Camp Dress Code
We want all participants at El Ranchito to be safe and to enjoy time outside, much of which is in full sun. We also want all participants to feel included and respected. This Dress Code Policy takes sun protection safety and community respect into consideration and will apply at all times for campers and staff.
Come to camp expecting to get dirty and choose clothing accordingly. Campers wearing inappropriate articles of clothing may be required to change. Campers who are not prepared or refuse to comply with this policy may be sent home.
- Attire must allow for easy, comfortable movement for camp activities, including hiking.
- Pants and shorts must completely cover underwear and stay up without the use of hands. No skirts or dresses allowed.
- All shirts must
- cover shoulders, have sleeves and not be see-through
- completely cover torso at all times (including when reaching up & bending over)
- be void of unfriendly or inappropriate artwork or words
- Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times in camp, on the trails, on field trips, and in swimming pools and creeks (El Ranchito provides campers with water shoes). EXCEPTION: Director may decide water shoes are not required when swimming at a built, in-ground swimming pool.
- Sturdy shoes or boots are required for hiking. Session 3 and CC will go backpacking.
- Swimwear: For sun protection, all campers and staff must wear camp-issued T-shirts that fully cover torso in and out of the water. Males must wear shorts or swim trunks (no skin tight swim briefs); females must wear one-piece or two-piece swimsuits. Swimming in see-through clothing or in underwear is not allowed.
- The following are prohibited: articles of clothing, hats or tattoos displaying inappropriate symbols, pictures or language for a nature camp setting (i.e. promoting drugs, alcohol, disrespectful messages, inappropriate art, etc.)
- Sun hats are recommended (they need to be easy to manage and fit securely).
Additional requirements for Conservation Corps:
Corps members may be required to wear camp-issued CC shirts during field trips. CC staff and members are expected to adhere to these special requirements for work projects.
- Work boots (provided by camp) and long pants are required during work projects.
- Sweatpants and running pants are not allowed; canvas or denim is recommended.
- Clothes must be free of holes larger than an inch in diameter.
- Corps members may bring additional items including: sunglasses and long sleeve shirt.
- Corps members will be issued personal protective equipment that must be worn as directed, including work boots, hard hats, gloves and eye protection.
- Hairstyles and jewelry/accessories must be managed in such a way as to not create a safety hazard or interfere with the work, as determined by the Conservation Corps staff.
Staff members are required to wear issued El Ranchito T-shirts during camp sessions, including while swimming and at the family picnics at the close of each session.