Clothing & Equipment

There is no camp uniform; plain rugged outdoor clothes in good condition are suitable for both base camp and canoe trips. Our camp store offers wool jackets, tumplines, duffel bags, ground sheets, and some sundry items. Store pricing covers only the camp’s costs of these items. It is important to bear in mind while outfitting your camper that equipment and clothing will see hard use. Likewise, your camper will be exposed to the elements while on trip. Cool, wet weather should be anticipated as well as hot and sunny. Dressing in layers is essential to remain warm and dry as well as cool. Popular brands and outlets for purchasing trip clothing (i.e. long underwear, insulating layers, rain gear, and warm jacket) among other equipment needs include:

Essential Equipment

  • Duffel bag with waterproof throat*- available in camp store
  • Tump line*- available in camp store (difficult to find elsewhere)
  • Sleeping bag*
  • Waterproof Ground Sheet*- available in camp store
  • Sleeping pad – short, ultralite model(for insulation) Big Angus, Ridgerest, & Thermarest are popular models
  • Soap and shampoo – biodegradable – like Dr. Bronner’s or Campsuds
  • Toilet kit – this should include regular toilet articles and an extra toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses and contacts
  • Sunglasses with attachment cord
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp with batteries
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • Bug repellant

*See below for detailed descriptions

Pack the following clothes for the trip home in a separate Ziploc bag: one pair underwear, socks, pants or shorts and shirt.

Essential Clothing

We discourage canoe tripping in cotton clothing as cotton does not retain body heat when wet.

  • Warm jacket – heavy wool or fleece material (it gets cold up here!)
  • 2 long sleeve wool or fleece shirts – 1 lightweight, 1 heavy
  • 2 pair pants*
  • 5 pair underwear (1-2 pair capilene or wool)
  • 2 pair shorts*
  • 1 pair jeans for base camp
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts – synthetic or wool
  • 1 pair long underwear, wool or fleece
  • 3 T-shirts*
  • Footwear – 3 pairs minimum*
  • 5 pair wool socks*
  • Bathing suit – 2 piece best for girls
  • Rain suit
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Baseball cap
  • 2 Handkerchiefs or bandannas
  • 2 Bath towels – 1 full size, 1 pack towel

Optional Outfit List

  • PFD: i.e. Life jacket – should be a vest type model and a good fit (these are also provided)
  • Wool or fleece vest
  • Small pocket knife*
  • Laundry bag
  • Scrub brush for laundry – available in camp store
  • Camera – plus waterproof bag or ammo box if appropriate and extra batteries
  • Pajamas or sleepwear
  • 1 pair warm gloves (wool or polypropylene) for cold weather
  • 55-liter dry bag*
  • 5 to 15 liter dry bag for books/wool jacket
  • Backpack with padded shoulders for 13 years and older (for day use)
  • Books – paperback
  • Ziploc bags
  • Journal and pencil
  • Tennis racket and shoes
  • Cards and/or chess, cribbage sets, etc.
  • Fishing gear – spinning or spin-casting: 6-12 lbs. test line plus lures for pike, walleye, bass, and trout

Equipment Descriptions

  • Duffel Bag: Should have an approximate size of 13″ x 30″ and a waterproof throat. An excellent model is available through the camp store. The duffel bag dimensions are important as this size bag fits in the canoe easily.
  • Tump Line: Essential for carrying equipment. Available for purchase at the camp store, and difficult to find elsewhere.
  • Ground Sheet: A 6′ x 8′ tarp is excellent, inexpensive, and available at the camp store.
  • Sleeping Bag: Many campers and staff prefer synthetic sleeping bags, as bags filled with down are not warm when wet and can take several days to fully dry. When thinking about your camper’s sleeping bag, look for something that is warm as well as compressible. Sleeping bags should be rated 20-35 degrees (or personal preference). Bags that are a partial mummy shape are preferred to full mummy bags as they are easier to roll.
  • Long Pants: 2 pairs made of synthetic fibers in addition to trip home clothes. Nylon camp pants are excellent because they are durable and quick-drying. Pants that convert to shorts are popular and very convenient. Many staff and campers prefer Dickies pants (a poly/cotton blend) as they are quick drying, durable and inexpensive.Jeans for trip are unacceptable as they are slow to dry and offer little insulation when wet, but are okay to wear around base camp.
  • Shorts: 2 pairs, plus a bathing suit. Any shorts are appropriate as long as they can last the whole season.
  • Long Underwear: 1 pair leggings. Wool, silk, or synthetic preferred.
  • T-Shirts: at least 3.
  • Long-Sleeved Shirts: 2 or 3 wool or synthetic. They provide protection from the sun and insects and are comfortable when it is cold. Button down shirts are popular.
  • Wool or Pile Jacket (or Sweater): This is a crucial insulating layer, available over a broad price range. Some staff and campers prefer pile or fleece-type jackets.
  • Rain Suit: Do not compromise here. Please be sure to bring both a rain jacket and rain pants. – they are both essential.  Taped seams, cuffs that tighten and an adjustable hood are essential characteristics for a good piece of rain gear. Durability is important. Ponchos offer little protection and are unacceptable.
  • Footwear: A minimum of 3 pairs of shoes is essential.
  • Trip Shoes: A durable pair of shoes or boots is absolutely necessary and should be suitable for all terrain. Trip shoes will get wet. They should provide support and protection and also be able to last the whole season. A light to medium weight synthetic hiking boot or shoe that will drain is best. Staff and campers prefer a range of full-grain leather to Gore-Tex, high to low top, lightweight, and fast-drying. Converse Chuck Taylors are not acceptable. Some popular and excellent brands include KEEN, Oboz, Merrell, Salomon, Patagonia, The North Face and Vasque.
  • Camp/Dry Shoes: Comfortable shoes to wear in base camp or around the campsite, such as high-top Chuck Taylors, lightweight hikers or an old pair of sneakers. Campers should not bring sandals for their only camp shoes. Some campers on long trips like to bring a short Bean Boot to wear at the campsite, as they keep your feet dry, these can be found at L.L.Bean.
  • Sandals: A pair of sturdy sandals for swimming. Popular brands include Teva, KEEN, Chaco, Crocs, and Merrell.
  • Wool Socks: 5 pairs. These are essential not only for their warmth and durability, but also for their ability to help prevent blisters. They should be at least 80% wool, and a limited supply is available at the camp store. Hook and loop is the best style. Brands include SmartWool, Darn Tough, Wigwam and Icebreaker.  
  • Small pocket knife: This should be limited to a small folding knife or Leatherman. Sheathed knives and blades over 2 inches are unacceptable.
  • 55 liter dry bag: This is not necessary but many campers and staff choose to use this item to keep sleeping bag and clothes dry. Any smaller than 55 liters and the roll will not fit. The popular brand among staff and campers is SealLine (Baja Bag), other brands include NRS, Sea to Summit, and Outdoor Research.



Travel & Transportation

Keewaydin is located on Lake Temagami in Ontario, Canada, 300 miles north of Toronto. Supervised travel is provided by bus from the Toronto airport to the Lake, and then by boat to Keewaydin’s Devil’s Island base camp. The trip is easily made in a day from anywhere in the mainland United States.

For parents planning a visit please check GOOGLE MAPS for best routes to Lake Temagami from North Bay, Ontario.


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