Intermediate Packing List (Grades 6-9)

Intermediate Camp students all wear the Interlochen uniform, and those who choose to board live together in cabins. Here is a complete packing list along with some helpful information about the cabins, the uniform, and shipping.

Please be sure to review both the All Student packing list, as well as the Arts Areas Supplies list for your major. You'll find both packing lists below.

Clothing and Uniform Items

The Camp uniform, worn by all students, faculty, and staff, is one of Interlochen's oldest traditions and dates from the first summer, 1928. Properly worn, the Interlochen uniform serves to distinguish faculty, staff, and students from our thousands of campus visitors each day, important in these times of security. Students are expected to remember that they are always representing Interlochen whenever they are in uniform.

From the beginning, the Interlochen uniform has meant:
A spirit of unity
A simplified day
A means of identification
A blurring of class distinctions

The uniform is both simple and flexible. The most important aspect of wearing the uniform is neatness. It is worn every day to the dining room, classes, concerts, performances and all activities on main campus. Students are required to purchase Interlochen logo polo shirts from the Scholarshop. If needed for performances, corduroy slacks and corduroy knickers may be borrowed from Interlochen. All other uniform pieces must be provided by the student.

Uniform Shirts - Always Worn Buttoned and Tucked In

Please purchase your uniform shirts from the Interlochen Scholarshop:

  • Six light-blue polo shirts with the Interlochen logo
  • Two white polo shirts with the Interlochen logo

Light-blue shirts are worn Tuesday through Saturday; white shirts are worn on Sunday. Students may choose to wear either blue or white on Mondays.

Uniform Bottoms

Uniform bottoms should be purchased before arriving at Interlochen (appropriate shorts are available for purchase at the Scholarshop for your convenience). Bottom choices must be navy blue cotton or corduroy; no denim, jeans fabric, cut-offs, or exercise-style materials are permitted. All bottoms must be worn at the natural waistline and should be classic styled, tailored, and hemmed. Pants can be capri or ankle-length; shorts and skirts should be at least mid-thigh length. If you plan to wear a belt as an identifier, make sure your bottom choices have belt loops.

Students enrolled in musical ensembles must wear corduroy slacks or knickers for performances. These items will be provided by Interlochen and must be returned at the end of the session.

  • Six pairs of navy blue shorts
  • Navy blue cotton slacks or capris (recommended)
  • Navy blue skirt, skort, or jumper
  • Navy blue corduroy slacks (Provided by Interlochen)
    • Male cut, tailored, ankle-length slacks with belt loops
    • Required for students in music ensembles
    • Available to other students as inventory allows
  • Navy blue corduroy knickers (Provided by Interlochen)
    • Female cut, buttoned at the knee, worn with pulled-up knee socks
    • Required for students in music ensembles
    • Available to other students as inventory allows

All students are required to wear their Camp ID and a color-coded age division identifier at all times. Interlochen will provide a Camp ID, lanyard, and color-coded belt. Color-coded socks are available for purchase at the Scholarshop. Appropriate identifier combinations for Intermediate students include:

  • Casual option one - Red belt + white socks
  • Casual option two - Red socks
  • Casual option three - Red belt + red socks
  • Dress option one - Corduroy trousers + red belt + navy socks
  • Dress option two - Corduroy knickers + red knee socks, pulled up + optional red belt
Socks and Footwear
  • Socks (combined total of 8-10 pairs)
    • Red knee socks and/or red ankle socks (required for students opting for the red socks as an identifier).
    • Navy blue or white socks
  • Shoes
    • 2-3 pairs of sturdy, comfortable shoes (athletic, tennis, clogs, street shoes, etc.)
    • One pair of sandals or beach shoes (beach/water shoes are recommended as our lakes are rocky)
    • Music students should bring one pair of dark colored, performance-appropriate shoes
    • Visual Arts and Theatre Design & Production students must wear closed-toed shoes at all times when in the studio or shop
  • One solid red sweater/sweatshirt (crew or cardigan but not hooded)
    • required for all students who will appear on stage for performances or presentations
    • Appropriate items are available at the Interlochen Scholarshop
  • One to two sweatshirts or hoodies (any color)
  • One raincoat, poncho, or lightweight jacket (any color)
Recreation Clothing

Recreation clothing should all follow a modest, tasteful style. Keep in mind that Intermediate students in general need two to three casual/recreational outfits.

  • One pair of blue jeans
  • One to two casual items to wear at mixers (dresses must be fingertip length)
  • One to two bathing suits (Should be adventure-appropriate. No string, thong, or crochet suits are permitted)
  • Two pairs of casual shorts (fingertip length)
  • Four pairs of sweat or sports socks
  • One pair of sweatpants
  • Three to four T-shirts (any color)
Miscellaneous Clothing
  • 12 pairs of underwear (suitable for washing by commercial laundry)
  • Two to three pairs of pajamas (one pair flannel/heavy or sweats)
  • Accessories
    • Small and unobtrusive accessories are preferred
    • Hats must be removed while indoors and during rehearsals
  • Rehearsal attire (see major-specific lists below for details)

Packing for Airline Travel

If you are flying to Interlochen, place the following items in your carry-on luggage:

  • One to two pairs of underwear
  • One to two uniform items
  • Contact lenses/solution/glasses 
  • Toothbrush
  • Audition materials
  • Anything you can’t live without while your luggage finds its way to you

Bedding and Linens

  • Two sets inexpensive sheets for regular twin-size bed (not extra long) 
  • One mattress pad for regular twin-size bed (not extra long)
  • One pillow 
  • Two pillow cases 
  • Three to four washcloths
  • Two warm blankets (not electric)
    • We suggest one blanket or comforter as one of the blankets and a sleeping bag as the other blanket.
    • Students must sleep in linens.
  • Two to three bath towels
  • One beach towel

A bedding and bath set may be purchased from the Scholarshop and includes one blanket, one pillow, two bed sheet sets, two washcloths, and two bath towels.

Miscellaneous Items

  • 7 masks suitable for laundering or 2 disposable masks per day, 1 black mask for all performing groups - must follow CDC Masking Guidelines
  • 1oz or 2oz hand sanitizer bottles, clip-on variety to attach to lanyard, 2-3 bottles per week of attendance
  • One laundry service bag package (provided by Interlochen; contains one red bag and one mesh bag) 
  • Spare prescription glasses and/or contacts (strongly recommended)
  • Padlock for cabin lockers (Lockable lockers are not available in all cabins)
  • An item to share with your cabin 
    • Family/last name A-H — Bottle liquid hand soap
    • Family/last name I-S – One box of Kleenex
    • Family/last name T-Z – Pump or lotion bug repellent (Click here for information from the CDC about mosquito bite prevention)
  • Toiletry articles and small tote for toiletries
  • Soap and soap dish/container or body wash
  • Lotion
  • Plastic drinking cup and/or
  • Plastic water bottle (required for all students; we suggest 20 oz or larger)
  • Belt
  • Pens, pencils, stationery, and postage stamps
  • Flashlight and/or book light and extra batteries 
  • Luggage cart for medium and large instruments (especially important for Intermediates)
  • Inexpensive watch 
  • Umbrella 
  • Rain boots
  • Backpack or tote to carry to classes (required)
  • Camera and accessories
  • Books (no more than three) 
  • Sunscreen (required)
    • Broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays) that is water resistant
    • SPF of at least 30 is recommended
  • Small battery-operated fan (plug-in electric fans are not permitted due to limited outlets) 

Do NOT Bring

  • Nice jewelry
  • Items of high monetary or sentimental value
  • Large stereo sets, TVs, or appliances
  • Large electric amplifiers
  • Keyboards
  • Food, candy, or gum
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, skates, scooters, skateboards, Heelies (shoes with wheels)
  • Computers (permitted only for specific majors)
  • Large amounts of non-uniform clothing
  • Large weights or workout equipment
  • Over-the-counter medications

Electronic Devices

Students may bring small battery-operated radios, MP3/CD players, Kindles, Nooks, etc. and iPods, provided they are equipped with earphones. Students who bring small electronic devices do so at their own risk. Any inappropriate items brought to Interlochen will be confiscated and stored or shipped home at student's expense. Interlochen is not responsible for lost or damaged confiscated or collected items. Recordings with “parent advisory” labels are not permitted for public broadcasting in any location or activity.

Cell Phones, Computers, and Personal Devices

Cell phones are stored out of the cabin and available for check out for short periods of time. Students who abuse the cell phone policy may have their device use limited or denied. Interlochen is not responsible for lost or damaged devices that are brought to Camp. Unless laptops are indicated as required for the artistic program, they are to be left at home. Storage and charging options are extremely limited. 

Intermediate Camp students who bring a cell phone/wifi-enabled device to Camp must turn it in at registration. The item will be available to check out and use at designated times and locations that will be explained upon arrival.

Camp Life
Student cell phone/wifi-enabled devices are collected at registration. Students may check out their item of choice up to two times per week at designated non-class times. They must use the device within the "device friendly" boundaries in the Intermediate division that will be explained upon arrival. Misuse of these items will result in the loss of the use of the item for the remainder of the summer.

Please note: If music players, metronomes, gaming devices, recording devices, watches etc., are part of a phone or wifi device, access to the device will be limited by the above rules and guidelines. If you would like your child to have free access to any of these types of devices, please make sure they are not part of a phone or other wifi device.

Classes and Studios
Students are not allowed to bring wifi enabled devices into the classes and studios. These items must be left in the division.

  • Music students who use metronomes, tuners, and recording apps on a non-wifi enabled device will be permitted to use their device in class. Placing a wifi-enabled device in “airplane mode” is not an option. Misuse of these items may result in the item being collected.
  • Musical theatre students will need a recording device and may use a recording app on a non-wifi enabled device in rehearsal. Placing a device in “airplane mode” is not an option. Misuse of these items may result in the item being collected.
  • Students in Film & New Media, Creative Writing, and Music Production & Engineering courses may bring items as designated on their packing lists, but may be required to store them outside of classroom hours.

Labels for Clothing and Equipment

It is important that all articles of clothing and other belongings have a name clearly marked for quick and easy identification. Please mark other personal items with a permanent laundry marker and on the inside of all clothing. Experience has proven that iron-on labels do not withstand several weeks at Interlochen. Paste an inventory list of clothing and equipment inside footlocker or suitcase to facilitate packing at the close of the Camp session. Pack in duffel bags, suitcases, or footlockers, as storage space is limited. All bags will be stored in the cabin rafters, and are not used during your time at Interlochen.

Arts Area Supplies

You will receive a program letter from your arts area with a list of supplies. The list of supplies in the program letter is the most accurate and up-to-date list. Here is a general list of items that are likely to be on that list.

All materials will be provided for general arts students except dance clothing. Students enrolled in general dance should reference the dance materials below.

Intermediate students may bring a laptop but are not required to. Especially if they don't have a laptop, they will want to bring a notebook and writing implements—though both will be provided to students who need them.

Computer usage and internet access are strictly limited to work being done for classes.  Students who bring laptops are responsible for their storage and security, and should be aware that laptops are to be used for creative writing purposes only.

No clothing other than the dance attire listed below will be permitted in class. All dancers are expected to be well groomed. Long hair must be worn up and off the neck. Many items are available online at the Scholarshop.

Female-Identifying General Dance Intermediate Elective - non-major

  • Two to three black leotards (any sleeve type)
  • Three pairs of pink tights
  • Three pairs of black footless tights
  • One pair of pink ballet shoes

Male-Identifying General Dance Intermediate Elective - non-major

  • Two to three white fitted T-shirts
  • One to two dance belts
  • One to two pairs of black tights (men’s thickness)
  • One to two pairs of black footless tights (men’s thickness)
  • One pair of white ballet shoes
  • White socks 

Female-Identifying Dance Intermediate Ballet and Modern Majors

  • Eight black leotards (any sleeve type) 
  • One nude-colored leotard for under costumes
  • Five pairs of pink tights
  • Five pairs of black footless or black convertible tights
  • Two pairs of pink ballet shoes 
  • One pair of black split-sole jazz shoes 
  • Two to three pairs of pointe shoes (ballet majors only)
  • One pair of character shoes
  • One full, knee-length character skirt
  • Performance make-up: brown eye-shadow, foundation powder, black eyeliner, mascara, blush, and red lipstick
  • Hair needs for bun, including hairnets
  • Foot care needs
  • Yoga mat
  • Long-sleeved, tight-fitting black shirt for floor work
  • Second session only: extra pair of pink ballet shoes for "Les Preludes" rehearsal

Male-Identifying Dance Intermediate Ballet and Modern Majors

  • Eight white, short-sleeved, close-fitting T-shirts 
  • Five pairs of black tights with ability to be footless (men’s thickness)
  • Five pairs of ankle-length white socks 
  • Two pairs of white ballet shoes 
  • Six dance belts 
  • One pair of black split-sole jazz shoes
  • One pair of character shoes (optional)
  • Performance make-up: light brown pencil, gloss for lips
  • Foot care needs
  • Yoga mat
  • Long-sleeved, tight-fitting black shirt for floor work
  • Second session only: extra pair of white ballet shoes for "Les Preludes" rehearsal


  • Camera and/or laptop. The Film & New Media Division uses Premiere Pro in an Apple computer environment.


  • Small external USB hard drive, 200 GB or larger (required whether you bring a laptop or not). Click here for an example, but any type will do
  • Lined notebook
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Small sketchbook
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Small flashlight
  • Wristwatch

Nearly all items are available for purchase through our Scholarshop.

All Intermediate Music Majors 

  • Music currently studying, and piano accompaniment for music to be performed.
  • Musical Instruments for Band, Orchestra and private lessons.
  • Instrument accessories (mutes, extra strings, reeds, rosin, valve oil, etc.)
  • Folding music stand
  • Metronome 
  • Folder to carry music
  • Luggage cart or bass wheel for instrument transport
  • Headphones: for all students enrolled in Group Piano Class, Composition, Theory Class, and Jazz Piano. Any type of headphones with a ¼” or 1/8” jack will be appropriate. If using headphones with 1/8” jack (small, iPod-style), ¼” stereo adapters will be available for sale in the Scholarshop for minimal cost.
  • Additional materials needed listed below by instrument. If your instrument or ensemble is not listed below, no additional supplies are needed


Brass Players:
Please plan to bring (or purchase at the Scholarshop) the following mutes:

  • Trumpet: straight, cup, plunger (jazz majors), harmon/wah-wah (jazz majors)
  • Horn: straight
  • Trombone: straight, cup, plunger (jazz majors), harmon/wah-wah (jazz majors)
  • Plunger (jazz) Any hardware store plunger with removable handle (toilet for trombone, sink or toilet for trumpet).

Bassists: Lockers are very limited for Intermediate bassists. Please plan to bring a bass wheel or cart for transporting your bass.

Cellists: For safe shipment of your cello, it must be secured at the top and bottom within its hard case to prevent movement allowing the bridge to strike the top of the case, possibly breaking the body of the cello. This means that the neck should be secured in place and the end pin should be secured into a socket installed on the bottom of the interior of the case.

Harp Majors: Harp tuning key and electronic tuner. Harp is provided.

Organ Majors: Organ shoes with leather soles and heels (for those taking organ class or private lessons) Shoes may be purchased through 

Percussionists In Band/Orchestra:

Minimum Required Percussion Equipment

  • Mallets and Sticks
  • Two pair yarn Marimba Mallets (Birch handles). Recommended: Innovative, Soloist Series, IP240
  • One pair Xylophone/Orchestra Bell Mallets (Rattan handles). Recommended: Innovative Percussion, IP905
  • One pair of Concert Snare Drum Sticks. Recommended: Innovative Percussion, CL-1
  • One pair of Snare Drum Sticks. Recommended: Vic Firth SD1
  • One pair of Brushes. Vic Firth Jazz Brushes, wire, WB
  • One pair of Timpani Mallets. Recommended: Grover/John Tafoya TMB -
  • Suggested - Three pairs of timpani mallets in soft, medium, hard handles.

Optional Percussion Accessories

  • 10” Tambourine with a calf skin head. Recommended: Black Swamp, TC1 Chromium25/Phosphor Bronze
  • Tambourine Bees Wax. Black Swamp
  • Triangle. Alan Abel Symphonic 6”
  • Triangle Clip. Recommended: Grover PTC
  • Set of Triangle beaters
  • Grover Deluxe Tubular Triangle Beater Set w/ Case (TBTD), Model: GRO-TBTD
  • Practice Pad
  • “A” 440 Tuning Fork
  • Metronome with subdivisions. Recommended: Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome, Model: ROL-DB-90
  • Two Medium-sized Black Towels to cover music stand (stick tray)
  • Stick Case, Stick Bag or Briefcase

Jazz Performance and Improvisation Majors:

  • Laptop recommended

Percussionists In Jazz:

  • 3 pairs of drumsticks
  • brushes
  • timpani mallets
  • vibes mallets
  • practice pad

Singer/Songwriter Majors:
Pianos and drum sets are provided.

  • Staff paper
  • Metronome
  • Computer with composition software - optional
  • Small recording device
  • Notebook/journal
  • Laptop recommended

Music Production & Engineering:

  • Students should plan to bring a laptop running GarageBand or other DAW such as ProTools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, or Reaper for their lab sessions and individual work. Studio sessions will be completed in ProTools. Where available students may also use external digital audio interfaces and portable MIDI keyboards.

Rock/Pop Majors:

  • Major instrument
  • Hearing protection (headphone style is ideal, earplugs are also acceptable),
  • Electronic device for listening to music,
  • Manuscript (staff) paper for charting and notes, folder to keep sheet music. 
  • Singers: A personal microphone compatible with standard xlr input
  • Guitar/Bass players: Bringing a very small portable, battery powered or chargeable amp, (and your own basic effects pedals) is a good idea for practice purposes. 
  • Drummers: A practice pad is always helpful.
  • Keyboard players: There are many practice pianos around campus, and keyboards are provided (However, a small, portable battery powered keyboard is also helpful to be able to practice anywhere.) 
  • Drum-sets, Pianos, performance amplifiers and band P.A. is provided.

Intermediate Musical Theatre Production 

Please bring the following with you:

  • A small recording device
  • A 3-ring binder
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Hair ties or headbands to keep long hair held back
  • Comfortable but modest rehearsal dance clothes to move in - black pants fitted at the waist and crotch/dance pants
  • White t-shirts with no logos
  • Pink or black plain leotards with tights
  • Jazz shoes/slippers/sneakers
  • Ballet shoes
  • Flesh colored tights
  • Black tights
  • Rehearsal skirt (female identifying students, if you already have one)
  • Audition music clearly marked for the accompanist
  • Notebook and writing utensils for every rehearsal
  • NO flip flops, sandals or clogs during rehearsal
  • An instrument, only if you play, not required 
  • For your hygienic safety, you must supply your own makeup kit and hair products. 
  • All campers: No clothing should have visible logos or impede movement in any way.
  • Any style of dance shoes (character, jazz, tap,etc.) students may already own

Male Identifying Students:

  • One pair of dark dress shoes, preferably with rubberized soles
  • Two pairs of black socks
  • One brown belt and one black belt that fits you

Female Identifying 

  • One solid color dress or skirt, preferably a bright color, that you can move in - only if you already own it
  • Any headbands, headwraps or hairpieces that you already own

Non-Binary Students

  • Please choose from the lists above the items that best fit your gender expression. 

  All Students:

  • One pair of black pants and/or black skirt 
  • One pair of jeans that you can move in
  • One black shirt or blouse, preferably long-sleeved
  • One brightly colored shirt (long or short-sleeved) with absolutely no logos or markings. 
  • If you own high tops and/or combat boots and can bring them, that’s great too. 
  • Please make sure that anything you bring fits in a way that you can easily move in the pieces onstage. 

Intermediate Acting Company Production

  • All campers: No clothing should have visible logos or impede movement in any way.
  • One pair of black pants and/or black skirt 
  • One black shirt or blouse, preferably long-sleeved
  • One pair of dark dress shoes, preferably with rubberized soles
  • Students who own black character shoes can also bring them, but there is NO NEED TO PURCHASE THESE if you do not already have them.
  • Notebook 
  • Pencils and eraser
  • Water bottle
  • Optional: Clothes for rehearsal that allow for a full range of movement (leggings, sweat pants, large t-shirts, etc.)

Intermediate - Musical Theatre 3 Weeks

You will wear uniforms to our class daily and then will have the opportunity to change out of uniform into appropriate rehearsal attire that allows for a wide range of movement.

For Daily Rehearsals:

  • Several pairs of comfortable pants (sweatpants, yoga pants, leggings, shorts, etc)
  • Several comfortable tops other than uniform tops (t-shirts, sweatshirts, flannels, etc)
  • Pair of rehearsal shoes - closed-toed, soled shoes that you can move/dance in (simple tennis shoes, gym shoes, sneakers, jazz shoes, etc). These need to be separate from your “outside shoes,” to keep our rehearsal space clean.
  • Any dance shoes you currently own (these can be used as your rehearsal shoes): jazz/hip hop sneakers, jazz shoes with a rubber sole (black or tan), ballet shoes, tap shoes (if you currently own).  A note on tap shoes – we often try to put a tap number into our shows for those students who have tap experience, so if you do, please bring tap shoes to camp with you. (Our choreographer will often have an alternate variation for those who do not tap, so no worries if you don’t; we would just prefer that you bring tap shoes with you to camp if you own them, rather than needing to call home to have them sent.)
  • Hair items for pulling hair back off your face and neck.
  • One pair of black shoes you can dance in (black jazz shoes, black sneakers, etc) and one pair of black socks (you will not be able to wear your intermediate red socks during the performance). 

Other Materials Needed for Rehearsals:

  • 3-Ring binder
  • Pencil Case with sharpened pencils and eraser (5-10)
  • A small recording device (no Phones or iPads) to assist with learning and practicing music. A simple digital recording device will work.
  • Water bottle, labeled with student’s name.
  • An instrument (only if you play with proficiency, not required).
  • Audition music and a monologue. Auditions will be held the first day, to help us get to know you better so we can build our show around your talents. You can use the same pieces you auditioned with for the program originally or new material; bring something you connect with and enjoy performing.
    • Audition music – two 16-32 bar cuts, one up-tempo, one ballad. Music should be:
      • 3-hole punched and in your 3-ring binder (above), or placed in 3-hole punched plastic sleeves inside the binder.
      • On back-to-back pages, not stapled or loose
      • Complete with piano accompaniment included (not just the vocal line.) Please make sure that piano music is not cut off at the bottom or on the sides of the pages – this will make it difficult for the accompanist to read.
    • Monologue - should be from a published play and memorized; please have it typed out on a separate piece of paper and in your binder, for review prior to your audition.

For Performance:

  • One pair of full-length black pants (suitable for dancing and floor work; denim is ok as long as you can move in them, full-length yoga pants/leggings, dress pants, etc – no logos, stripes, etc – solid black.) If you have dress pants or jeans, please bring a black belt to match.
  • 3 T-shirts, full length (not cropped or cut), all the same neckline (either all V-neck or all Crew Neck), as follows:
    • One plain, solid white T-shirt (no logos or collar)
    • One solid colored T-shirt, any color (bright colors preferred, no logos or collar)
    • One solid black T-shirt (no logos or collar)
  • One pair of black shoes you can dance in (black jazz shoes, black sneakers, etc)
  • One pair of black socks

Please label all performance t-shirts and pants, and place them with the pair of black socks in a clear plastic ziplock bag (gallon sized or larger), clearly labeled with the student’s name. We will collect all performance clothes at the start of camp, so they do not get worn in the cabin/mixed up in camp laundry prior to a performance.

Intermediate Acting - 3 Weeks

Performance Clothes

  • Please bring in a pair of black pants and or skirt. Also a black shirt or black blouse. Should be a solid black color.

Other Items

  • Soft, comfortable shoes with a back and a closed toe. These should be shoes that you can run in that will stay on your feet. (Sandals and clogs not allowed during rehearsals)
  • Black pants, black shoes, a black T-shirt without logos, and a white t-shirt without logos. Al clothing should allow a full range of movement. Practicality is far more important than style!
  • Warm clothing that can be worn in layers (We work in a tent and Michigan weather varies greatly)
  • Water Bottle
  • Dedicated full-size notebook/rehearsal journal (preferably with removable pages), and writing utensils (several pencils for scripts, pens ok for notebook) for rehearsals. A highlighter is also helpful for script work.


  • Rehearsal Clothes. Students may change from uniform to rehearsal clothes after arriving at class (please note students must be in uniform when arriving to or leaving from class). Rehearsal clothes must allow for a full range of movement. 
  • A yoga mat or beach towel for floor work

Intermediate Design And Production 

  • Clothing - In addition to the camp uniform, students need to bring loose-fitting work clothing and closed-toed shoes to wear while working in the scene shop.
  • 11” X 17” sketchbook 
  • Work Gloves - Black
  • Safety Goggles
  • 6” adjustable C Wrench

The visual arts studios are workspaces filled with a variety of equipment and materials, which requires that all students attending classes wear proper footwear. Shoes should provide some protection to the foot with a sturdy sole and cover the foot up to the base of the ankle. Acceptable: sneakers, boots, etc. Not acceptable: slippers, flats, flip-flops, sandals, and clogs.

All Intermediate Visual Arts Classes

  • Sketchbook: Students must bring a sketchbook and basic pencils and/or pens. We recommend a hardcover sketchbook at least 8”x10” or larger. Non-majors taking art classes may want to provide their own sketchbooks for out-of-class work
  • Digital camera (optional): We recommend that all students bring a digital camera to document their artwork and for reference images. We recommend a DSLR camera, such as the NIKON 3300 or Canon IOS Rebel, but a basic point-and-shoot camera would be sufficient as well   
  • Smocks/aprons: Although not a requirement, students may want to bring a smock, apron, or over-shirt in order to protect their uniforms from paint, ink, etc. 
  • Water bottle with lid

Photography Classes

  • 35 mm rangefinder or single-lens reflex film camera with 50 mm lens (required): The camera MUST have an adjustable aperture and shutter speeds for full manual control of exposure. A Nikon, Canon, or Vivitar SLR is acceptable. Cameras with automatic exposure systems are acceptable as long as they have full manual override capabilities.
  • Batteries: Bring extra batteries for your camera type.

Digital Arts Classes

  • Flash drive or cloud storage: This is needed for storage and transfer of artwork and projects. Drives should contain at least 16 GB of memory.  There are iMac desktops available in the Visual Arts building.
  • Tablet (optional): Wacom Bambo tablets are available at Interlochen, but students are welcome to bring their own tablet if they prefer. They can store it securely in the Digital Lab.


  • Sewing basket or tool kit: Fashion tool kits are available to check out during the program, but we highly recommend that students purchase the following tools for dependability, familiarity, and continued use: 
    • Sketchbook and drawing tools
    • Scissors 
    • Seam ripper
    • Straight pins and pin cushion
  • Specialty fabrics: Muslin and basic colors of cotton fabric are provided for students. Our fabric selection is often stocked via donation, meaning fabric and material we have available varies year to year. If you have ambitious or particular ideas, we recommend that you bring a range of specialty fabrics to use in projects. There are some fabrics that can be tricky for new sewers such as super stretchy, sheer, and delicate fabrics, velvets, and slippery fabrics. When purchasing your fabric, you may want to consider these approximations :
    • Shorts/skirts: 2-2.5 yards
    • Pants: 3-3.5 yards
    • Shirts/blouses: 2 yards
    • Short dress w/ short sleeves: 4-4.5 yards
    • Short dress w/ long sleeves: 5-5.5 yards
    • Long dress/formal dress: 6.5-7.5 yards

Students are also invited to bring any clothing or linen items that they may wish to remake or upcycle. Old bed linens and curtains are great for this!

Luggage Tags and Shipping Ahead

Print, cut into separate tags and securely fasten to each bag you are either shipping or bringing to camp. Items may be shipped ahead using these specific luggage tags.


The cabin is “home” for students at Interlochen. Students form friendships at Interlochen with cabin mates, and the staff do their best to ensure that students work together to foster a comfortable, clean, and congenial living environment. Cabins are inspected every morning, and each student is responsible for an assigned job during cabin clean-up.

Although the cabins differ slightly from one another, each contains similar furnishings and bath fixtures. Cabins are rustic, wooden, and unheated. Students have a bunk bed (safety rails are available upon request by student and/or family member), a locker or closet (about 8" wide) to share, two shelves (20” wide) and a place to hang towels. Storage space is very limited, so bring only clothing and other items that are absolutely necessary. Lofts in cabins provide storage space for trunks and suitcases. Musicians store instruments in the cabins. Double bass players will store their instruments in an assigned location.

Illustration of a typical summer cabin

Shipping Ahead

Items may be shipped ahead using these specific luggage tags.

Note that you can find your housing assignment in the Education Community.