Junior Packing List (Grades 3-6)

Junior 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 your belongings.

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, corduroy slacks and corduroy knickers may be borrowed from Interlochen. All other uniform part options 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
  • One white polo shirt 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 at the Scholarshop for your convenience). Bottom choices must be navy blue cotton or corduroy; no denim, jeans fabric, cut-offs, or exercise-style material 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
Identifiers

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 Junior students include:

  • Casual option one - Navy blue belt + white socks
  • Casual option two - Navy blue socks
  • Casual option three - Navy blue belt + navy blue socks
  • Dress option one - Corduroy trousers + navy blue belt + navy socks
  • Dress option two - Corduroy knickers + navy knee socks, pulled up + optional navy blue belt
Socks and Footwear
  • Socks (combined total of 8-10 pairs)
    • Navy blue knee socks and/or navy blue ankle socks (required for students opting for the navy blue socks as an identifier)
    • White socks
  • Shoes
    • Two to three 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 students must wear closed-toed shoes at all times when in the studio
Outerwear
  • One solid red sweater or 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 Junior students in general need three to five casual/recreational outfits.

  • One pair of 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 of 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
    • Junior Pines students (former known as Junior Boys) all participate in a camp-out and need to bring a sleeping bag
  • Two to three bath towels
  • One beach towel

A bedding and bath set may be purchased from the Interlochen 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 navy blue 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 of 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 a small tote for toiletries
  • Soap and soap dish/container or body wash
  • Lotion
  • Plastic drinking cup and/or plastic water bottle. All students are required to have a water bottle. 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 Juniors)
  • 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, and appliances
  • Large electric amplifiers
  • Keyboards
  • Food, candy, or gum
  • Bicycles, rollerblades, skates, scooters, skateboards, or 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 the camper’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 are available for check out.  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 required for the artistic program, they are to be left at home. Storage and charging options are extremely limited. 

Junior 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
Cell phones are allowed, but not recommended and are not kept on the camper or with their possessions. Cell phones will be stored in headquarters. Interlochen is not responsible for theft or loss. Outgoing calls on cell phones are the same as for outgoing calls on our landlines: 

  • Times are limited to periods when there are no classes, meals, or divisional activities. 
  • Cell phone check-out will be managed by staff. 
  • Phone calls may be limited to allow for overall fairness for all students.
  • Cell phones will be turned off and stored in HQ when not in use, so no incoming calls are accepted.
  • We will do our best to facilitate the charging of cell phones, but space is limited. 

Please note: If music players, metronomes, gaming devices, watches, etc., are part of a phone or wifi device, access to the device will be limited by cell phone rules. 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 mobile devices into the classes and studios. These items must be left in their division.

Theatre and Musical theatre students will need a recording device and may use a recording app on a non-wifi enabled device in rehearsal. Placing a cell phone in “airplane mode” is not an option. Misuse of these items may result in the item being collected.


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 your 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 included in the program letter.

Arts Exploration students should bring several sets of comfortable clothes for movement classes. All other materials will be provided.

Junior students should not bring computers. They will be provided, if needed. They will want to bring a notebook and writing utensils—though both will be provided to students who need them.

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 Dance Junior Majors

  • Five black leotards (any sleeve type) 
  • Five pairs of pink tights (able to make footless or black footless tights)
  • Two pairs of pink ballet shoes 
  • One pair of black split-sole jazz shoes
  • One pair of black character shoes (REQUIRED)
  • One full, knee-length character skirt (REQUIRED)
  • Performance make-up: red lipstick
  • Hair needs for bun, including hairnets
  • Foot care needs
  • Yoga mat
  • Long-sleeved, tight-fitting black shirt for performance and floor work


Male-Identifying Dance Junior Majors

  • Five 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
  • Foot care needs
  • Yoga mat
  • Long-sleeved, tight-fitting black shirt for performance and floor work

Nearly all items are available for purchase through our Scholarshop.


All Music Majors

  • Music you are currently studying, and piano accompaniment for music to be performed
  • Musical instruments for wind symphony, 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 large instrument transportation
  • Headphones (required for all students enrolled as Junior Piano majors.)  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 are listed below by instrument. If your instrument or ensemble is not listed below, no additional supplies are needed


Bassists: Lockers are limited for Junior 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 in its hard case at the top and bottom to prevent movement, which could possibly break the body of the cello. 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.


Percussionists

  • Snare drum sticks
  • Marimba mallets
  • Timpani mallets
  • Bell mallets
  • Practice pad

 

Instrument Rental

If your student needs to rent an instrument, please complete the Instrument Request Form in the enrollment forms section as soon as possible. Availability is not guaranteed, and it is in the student’s best interest to arrive at Camp with their own instrument, or with an instrument reserved for rental while at Camp. 

Students will be charged a rental fee for the use of string, brass, or woodwind instruments. Specialty instruments, such as English horn, bass clarinet, etc., are excluded from rental fees, as well as instruments for all beginning classes and Instrument Exploration. If the instrument is lost or damaged, replacement/repair costs will be charged to the student’s account.

If your instructor asks you to borrow an auxiliary instrument, no payment is required for a borrowed instrument. Borrowers are expected to return the instrument only to Instrument Services, not to their instructor, the Camp Division, or to another student who wants to use it. The borrower should return it as soon as they are finished with it. As long as the instrument is checked out to the borrower, they are responsible for it. If another student needs to use it, both parties need to come to Instrument Services to check out the instrument to the appropriate person. Borrowed instruments may NOT leave campus for any reason.

Camp students are strongly encouraged to bring their own instruments and accessories whenever possible. Availability of instruments is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Luggage carts and wheels will be available to rent for student’s personal instruments. We strongly recommend students bring a cart for large instruments as students frequently move about our large campus with instruments. Please contact Instrument Services at 231.276.7821 if you have questions.


Instrument Rental Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, June 25, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 26, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 2022 12 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 17, 2022 12 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24, 2022 12 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Junior Theatre Production

There are some additional requirements for Junior Theatre Production majors:

  • 1” binder for your script
  • A couple of pencils and an eraser
  • A colorful highlighter
  • An instrument (only if you play, not required)
  • Bottle of water with a lid
  • Hair items for pulling hair back off the face and neck
  • Performance Base Costume:
  • We ask for your help with providing a few items of clothing to serve as a base costume for the performance and for the general comfort of the student. Please keep in mind that students will not have access to the performance clothing items outside of performance. Students will be able to take these items home after the performance:

Please label all with first and last name

  • A pair of black pants with no logos, stripes, other colors (can be leggings)
  • A pair of comfortable jeans or jeggings (preferably darker denim)
  • A solid black tank top or t-shirt with no logos, pattern, other colors
  • A solid white tank top or t-shirt with no logos, pattern, or other colors
  • A pair of black shoes that are easy to move in (no sandals or flip-flops)
  • A bag for these items

Junior Theatre Musical Production

There are some additional requirements for Junior Musical Theatre Production majors:

  • A small recording device
  • 1” binder for your script
  • A couple of pencils and an eraser
  • A colorful highlighter
  • An instrument (only if you play, not required)
  • Bottle of water with a lid
  • Hair items for pulling hair back off the face and neck
  • A black rehearsal top and pair of pants (plain, no writing or images and in addition to uniform and performance costume base)
  • One pair of rehearsal tennis shoes (this can be the performance shoes or in addition)

Performance Base Costume:

  • We ask for your help with providing a few items of clothing to serve as a base costume for the performance and for the general comfort of the student. Please keep in mind that students will not have access to the performance clothing items outside of performance. Students will be able to take these items home after the performance.

Female Identifying Performance (one base costume)

  • A black t-shirt and black pair of pants (plain, no writing or images)
  • A clear zip-up hanging clothing bag for your costume pieces.
  • black jazz shoes
  • A pair of black socks

Male Identifying Performance (one base costume)

  • A black t-shirt and black pair of pants (plain, no writing or images)
  • A clear zip-up hanging clothing bag for your costume pieces.
  • black jazz shoes
  • A pair of black socks

Non-Binary Students 

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

Young Actors Workshop

  • Folder 
  • A couple of pencils and an eraser
  • Bottle of water with a lid
  • Hair items for pulling hair back off the face and neck
  • Presentation Costume (details below)

Presentation Costume:

  • We ask for your help with providing a few items of clothing to serve for the presentation and for the general comfort of the student. Please keep in mind that students will not have access to these clothing items outside of the presentation. Students will be able to take these items home after the presentation.
  • Any colored t-shirt and black pair of pants (plain, no writing or images)
  • A bag with your name into which your shirt and pants can fit (please write your student’s name inside all clothing pieces)

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. 

Additionally, please plan to bring:

  • A sketchbook: Students must bring a sketchbook and basic pencils and/or pens. We recommend a hard-covered sketchbook at least 8”x10” or larger. Non-majors taking art classes may want to provide their own sketchbooks for out-of-class work.
  • All other materials will be provided for Junior students.

Luggage Tags

Items may be shipped ahead using these specific luggage tags.

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

Cabins

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

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