What to Bring

Tip: leave the stress at home

The best thing about being on the island is the opportunity to disconnect from everyday life. That said, it helps to be prepared for island living, so that you can relax and enjoy the best that camp has to offer! Here are some guidelines:


We encourage you to pack economically and, above all, SECURELY. Everything you bring (except instruments and larger items like fans) should be in a suitcase, backpack or tote bag that zips or closes tightly.  That way your stuff will not fall out all over the dock — or into the water!  If your luggage includes boxes of anything, please make sure they are taped shut.

In addition to your clothing for a week (no laundry on the Island!), toiletries, personal items and INSTRUMENT, here is a list of things that campers have found helpful to have with them:

Sunscreen & insect repellent (island mosquitoes are aggressive), hand sanitizer


All that electric stuff (a fan, power strip, camera, digital recorder, etc.)


Toiletries: soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, etc. 


Linens: Beach towel (if you wish to swim), hand towel and washcloth. Note: the island provides bath towels, pillows, sheets and blankets. 


Apparel: rain gear, flip-flops/beach shoes, warm jacket, pants or long skirts if mosquitoes are a concern, sun visor/ball cap, hangers.


Fun stuff: costume for the theme party, books, board games, cards, auction items.


Other: flashlight, some cash and a credit card, ear plugs, notebook & pencils.


What if I get the munchies?

We will provide a variety of snacks, as well as water and lemonade, all day and through the evening.  However, if there is anything special that you know you are going to want, please bring it with you. We seek to provide but do not guarantee a nut-free environment, so if you or your child have allergies please plan to bring your own snacks.

The Island has regular Boston tap water, which is fine for drinking. If you would like bottled water instead, please bring it with you.

What about cash?

The only things you will need money for at camp are (1) music shop purchases, (2) cash bars operated by the island on Visitors’ Day and at the clambake, if you are a grownup, and (3) the fundraising auction, if you want to bid on anything.  The music shop and auction take credit cards.

A word about alcohol:

Alcoholic beverages for personal use are permitted on the island.  The Island will operate cash bars on Tuesday during Visitors’ Day and on Thursday at our clambake.  If you desire alcoholic beverages at any other time, please plan to bring enough for your needs.  The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21.  Underage drinking at BHSFS is strictly prohibited. There will be zero tolerance for underage drinking, and anyone under 21 found to have used alcohol will be required to leave the island immediately.

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