What to Bring

  • Documents for Arrivals Day
    Don't forget to bring your ID and plane tickets for your trip! See Checking In Upon Arrival for more about what happens when you arrive on Day 0.
  • Clothes
    8-10 pairs of socks and underwear
    8 light shirts or T-shirts
    3 or 4 pairs of shorts and 1 or 2 pairs of long pants
    1 waterproof jacket
    2 sweaters/sweatshirts
    1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of sandals

    Camp is very informal, but you might like to have one set of nicer clothes, with clothes hangers, for the occasional dress-up day. (Nothing fancy will ever be required, but campers sometimes dress up for fun.)
  • About Laundry:
    Students should bring: one or two large bags for carrying laundry to/from the laundry room.
    Mathcamp will provide: laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Laundry is free.

    Students do their own laundry at Mathcamp. If you do not know how to use a washer and dryer, learn before you come!
  • Personal Items
    Toiletries, bathrobe, shower slippers (there are shared bathrooms on each hall)
    A backpack, both for classes and if you want to go hiking
    Small desk/reading lamp (optional; the dorm rooms have overhead lighting only)
    Camera (optional)

    A cell phone (if you have one) with charger. We will make sure that everybody has telephone access for calling home! For those campers not bringing cell phones to camp, we will have cell phones available to borrow (for up to an hour at a time) at the Mathcamp office.

    You're in charge of getting up in the morning, so you'll need your own wake-up alarm! Some campers use a cell phone; others bring an alarm clock.

    Camp provides pillows and blankets. In 2019, students should bring their own bed sheets, pillowcases, and towels. The beds at L&C are twin extra long; if you already have x-long fitted sheets, then bring them. Regular twin sheets will work, too (so you don't have to go out and buy new sheets to come to Mathcamp).
  • School Supplies
    Notebook, pens/pencils, binder for handouts, and some paper.
    No need to pack your whole desk - you can easily buy more supplies at the campus bookstore.

    A laptop, if you already have one. There is a small computer lab in the dorm, as well as access to public computer labs on campus: you'll certainly be able to check your email or work on programming projects if you don't have a laptop with you. But if you already have one and you're thinking about bringing it, you'll be glad that you did.
  • Recreation
    Sturdy water bottle (highly recommended, for hikes and daily hydration)
    Sun block! (There will be many optional outdoor activities, and it is easy to get burned. We will provide some sunscreen on field trips, but it's best to carry your own.)
    Hat, sunglasses
    Swimsuit and extra towel (if you want to go swimming or whitewater rafting)
    Long socks (e.g. soccer socks) if you want to go ice skating
    Personal sports equipment (e.g. tennis racket, swimming goggles)
    Frisbees, board games, chess sets, puzzles (the more the merrier)
    Musical instruments

    For hiking trips: comfortable and sturdy shoes, such as sneakers or hiking shoes, are required for all hikes. For most Mathcamp hikes, sneakers will be just fine. If you'd like to go on the longest hike, which is around 15 miles with significant elevation gain and some snow, you will need hiking boots (unless you have plenty of experience with similar hikes in your favorite shoes).
  • Suggested Spending Money: $100-$150 USD
    for incidental expenses, excursions not sponsored by camp (e.g. going to the movies), etc. (recommended)

    Note: All official Mathcamp activities are included in the camp fee, but occasionally students or staff organize extra excursions for which students need to pay their own way (e.g. going to the movies, or going with your RA group to get ice cream). Even for these unofficial trips, Mathcamp is able to subsidize students who would find it difficult to afford the activity on their own. If you want to participate in an activity but can't pay for it, talk to your residential advisor. The conversation will remain confidential. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the opportunities offered at camp!
  • Travel Documents
    Don't forget to carry your ticket, visa, and passport/birth certificate safely.

  • What Not To Bring
    You could bring a scientific or graphing calculator for fun, but you won't need it for Mathcamp classes, so we don't especially recommend it.

    We suggest that you do not bring unnecessary valuables or expensive electronic equipment. If you have necessary valuables with you like spending money or your passport, you may opt to store them in the Mathcamp office.
  • The Camp Will Provide:
    Pillows and blankets
    A big fan for each dorm room
    Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
    Clothes iron and sewing kit
    First aid and basic over-the-counter medication (Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, etc. - administered by staff)
    Recreational equipment (soccer balls, basket balls, frisbees, etc.)
  • Mailing Boxes to Camp
    If you prefer to travel light, you can mail boxes to camp as early June 1st. Please direct mail to:

    Lewis & Clark College
    Conferences & Events Office
    c/o Mathcamp: Camper Name
    MSC 105
    0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.
    Portland, OR 97219

    We will pick up the mail a few days before the campers arrive. At the end of the program, students can pack up boxes and ship them from the on-campus mail center or the local post office. We can also ship lost-and-found valuables after students depart, in which case we'll bill you for the cost.