What To Bring to Sierra Camp
ISKA membership card, to show at registration. (You can sign up on the spot for $35.)
Notebook and pen/pencil: The ISKA summer camp is a teaching camp. There will be things you will want to write down after each session.
Karate uniform and belt. The ISKA standard is a plain white gi with the ISKA patch on the left breast. (Patches will be available at the camp for $5.) If your usual uniform is different, that's OK. Always have your mouthguard and groin cup in your kit.
Sports Bra to wear under uniform. (Females only, of course). A white T-shirt is OK, but hot.
Daytime clothes: It is warm in the daytime. Shorts, T-shirts.
Nighttime clothes: It gets VERY COLD at night. Warm coat/sweater/sweatshirt. Long pants.
Extra underwear: The Saturday afternoon workout gets pretty hot and sweaty. You will want to shower and change before dinner.
Tennis shoes/socks for running; also sandals or beach shoes to wear between sessions and in the bath facilities.
Swim suit: Beth says there’s a swimming hole. Ice-cold creek. Nice.
Insect repellant: Mosquitos come to visit about 6 pm.
Sun block: Up in the mountains it is easy to sunburn. Saturday afternoon is sunny and hot.
Toiletries: Shaving, toothbrush/paste, washcloth, towel(s), deodorant, shampoo, soap, lotion, etc. Routine medications (with written instructions from the parent if a minor comes with a group). Think about aspirin, bandaids, and other minor first-aid items.
Sleeping bag, pillow. It gets VERY COLD at night. If no sleeping bag, then three blankets. No linens are provided.
Snacks, drinks, etc. Meals are provided, and water, but not soda and snacks. Anisa recommends bringing some foam cups. Beth says bring a water bottle.
Flashlight and extra batteries. We sometimes take a walk in the forest after dark.
A good idea for groups that include children is to bring board games, playing cards. There are basketball and volleyball courts, and a large grassy area. Don't forget your basketballs/volleyballs/soccer balls/etc...
Camera and extra film/batteries/digital storage card. Anisa says, "Precious memories will be made here." She's right.
Money! There are ISKA souvenirs for sale at the camp. Budget $25-50 for T-shirts and books, patches, posters, etc...
Last but not least:
f there is room, bring a folding camp chair. There aren't many places to sit comfortably and your feet get tired.