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Preparing for Camp

We want to do everything we can to make the process of getting ready for camp as easy as possible for you. Of course, the earlier you get started on preparing for camp, the easier it will be for you and your family. We know there are lots of details to keep track of, and we want to help you find everything you need all in one place. We will keep this page updated with a checklist of things that should be done ahead of time to make the days leading up to camp stress-free.

Family Handbooks

We have 4 handbooks (Pioneer, Main Camp, Senior Camp and CIT) that contain all of the detailed information you need to know for the summer – what to pack, how to send your bags, travel to camp, etc. We suggest new and current families to read the handbook each year as things do change. To access the handbooks, please go to


Camper duffels must be shipped to camp ahead of time. Please make sure you register before May 1. We have two companies that we work with:

R&B Camp Baggage

Our primary baggage shipping company is R&B Camp Baggage. R&B serves all camp families who live east of the Mississippi.

Ship Camps

For those families who live west of the Mississippi, we recommend using Ship Camps.


Forms go live by March 1 and can be found by signing into your CampInTouch account.  These necessary forms include camper medicals, biographies and permission slips. Forms are due May 1.

The Camp Spot

While we are not a uniform camp, all campers coming to Camp Walt Whitman are required to have two of our green Camp Walt Whitman t-shirts.  You can find these shirts, along with lots of other CWW clothing by accessing The Camp Spot’s full Camp Walt Whitman catalog. T While many campers enjoy having Camp Walt Whitman “swag” like sweatshirts and other clothing, please remember that the only required item to purchase is two CWW green t-shirts.


Any medication that campers take daily, including vitamins, must be pre-packaged ahead of time through CampMeds.  This will ensure that our medical staff distributes the correct dose of the correct medication to your child each day.


Coach Buses

  • Full Session – Camp will provide service to camp on June 23 and home on August 9 to Purchase, NY, Fairfield, CT and Newton/Lexington, MA.
  • First Session/CIT– Camp will provide service to camp on June 23 from Purchase, NY; Fairfield, CT; and Newton, MA. First session parents should plan on taking their child home on July 20 between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.
  • Second Session – Camp will provide bus service from Purchase, NY at 9:00 AM on Sunday, July 21. Alternatively, parents who would like to drop their child off at camp may do so between 10:30 and 11:00 AM. Camp will provide transportation home by coach bus on August 9 to Purchase, NY, Fairfield, CT and Lexington, MA.


We offer chaperoned flights from/to Miami, Los Angeles, DC Metro area and Austin, TX. We are now partnering with Tara Vaz at Atlas Travel to provide a more efficient flight booking service for our camp families. Their online reservation system is up and ready for you to reserve your camper’s seat on your desired flight. Click here to be directed to their registration website.

For those campers flying from alternate locations, please contact our office to arrange for airport pick-up and drop-off.

Hotel Rooms

Visiting Day will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2024.  You can find our hotel recommendations towards the back of the handbook.


There are two products we recommend for music:

  • The first is the Campfire Player, a device that was designed just for summer camp. The Campfire Player has a small screen to help campers find their song or playlist, but  has no apps, games, videos, social media, etc.
  • The second recommendation is the Mighty Vibe, a small, screenless music device that is water resistant and drop resistant.

Important Dates & Rates

Session Session DatesCost
Full Session (7 weeks)June 23 - August 9$15,750
1st Session (4 weeks)June 23 - July 20$11,100
2nd Session (3 weeks)July 21 - August 9$8,600
Pioneer 1July 21- July 27$2,000
Pioneer 2July 28 - August 3$2,000
Visiting DayJuly 20