This year IGNITE will be at Pine Summit Camp in Big Bear, CA. In regards to packing, we ask that you only bring a backpack and a small duffel bag. Carry-on regulations are a good measurement for equivalent size of duffel bag to bring…even though we will be traveling by bus and not by plane. Everyone will be staying at Pine Summit for three days and two nights. Please note that many of the activities that we will be able to be experiencing require comfortable-active clothes and tennis shoes.
Packing at a Glance
Close Toed Shoes
Active Clothes - Appropriate attire required
Hat (If that is your thing)
Sweatshirt and long pants (Evenings)
Extended Edition with Commentary
What to Bring:
You will need to bring a Sleeping Bag. You will not be sleeping on the floor or outside, so do not fear. All freshmen (and women) will be sleeping in cabins on beds.
You will need to bring a Pillow. One that you will rest your head on after a FULL day of FUN!! and other activities.
Flashlight (Your phone might not be enough, due to spotty service). There are not as many lights at Pine Summit as there are in the city of Riverside. We will actually be able to see the stars, which is my favorite part, …probably due to the fact that we are above the lights and smog :)
Toiletries - Toothbrush, toothpaste, shower essentials, etc. You will only be at the camp for two nights. Target or Wal-Mart will have great small containers of shampoo, conditioner, soap etc. Bringing a COSTCO size of all of these products is probably not a good plan. Also we will be going up in altitude from 900 ft to almost 7000 ft, so putting all liquids into a baggie would be a Good Idea..you read it here first.
Towel usually goes with showers, but just had to let you know.
Sunscreen is a brilliant thing to bring to IGNITE 2014 - Mt. High Experience. There will be many activities, especially on Thursday that will be outside. Getting sunburned is no fun!!! We want you to have as much fun as possible and so to increase the FUN please bring the SPF that best fits you. Sunglasses are also essential. You not only look cool but you are protecting your eyes as well. Eyes can get sunburned too... feels like sandpaper….NOT GOOD.
The mountains in California are a beautiful place to be this time of year, but because of the altitude you will need to drink more water than you normally do. So please bring your own Water Bottle. You will also want bring Chapstick, in order to protect you from having chafed, chapped, sunburned, cracked, or windburned lips.
Safety First, last, and always. Please bring and wear closed-toed shoes. We would really like you to keep all of the toes you go up to the mountains with. Some of the activities and events will be inside, but most will be in The Outdoors. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to wear your flip flops year-round once we get down the mountain :)
Thursday will be full of FUN and games. Active clothes, which can include jeans if you wish or shorts and a t-shirt, are clothes that you feel comfortable in and you are able to move, run, jump, paintball, etc. in.
Hats are another way to protect you from the sun’s intense rays and have some added style.
“Logos, pictures & wording on clothes should be in harmony with Christian principles. Clothing with derogatory, offensive &/or lewd messages and clothing which allows undergarments to be visually observed is NOT permitted” ... All undergarments must remain… under garments.
- Student Handbook p46
*Read all of page 46 if you need more clarification. If you are now suddenly immensely interested and would like to find out more information about the Student Handbook … You can type “handbook” into the search bar at the top and it will take you to where you need to go.
California has beautiful weather and one of the best parts about the mountains is that it is cooler than Riverside. In the evenings Big Bear has the potential to drop in temperature, at least 20-30 degrees. Estimated temperature will be between 70 and 85 during the day and 50-60 at night. I know that some of you will be coming from states where 50-60 is hot and some are coming from places that 50 - 60 is “massive-jacket-weather.” Sweatshirt and long pants are recommended for the evenings.
For some, because we were just born sweeter, bugs are naturally drawn to us. If you are prone to being a bug-magnet we suggest that you bring something to redirect that effect. We will be outside, in the Mountains and so Bug spray may be necessary to control the pests.
Cell Phones: I fully understand your desire to bring up your cell phone, however because of the location you may or may not have service. We do not want your phone to distract you in anyway. Facebook will still be there when you get back. Nevertheless, we would love it if you would take as many pictures as you would like and ### till your hearts content. To experience IGNITE to its fullest we need you to be present…a relatively antique concept that La Sierra will try to introduce you to :)
*Staring at your phone screen is not present.
**If you choose to bring your cell phone, you will also need to bring your charger. It will die without it.
What Not to Bring:
Food and Snacks. We promise to feed you. The food might not be as good as a home cooked meal, made with love, but the bears that live in the mountains will not be able to resist snacks... They love snacks! We really have no desire to have an up-close-and-personal-encounter with the bears that have named the location that we are going to, “ BIG BEAR”. So please refrain from bringing any extra food.
Suits and Prom dresses are not advised. We will not be planning an event at IGNITE where those will be necessary. The SALSU (Student Association of La Sierra University) banquet later this school year would be a perfect place to be that stunning.
Heels always make a statement. I am sure you are saying, “ But I can do anything in heels! I can run, jump, fly…” IGNITE is going to need you to make a more practical statement with your choice in shoes.
Your favorite item of clothing might not need to take this trip with you. It is your call but know that it will be exposed to the outdoors. Dirt might jump onto it and forever be a part of your favorite shirt, pants, hat, etc.
Do not bring your laptop or gaming system. There will be no access to WiFi... Pinterest will survive without you pining for a few days and Skyping will need to wait until we have gotten back from the mountains. Furthermore Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Legend of Zelda, HALO, and whatever other games are played “now a days” will have to be battled, raided, fought, or defeated as soon as you get back to school on the 26th of September (ETA 14:00 hours) Once again we need you to be present.
And to conclude...
We are so excited to welcome you to La Sierra University. You are about to join a university that will forever change your future, a community that values education (To Seek Truth), believes in a deep-meaningful faith tradition (To Know God), and a family that truly cares about you (To Serve Others). After this trip, with you meeting new classmates, resourceful peer-leaders, SUPER enthusiastic staff, and Pastor Sam your first year at La Sierra will be nothing less than “Fantastic.” We know that La Sierra University will become a place where you BELONG!
Kaitlin Rice, BA
Special Projects Coordinator
Division of Student Life
La Sierra University