for walking in wet areas and on muddy trails)
  • Extra socks (warm ones)
  • Sun hat or hat with a brim
  • Warm, wool or stocking cap
  • Robe, sweats, or whatever to wear to a shared bathroom
  • Gloves and warm hat (recommended for June and Sept sessions)
  • Long underwear (June and September sessions)


  • Binoculars (for birding sessions and boat trips). You may also wish to bring a spotting scope if you have one. The staff will carry one or two on appropriate field trips and hikes.
  • Camera and accessories
  • Water bottle or canteen
  • Daypack
  • Flashlight or headlamp, extra batteries.
  • Alarm clock


  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol)
  • Mug or drinking cup for use on boat trips and for coffee or tea in dining room
  • Field guide to birds (see reading list or available in camp store)
  • Extra towel
  • Washcloth, soap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun lotion or sunscreen, lip balm (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Medications (include motion sickness medication for boat trips, if needed)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Small notebook and pen/pencil
  • Zip-lock plastic bags to protect notes and field guides in wet weather
  • Sleeping bag for cool weather sessions
  • Soap for hand washing laundry

NOTE:   There are no laundry facilities on Hog Island.

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