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Bug spray or wipes snacks for the cabin coins for the vending machine deck of cards
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Discuss issues on good sportsmanship and downplaying incidents. My son's camp had kids (and counselors) that encouraged pranks. Older kids had brought shaving cream to fill campers backpack and beds with. It didn't set well with me and my son didn't handle it well. I certainly never expected it but I guess it happens - so discuss how to handle incidents.
I would recommend Camelback-type hydration backpacks, unless the camp is providing those. You can usually get an off-brand version at Costco for about $35, and extra "bladders" (water pouches) for about $10 at Academy. (Since you mentioned Enchanted Rock, I'm assuming you're in the Austin or SAT area.) A pack like that will have pockets to carry their camera, sunscreen, and so forth. I'd recommend a safety whistle as well, just in case the worst happens and they get separated from the group. (Look over the pack; a lot of times they include a whistle on the zipper pull.)
Other than that, err on the side of packing light. The less stuff they take, the less they have to worry about losing, hauling around, etc. In particular, make them leave home any electronic devices or anything expensive. Nothing ruins camp like misplacing your $100 Swiss Army knife and thinking one of your tentmates stole it. They need water and sun protection, and that's about it. If they do forget something, someone else will let them borrow.
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