What to Bring

What to Bring

We dress comfortably and casually.  Be prepared for studio work, outdoor play, and occasional trips to town.  Summer temperatures at Putney run, on average, from a daytime high that can reach, in recent years, the 80’s (Fahrenheit) and 90’s, with nighttime lows in the 40’s and 50’s.  Vermont’s weather is changeable, so be prepared to dress in layers.  Please mark all clothing and other belongings with the student’s name.

Required/ must haves

  • Twin bed sheets and pillowcase (pillow and blanket are provided)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Water bottle
  • Alarm clock
  • Prepaid long distance phone card (to call from dorm phones)
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Running shoes/sneakers to be active in (laced is best)
  • Wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Cap or knit hat for extra warmth
  • Rain jacket or poncho with hood
  • Bathing suit, beach towel and sunscreen
  • Daypack/bookbag (the kind many students use to carry books at school)
  • Photography students must bring a 35mm manually adjustable camera with a new battery. (B&W film is provided to photography students)

Optional/might want with you

  • Electric fan for bedroom
  • Fun clothes for dances
  • Sandals
  • Wristwatch
  • Personal art supplies for free-time
  • Letter writing supplies
  • Musical instrument
  • Camera (not on your cell phone)
  • Insect repellent


Students may not bring the following items to Summer Programs:

  • No cell phones
  • No devices that allow internet access (iPod Touch, e-readers with internet capabilities. etc.)
  • No media players (TVs, DVD players, etc.)
  • No computers/laptops
  • No cars
  • No pets

To fully interact and participate in the programs, we ask students to refrain from using headphones outside of dorms.

Use of iPods (and similar devices) is limited and discouraged, as they tend to isolate students.  iPods are not allowed in public places, such as the dining hall, the assembly hall, or on the common.

Cell phones (including electronic devices like iPhones that contain a phone or internet access) are not allowed and must be deposited, along with other valuables, with the Business Manager.

Audio systems, speakers, stereo docks, etc. are permitted in dorms only when they are played quietly and do not disturb other people.  If any member of the community is disturbed by the noise, the volume must be reduced.  Playing electronic music outside or out of dorm windows is not allowed.  We also encourage students to bring their instruments and to play music with one another.

Contact with family and friends outside the program are encouraged through letter-writing, phone calls from dormitory phones, and the occasional access to communication through the internet.

The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)

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