Packing and Food

Items to Pack

Just bring what you would normally bring for a weekend at camp - this is a great way to relish the last weekend of summer!
  • Your friends!  
  • Sheets, pillows, blankets, comforter or sleeping bags for single beds 
  • Towels and washcloths 
  • Personal items and toiletries, soap, shampoo 
  • Bibles, pen or pencils 
  • Life jacket, any water safety materials 
  • Swimwear, beach shoes 
  • Cameras and recharging stations 
  • Flashlights 
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen 
  • Rain gear, or an umbrella for shade 
  • Recreational items you enjoy: baseball gloves and bats, balls, tennis rackets, hiking boots, sketchpad, binoculars, cameras, reading, board games, crafts, etc. 
  • Lawn chairs or seat cushions
  • Feel free to bring any snacks you enjoy
Click for Hinsdale, Massachusetts ForecastPLEASE NOTE: It can be cool at night in the Berkshires. Please be sure to bring blankets, bedding and clothes for cool weather. We've had temperatures down to low 50's high 40's, of course there has been weather that has had temperature highs as well, so it's best to prepare for both extremes (layers!). Check the weather report here before you go!

Food service

Volunteer to help feed the Retreat!

  • Please bring a breakfast pastry (bagels, turnovers, muffins, bialys, croissants, donuts, tartlets, scones, etc.) and/or a dessert to share. Lutheran potlucks are the best!
  • Note that the retreat food service can accomodate very basic food allergies but we need to know ahead of time! Email welslabordayretreat@gmail.com to work with us to make your experience enjoyable!
  • Please fill out our survey to volunteer at one meal—let's all serve one another in love!