What to Bring

What to Bring

Items in italic are optional, but worth considering.

Admission:

  • Map to PSG site, signed admission passes for each adult and each youth, any additional passes sent along (e.g. Electric, Merchant, Onsite Parking)
  • Photo ID for each adult (required at Gate for admittance)
  • If merchanting, Merchant Permit and means to display your goods and services

 

Camping Supplies:

  • Tent or camper
  • White cloth strips or colored tape ties to mark tent ropes for safety
  • Sleeping bag and pillow and/or other bedding
  • A small wagon or luggage cart to haul water and/or firewood to your campsite
  • Air mattress to cushion ground sleeping, and a tarp to shade your campsite
  • Camp table and chairs for food preparation and dining: campground does not provide picnic tables
  • Banners and other decorations for your campsite
  • Earphones that silence external speakers if you choose to bring a boom box, tape deck, TV, and/or radio
  • Earplugs to use at night if you are a light sleeper
  • Cushion, mat, or lawn chair(s) to sit on during workshops
  • Flashlight and/or lantern, plus extra batteries
  • Drinking water jug or other container for water
  • Goldfish or animal crackers, dried fruit, juice boxes, powdered tempura paint, napping tents, supplies for craft projects you are willing to lead for children, QUALITY TOYS or monetary contributions to a toy fund, to donate to Childcare
  • Bicycle for enjoyment and/or moving through camp quickly (suggested for Heralds, Coordinators)

 

Food Supplies:

  • Food and beverages, enough for the duration of your stay; Gatorade or similar drink for hot days
  • Water filtration pitcher for campsite use
  • Food preparation supplies: cups, bowls, plates, eating utensils, cutting board, cooler, propane cookstove, hot pads, paper towels, napkins, folding table(s), food storage containers, etc.
  • Potluck serving utensil

 

Hygiene Items:

  • Cloth towels and washcloth; paper towels
  • Bio-degradable shampoo and soap; toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries
  • Allergy and/or other prescription medicine, if applicable
  • Bucket or dishpan for clean-up
  • Insect repellent
  • Four rolls of toilet paper
  • Trash bags with twist-ties; 5 recycling bins, boxes, bags, or other containers for your campsite
  • Cardboard to catch leaks under vehicles, if applicable

 

Clothing:

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Warm clothing for cool evenings (may get down into the 50s F) and cool clothing for warm days (usually in 80s - 90s F)
  • Rain gear (poncho, boots, umbrella, etc.)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and other Sun protection for your body
  • Swimming suit and goggles

 

Ritual & Program Gear:

  • Candle inside a jar or candle lantern for ritual processions, plus extra candles
  • Notebook and writing instrument for workshops
  • Drums, rattles, bells, and/or other musical instruments
  • Sacred dress and ceremonial tools for rituals and processionals
  • Faery wings/costume for children in children's pageant
  • Amulet, ritual tool, or other magical object with special meaning to give away at the Community Gift Exchange
  • Magical item to donate to the Raffle & Silent Auction
  • Stone or rock from your home area for the PSG Sacred Stones Altar, later to become part of the Stone Circle at Circle Sanctuary
  • A flower, fresh or dried herbs, corn, tobacco, or other natural offering to give to the Spirits of the Land
  • Blankets and/or granite stones to donate to the sweatlodge
  • Sacred objects to be placed on the PSG Community Altar and/or for community rituals (Bast Ritual, Rainbow Ritual, etc.)
  • Magical centering tools and/or sacred altar objects, to be donated or loaned to the Psyche's Grotto
  • Outrageous garb for the adult Pan's Ball at Rainbow Camp on Friday night
  • Mementos of deceased loved ones (human or animal) for the Ancestor Altar.  Must be weatherproof and replaceable, and you are responsible for collecting them the Saturday of the Gathering.
  • Donations of spiritual items or jewlery (in good condition) for Operation Circle Care to be sent to Pagan troops.  Bring your donations to the Warrior Spirit Center.
  • Lots of Love, Bliss, and Spirit!

 

DO NOT BRING:

  • Firewood.  To help prevent the spread of emerald ash borer, Illinois law prohibits moving firewood.  Wood for personal campfires is sold at the Info Center.
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Firearms.  No firearms are permitted, open or concealed, regardless of any permit held by the firearm's owner.
  • Fireworks
  • Pets or companion animals
  • Friends not pre-registered
  • Motorized recreational vehicles such as ATVs or jet-skis.