What to bring to Tribe

The weekend you've been waiting for is almost upon you. You've secured your place in history. All you have left to do is pack. But what's your approach? A bug-out bag easily snatched when the air-raid sirens sound in the dead of night? A steel reinforced suitcase capable of withstanding extreme temperatures? The staff, kerchief, and coffee can of a rail-hopping hobo? The choice is yours, but choose wisely—for while true preparation will bring you life, false preparation could take it from you...

This year, we will be camping (not glamping) 2 nights on the Wisconsin River. With that in mind, you're going to want to pack as light as possible. Remember, you'll only have 1/2 of a canoe to stow everything you're bringing with you.

Here's a nifty checklist from REI in case you want to do further prep.


  • Payment. Surprise! Please pay your dues (or your packing will be in vain—seriously).

Highly recommended

  • 8-man tents. All tents will be collected and set up prior to your arrival on Friday afternoon/evening. If you have a tent to contribute, please bring it to church on Sunday 7/22 or contact elders@edgeaurora.com.
  • Coolers. 24-30" chest coolers are needed and will be collected on Sunday 7/22 at church. Please bring if you have one!
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing: you don't need much. Think versatile; clothes that can get wet/dirty, are breathable, dry quickly, convert to shorts, etc.
  • Footwear: think versatile and water-friendly. Swim shoes, water socks, adventure sandals, etc.; you don't really need more than one pair. Here are some ideas.
  • Bible (don't show up to the battlefield without a weapon)
  • Flashlight/headlamp (we move under cover of darkness)
  • Sunscreen/bugspray. Whatever you think you need, double it. 
  • Ear plugs if you can't sleep through snoring; don't say we didn't warn you.
  • Dry sacks—to keep all your stuff dry on the river. The highest rated bag out there is the Sea to Summit Big River bag.
  • Headwear: wide-brimmed hat, ball cap, bandana ... something to block the sun when needed
  • Hydration: high capacity water bottle or hydration pack (e.g., Camelback)


  • Camping throne/chair
  • Recreational gear (fishing gear, ball gloves, frisbees, Kan Jam, Spikeball, football, volleyball, etc.)
  • Adventure tools: knife, hatchet, compass, flint, headlamp, flashlight, rope, etc.
  • Rain jacket
  • War paint


  • Excuses
  • Whining/sass
  • Politics
  • Cardigans
  • Drama