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Badlands Science Camp

Summer in the badlands can get very hot, often reaching 30-40 degrees Celsius (86-100 degrees Fahrenheit) during July and August. On the other hand, cloudy, rainy, or windy days can be quite cool. Take a look at the Camp Packing List for the items that campers should, and should not, bring to Camp.

NOTE: Every camper is provided with a special Science Camp hat, which he or she must wear at all times for security reasons.

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Camp Packing List

We recommend bringing clothing and gear suitable for a wide range of conditions. A large backpack, duffle bag, or 30L plastic tote works best. Suitcases with rollers or wheels cannot be dragged through the dirt and rocks.


  • Sleeping bag rated to 0° Celsius or colder. It can get quite cool at night. (NOTE: We have a few extra blankets at Camp, as well as a few extra sleeping bags)
  • Pillow


IMPORTANT: Please bring a supply of mosquito repellent. Products containing DEET (Muskol, Deep Woods OFF, etc.) are the most effective.

  • Water bottles (2)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Flashlight (essential for nighttime trips to the toilet)
  • Towel
  • Laundry bag (a plastic garbage bag will work)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, comb, etc.)
  • Medications (NOTE: All meds except Asthma puffers and Epipens must be left with the Camp Coordinator.)
  • Small backpack (needed to carry rain jacket, indoor shoes, swim suit and towel, and water bottles)


  • Indoor shoes (for rainy or muddy days)
  • Outdoor shoes (sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended) *Note: for safety reasons, do not bring sandals, “Crocs,” flip flops, or any open toed shoes to Camp.
  • Rubber boots (essential in rainy weather)
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • T-shirts (NOTE: every camper receives a special Badlands Science Camp T-shirt)
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Underwear
  • Rain jacket (essential)
  • Rain pants
  • Pajamas
  • Swim suit (essential)
  • Toque and mittens  


  • Books
  • Camera
  • Journal
  • Inflatable camp air mattress for added warmth and comfort

What Not to Bring

  • Gift Shop money
  • Electronic games
  • iPods or MP3 players (Note: for security purposes, cell phones will be allowed, but with the understanding that Science Camp and the Royal Tyrrell Museum are not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen cell phones. Also, as at school, if cell phone use becomes a distraction, Camp staff will have campers store their phones in the classroom cabinet during classroom activities.)
  • Gum, candy, or food* (these attract mice)
  • Valuables**
  • Knives
  • Matches or lighters
  • Hair dryers or curling irons (there is no electricity at Camp)
  • Musical instruments

*Special needs foods will be kept in our mouse proof cabinets or in the refrigerator.
**Valuables can be locked up at Camp or in a Museum classroom, but we have very limited space. 

Packing Tips

When packing, it is important that campers be involved in the process. This ensures they know which items belong to them and what things they need to be responsible for at Camp. Including your children in the packing process also ensures they only pack things they actually need while living in the badlands for a week.
Remember, it is important to not over pack. You need to access gear easily and yet store it efficiently, so a large duffle bag, backpack, or 30L plastic tote is best suited to transport gear to and from Camp, and to keep your things organized while at Camp.

Important Information

All Camp gear must be carried on foot from the public pathway to the campsite, 100-200 metres away. Campers need to ensure they are able carry their own gear. If it is too cumbersome, try to pack less or more efficiently. Plastic garbage bags are very inefficient for carrying anything a long distance.

Label Everything

All campers should be familiar with their own gear to prevent it being mixed up with other campers' gear. Although we do our best to ensure every camper returns home with all of his or her property, Badlands Science Camp is not responsible for any loss or theft of campers' property. If you or your child leave something behind, it is your responsibility to arrange to get it back. Unclaimed items will be held until September 30, after which they will be donated to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Prescription Medications

If your child is attending one of the Junior or Senior camps and requires prescription medication, please pack all required medications and instructions for administration in an easily accessible bag and give it to the Camp Coordinator when your child arrives at Camp. All medications are kept in a locked container and will be administered only by the Camp Coordinator. The only exceptions are asthma puffers and Epipens, which campers must carry with them at all times.

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