Preparing for Camp

What should campers pack?

Items frequently get dirty or misplaced at camp – please leave irreplaceable items at home.  Camp Al-Gon-Quian counselors do their best to help kids keep track of their items, but things are inevitably lost every year.  Please LABEL all items brought to camp.


  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Sweatshirts or sweaters
  • Light jacket
  • Shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Jeans/Long Pants
  • Boots/hard sole shoes (for horseback riding)
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suits
  • Rain gear

Extra Needs

  • Flashlight
  • Sun block
  • Bug spray (although long sleeves usually work just as well)


  • Pillow & case
  • Sheets
  • Sleeping bag or two blankets

Toilet Articles

  • Beach towels
  • Wash clothes
  • Bath towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower Shoes/Sandals
  • Soap
  • Feminine Products
  • Shampoo (biodegradable preferred)

Optional Equipment

  • Baseball glove
  • Lacrosse stick
  • Cards
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading Material
  • Journal
  • Laundry or garbage bag for dirty/wet items
  • Envelopes and Stamps

What items are NOT allowed at camp?

Electronic devices can detract from the benefits of being in a natural environment. Therefore, campers may bring a fan, clock, and a blow dryer, but should not bring electronic games (this includes the iPod touch or similar), cell phones, laptop computers or PDAs. iPods, MP3 players and CD players maybe brought to camp at your own risk, however, will only be permitted to be used in the cabin. Campers should also avoid bringing good jewelry, money or irreplaceable items. If it is discovered your child has any of these items after you leave, the items will be placed in the camp safe for the duration of the camper’s stay. If a camper brings any of these items to camp and they are left in the cabin, we are not responsible for loss or damage.

Where is Camp Al-Gon-Quian? How do I get there?

map to camp

The camp is located on the southwest shore of Burt Lake. From Ann Arbor, take 23 North to I-75; I-75 North to exit 310, Indian River (M-68). At the end of the exit ramp turn left (west) and follow the signs toward Petoskey. Take a left turn at the stoplight at Ken’s Market, and a right at the stop light by Vivio’s Restaurant and BP. Camp is located about 4 miles on the right after Vivio’s.

What should I do if my camper has special food needs?

Please be sure to note any special food needs on your camper’s health form, and notify the camp office at least one month in advance if your camper has any food allergies. Sessions I and II will be peanut-free. Accommodations will be made for children with food allergies in other sessions, but other sessions will not be nut-free environments.  Vegetarian options are offered at every meal.

What should I do if my camper wants to bunk with a friend?

Campers may request to be housed with a friend if they wish. The request is required to appear on both campers’ cabinmate request forms, which are mailed with the parent planner shortly after registration. Sometimes, one camper requests another without discussing it first. If the request is not agreeable with both children (and their parents), it can create an unhappy situation between all parties on arrival day. Please communicate all requests in advance with other families to make sure everyone gets off to a good start the first day of camp.

Housing requests that exceed two children (such as four children requesting each to be in the same cabin) may not be honored. When two campers of different ages request to bunk together, the older camper will be placed in the younger bunk if, in our opinion, the age differential is not too significant. Please remember that even if two campers are not in the same cabin, there are many opportunities for them to spend time together at camp.

How much money should I deposit into my camper’s store account?

Camp Al-Gon-Quian’s store is open to your child at specific times during the camp session. The store contains items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, snacks and souvenirs. In addition, trail rides, optional day trips, and stay-over laundry are charged to your camper’s store account.

Please note that we have eliminated caffeinated beverages from our store. To avoid problems, all money is kept in the campers’ store accounts during their stays. As your child purchases items, the amount is deducted from the total. We suggest depositing at least $40 for each week your child is at camp.

These items are most commonly purchased by campers:

Camp T-Shirt $15-20           Trail Ride $12     Day Trips $12-30

Camp Sweatshirt $26-30      Snacks $1-2      Laundry: $8 a load

What if my camper takes a medication?

If you send medication of any kind to camp with your camper, it must be clearly marked, in the original container, with the camper’s full name, exact description of contents and complete instruction for dosage. Please be thorough when you fill out your camper's health forms.  All medication will be kept and handled by the camp health officer for the duration of the camp session. Unmarked medication will not be dispensed. Please make sure there is enough medication to last the duration of the session. Please have all medication accessible so you can give them to the health officer at the check-in table. No medication will be permitted in the cabins. Medications will normally be distributed at meal times and before lights out. 

What if my camper has an emergency medication (EpiPen, inhaler, etc.)?

If your child is required to carry an emergency inhaler or epi-pen, please send a total of two to camp, one to be kept with your child and a second to be kept in the emergency medications cabinet. This ensures the medical staff will always have access to the emergency medication in case of an emergency. 

What is the lice policy at camp?

Camp Al-Gon-Quian requires children to be lice-free to attend camp. This includes no live lice and no nits within ¼ inch of the scalp. We ask parents to check their camper two weeks prior to the session and again within 48 hours of the session starting. A letter and Lice Free Confirmation form will be sent to your home two weeks prior to your child’s session to remind you to complete the lice check. The Lice Free Confirmation form states that you have checked your child for head lice, both two weeks and 48 hours prior to the start of his or her session, and that they are lice free. We require a completed form, with signature, to be turned in when dropping your child off, either at the bus or at camp.

When a child arrives at camp, the camp nurse, health officer or health staff member will screen all campers for head lice and nits. If it is discovered that a camper has head lice or nits at camp, their parents are responsible for providing the transportation home for their child that same evening. It is Camp Al-Gon-Quian’s policy not to treat children with head lice or nits at camp. The camper will be readmitted only after proper lice treatment, and are required to be rechecked by the camp nurse or health officer to confirm that he or she is lice/nit free. No refunds will be issued for children unable to participate in the camp program due to lice or nits. Rescheduling to another session may not be possible, as availability is limited.

What should I do if my child sometimes wets the bed?

Our staff is trained to deal with bedwetting discreetly. Please notify your child’s counselor at check in and on the camper information form. Our staff will work with your child in the same preventative manner that is used at home (bedtime voiding, avoiding liquids after a certain hour, or "Good Nights"). Campers should be instructed to ask their counselor for help and every effort will be made to prevent bedwetting. While we do have washing facilities on camp, we suggest parents consider sending extra pajamas and sleeping bag if you believe your child may experience bedwetting while at camp.

Can my camper bring his or her cell phone to camp?

We have a NO CELL PHONE POLICY at camp. Aside from the fact that cell phones are expensive and can get lost or stolen and that the physical camp environment is not kind to such items, there is a fundamental problem with campers having cell phones at camp, and that is trust. As children learn to trust other caring adults, they learn, little by little, to solve some of their own challenges. We believe this emerging independence is one of the greatest benefits of camp. Telephone usage by campers is counterproductive to this process. Please be our partner in helping to develop strong, independent young people by not sending your child to camp with a cell phone. It’s kind of weird to think about, but this opportunity could be one of the only times in your child’s life when he or she is not connected by cell phone. Leaving phones at home allows campers to focus on being a kid and being 100 percent at camp.

Counsel your child that if he or she needs to call home, he or she should speak with his or her counselor, the head counselor or the director. Rest assured that parents will be contacted if any problems arise if your child is experiencing a challenge in his or her adjustment to camp.