The ULTIMATE Summer Camp Glossary (or "55 ways to describe going to the bathroom at camp")

The ULTIMATE Summer Camp Glossary (or "55 ways to describe going to the bathroom at camp")

Welcome to the camp universe where Doug is the name of the shovel you take to poop in the woods and Mr. No Shoulders is an uninvited snake on your site.

We hope you enjoy this comprehensive guide to navigating summer camp code. Contributions to this camp glossary come from the amazing camp pros on the Summer Camp Professionals Facebook group. A huge thanks to all contributors.

Bathroom Issues

"Camper A needs to use the facili-trees, can I grab the potty blanket?" "Sorry hold on a sec, Camper B is watering a tree over there and has it"

Outdoor bathroom facilities (AKA taking care of your needs in the woods)

Doug = the name of the shovel you take to poop in the woods (when you have to dig a cat hole, you get a little garden shovel. All you have to do is ask for Doug and we know what you need)


Fertilize a Tree

Potty blanket = sheet with a rope sewn into to it to hang up for privacy when you pee/poop in the woods

Scepter =  shovel for toilet in the woods and your toilet paper is the Orb. Only then can you ascend the throne

TIFFY = toilet in the forest for you (cousin of the BIFFY, aka a toilet seat on a box meant for #2 only and that usually has a nice view)

Water a Tree

Bathroom Emergencies 

Brown Trout = poop emergency for pool situations. See also: {insert pool director}’s nightmare

Code Brown = poop emergency

Eleventy = if someone was about to have an accident and eleventy billion if someone already had an accident

Please don't bother me, I'm in the bathroom

I'm gonna need 5-7

Me time = a radio response that indicates that you are on the toilet, and it would be really awkward for you to have a conversation right now, but you hear them and will respond when you are finished, so they should stop paging you. (Perfect example of when to use, "I'm gonna need 5 to 7")

General Bathroom Vocabulary

Barking spiders = fart

Bif = to use the Biffy = go to the bathroom

GP = group poop

High Voltage = staff bathroom

KYBO / Bogs = bathroom

Mileage = toilet paper

Toilet paper mitten = Wrapping so much tp around your hand it looks like a mitten. 

WaxMelts = time to poop

Animal Danger

We share our camp sites with animals of all shapes and sizes. Some real and some mythical. To avoid panic and pandemonium, camp staff have invented some creative ways of referring to these creatures...

Beware of the Bear

Big black dogs

Big Vic and Little Vic

Code 99 (Code 99 usually worked except for the staffer who said, “ We’ve got a code 99 and her cubs walking by the craft shop.”)

Paddington is visiting the latrines!

Warm & fuzzy

Yogi is here for his picnic basket

Snake on Site

Code Silver (named after legends of the hidden temple "silver snakes")

Code Winston

Moses Staff

Mr. No Shoulders

Walker or Noodle

Bed Bugs

Cheerios ( "I found cheerios in room 13 again")

Rusty Bolts (Radio maintenance for suspected "rusty bolts" in a cabin. Suspected bedbugs, check it now!!!!)

Mythical (or not) creatures

Beavershark = the creature that will attack you if you aren't properly applying sunscreen or bug spray.

Biff - the Huge wolf spiders than no one wanted to touch!

Crocoturtle = He attacks campers that don’t stay on the path around the lake. But the flying crocoturtles are the worst! 

Water buffaloes = A cross between a cow and a hippo.(I think) They live on the outside of the swimming area and will attack if you go past the lines.

Other Animals

Bruce is visiting Cabin = counselor code for "there's a bat in cabin _____. (Cleverly based on Bruce Wayne, aka Batman)

Code Moo = cows have broken onto camp property and senior staff must try and wrangle/chase them off site

Fart Squirrel = Skunk

Stacy's mom is here = Cougar

Trash Panda = Raccoon 

We need deodorant = Wasps on the ropes course

Hanging out and Chilling

Clumping = a group of 3 or more youth development professionals talking without youth nearby. (See Also: The Faux Clump and Tea Party)

The Faux Clump = a group of 3 or more youth development professionals desperately trying to keep a single youth nearby so they can continue to talk to each other without it being considered clumping.

Tea Party = a group of 3 or more camp staff clearing spilling the tea instead of engaging with youth

HOBC (either spelled out H.O.B.C or pronounced hob-kah) = hangout, be cool

Mossin' = chilling so much you are growing moss.

Truddy = a trio of buddies in the swim area.

Affection and Relationships

3 foot rule = previous camp coupling reminder to distance or Covid19 practice for upcoming 6 foot rule

Camp Googles = the phenomenon in which staff find each other more desirable throughout summer due to lack of options and proximity, despite actual compatibility.

Lifechecks = a consensual life affirming hug. “The best way to show what a lifechecks is, is to show what it is not.”

Melted = boy/girl/person-friend breakup

Scoop = boy/girl/person-friend

Sidehug = safe camper contact (pre-Corona)

TITTC (Take it to the City) = When a camp relationship continues after the summer

Staff Taking Some Time Off

Counting Trees = staff two hours off.

Doing Paperwork (because no camper wants to hear about paperwork)

Staff Meeting = A short break from children to play some hacky sack

Lifeguard Training = staff swim

Nature Listen = lay on your bed and take a nap.

Washing My Chacos

You have a meeting with Suzanne (the CEO) = your bosses are giving you extra time off, GIT!

Dining and Delicacies

Fuggets = chicken nuggets and French fries lunch

Hopper = helpers during meals (they hop up to get more food for the table). The person who has to bring the slop buckets up at meals.

Hutchin (like hut-kitchen) = unit cook shelters.

Jumper = the person who has to clear the dishes at your table for that meal

McHerbies = breakfast sausage, egg, and cheese on English muffins!

Mung = the juice at meal time (also the lake stuff you rake at the beach thus ... the drink) 

Poo Brew = Coffee

Totchos = tater tots with nacho toppings!

General Camp Terminology

Home Sick Child

Domestic Nostalgia

Flying Purple Cow = a camper with very bad homesickness.

Sticky Marshmallow

Tadger = the friendly tiger/badger/jaguar who writes letters to campers who are missing home.

Supply Basement



Inner Sanctum


Room of Requirement = has all our special event supplies

At the Lake/Pool

Code Popsicle = when a camper ‘falls’ in a body of water that they were not supposed to enter at that time

Jife = lifejacket

Pookey = pool gate key


Bendo = trash/ litter that you bend over to pick up

Buddy line = a line of buddies to get from point a to point b. ("Buddy line, buddy line. This may take up all our time. We can't seem to get it straight, that is why we're always late. Buddy line!")

Gravity check = to trip over nothing or fall for no reason

JOCC = Joint Operations Command Center = Camp Director’s shared office with Assistant Director

Lash = flashlight

Patch N Go = Health Center

Ptyrodactal = upset parent

Rockos = getting a rock stuck in your chaco

Trip flops = flip flops

Summer camp = where socks go to die

Add your Own Entries....

Do you have a terms of your own that you'd like to add? We'd love to hear about it so please write it in the comments...

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If Camp Directors Ruled the World, These Would be the Laws

If Camp Directors Ruled the World, These Would be the Laws

What would the world look like if it was rule by summer camp professionals? We asked our friends on the Camp Pros Facebook group about the first law they would implement if they ruled the world. They didn't agree on everything.

Glitter seemed to be the most divisive issue but there was wide consensus on a lot of laws. For one, no one would ever be thirsty because you'd always have to be drinking water. And you definitely need to take a buddy! Presenting, the law according to camp pros...

Take a buddy
Walk, don't run
Nap time after lunch
Sunblock and hydration for all
No Glitter (Or maybe yes)
Spaghetti Mondays
Name tags all the time for everyone
Tie dye Tuesdays
If you have a disagreement that you cannot resolve, rock/paper/scissors… or a dance-off
No bullying
1 glass of water before everything
Send in your paperwork on time
No Running UP the slides
60 minutes play time every day for children (and adults)
Closed toe shoes! No exceptions
Every national anthem is now a repeat-after-me song (and a do-as-I-do song)
‘Hi’ or high five when ever you pass anyone
All military resources are devoted toward being able to capture the flag
Sing a song and get a free meal at ANY restaurant at any time
Poison ivy is on the FBI Most Wanted List
There is no bad weather, only poor clothing choices
All meetings MUST include s’mores
Minimum of 15 minutes of Ice Breakers at the start of every meeting
Future Presidents would be decided by a noise decibel meter
All Acts of War and/or Pranks must be approved by Leadership Staff prior to implementation.
Ye shall not challenge bus drivers, the dining hall, or the weather
Leave each place better than you found it
Every day, closing community campfires!
Wash your hands

Thanks to the amazing camp camp professionals who contributed to this article!

This article was brought to you by Pack for Camp. Contact us about building an online logowear store for your camp.


The Easiest Way to Create an Online Logowear Store

The Easiest Way to Create an Online Logowear Store

Logowear can be a big part of a camp’s identity. Wearing camp logowear is a way for campers, parents and alumni to identify with the camp, feel camp pride and stay connected. Logowear is often available for purchase during camp or at specific times of year but more and more camps are looking to make their logowear available all year round by setting up an online store. 

This article will describe a model of an online logowear store that helps you overcome the traditional challenges of selling online and allows you to get up and running relatively quickly with minimal effort in time and resources.

Traditional challenges of selling online

People are often wary of creating an online store because of the following challenges:


How many t-shirts should I order? How many different colors and sizes? What I do with the 50 extra small yellow t-shirts that I’m left with afterwards? What if I order something and it doesn’t sell at all?


How do I take the orders? Do I set up my own website? If I incorporate it into my own website, do I have the ability to take payment online? Who is going to manage this website year round?


Where do I keep all my inventory year round if I don’t have any space in my offices and the camp canteen is not accessible off season?


How am I going to handle packaging and delivery? Am I going to have to make a trip to the post office every week to deliver individual packages? How much is that going to cost me? Who is going to be responsible for that? 


Will I make any money off my store? Am I actually going to lose money on the inventory I don’t manage to sell? Do I even have the human resources to handle this?

The Solution: Hosted Print-On-Demand (POD) Store

At Pack for Camp, we provide a model that allows you to create an online store that is available to campers year round. Our model answers all of the above challenges so that setting up a store is free, easy and involves little to no maintenance. 


We host the store on our website, which means that all the logistics around setting up and maintaining a website, taking orders and accepting payments are all taken care of because the webpage is created and hosted by Pack for Camp.

Print on Demand

All our items are printed on demand. In simple terms this means that the item is only printed when somebody actually buys it. We print one item at a time so no single item has to be ordered or paid for in advance. For example, a camp can offer 20 different items in their store including t-shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, mugs, accessories and more. When a camper orders one of these items, the specific item is printed and delivered to the person who ordered it. 

Effectively this means that you never have to worry about holding inventory or about ordering quantities in advance. You can offer an item in multiple colors and with multiple different logos and if you don’t sell any, you know what happens? Nothing! The item is only printed once it’s paid for by the camper.

Storage and Delivery

When a camper orders from your store, it is delivered directly to the address they choose. All the logistics of storage and delivery are handled on our end. The camp does not need to hold any inventory and does not need to concern itself with physically delivering the item to the camper. No packaging, no trips to the post office, no logistics. 

What does it cost me?

 Nothing. And you make some money… Because you are not ordering anything in advance or committing to any minimums there is no cost in buying inventory. The service is free to set up and maintain and you get a 10% commission (minus shipping and handling) on every item sold. 

Available all year round

Even if you have your own canteen, your webstore will be available 24/7 all year round. That means that campers, parents, alumni, staff, and donors can buy your camp swag any time of year. You can also promote the store around specific seasons and events like Alumni dinners, Holidays season, reunions and more. 

What do I need to do to get started? 

Not much. To create a store, you simply choose the items you want from our catalog, send us the logos and tell us where to place them on the items. We create the store and once you are happy with the way it looks, you send the link out to campers and let the magic happen. 

Set up your store today

To set up your store today, contact us and we will take you through the steps to get up and running in no time.

About the Author

Gaby Fachler spent 10 summers in his youth as a camper and staff. He is the founder and general manager of Pack for Camp, an online store that offers everything you expect to find on a camp packing list: soft trunks, bedding, laundry accessories, toiletries, storage solutions, clothing and more. Pack for Camp partners with summer camps to create customized smart packing lists and logowear stores for campers and staff.

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