What to Bring to Camp Cullen

Pack Your Bags, It’s Camp Time!

Below is a recommended packing list. It is a good idea to label everything that your camper brings – and we mean everything! It is also important for your camper to know what is theirs and what they have brought to camp, so packing old clothing and items that they are familiar with, instead of new items they may not recognize is recommended. We know first timers may want to bring a lot, but try to pack as light as possible.


  • 2 pairs of closed toe shoes such as sneakers or athletic shoes
  • 1 pair of closed toe shoes with a smooth sole (required for horseback riding)
  • 1 pair water shoes for the showers and the waterfront activities
  • 1 pair of jeans or long pants (required for horseback riding)
  • 2 swimsuits (Girls – one piece or tankini only. No bikinis allowed.)
  • 7-8 pairs of underwear
  • 7-8 T-shirts or blouses
  • 7-8 pairs of shorts
  • 7-8 pairs of socks
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Sun hat or cap (protection from the sun)
  • 1 heavy duty water bottle or canteen
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  • 1 sleeping bag or 2 single sheets and 1 light blanket
  • 1 pillow
  • Laundry bag (old pillow case will work)


  • Soap and soap dish
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush or comb
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • 4-5 washcloths
  • 1-2 bath towels
  • 1-2 beach towels
  • 1 flashlight with extra batteries


  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol)
  • Paper, pen, envelope, and stamps
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen or sunblock
  • 1 vinyl mattress cover for twin bed
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What to Leave at Home

Remember that camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items, so anything with meaning including valuable items or family heirlooms that you do not feel your camper can keep track of should be left at home. We’re also a technology free camp, so feel free to leave the phones and other electronics at home!

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All parents/guardians will receive multiple communications with complete details, including specifics for multi-camper families.

CHECK-IN: Sundays 1-3 pm

CHECK-OUT: Friday – Gates open at 4:30 pm. Horse Show at 4 pm. Dinner available at 5 pm. Closing Ceremonies at 6:30 pm.

All parents must check out with camp staff and show proper identification before their campers will be released. If someone other than the parent is picking up the camper, please note in CAMPDOC under AUTHORIZED Pickups or notify the camp office in writing via email.

Please make sure you pick up your child’s medication from the camp medical staff and get your child’s luggage (including laundry bags that may have not made it back into the suitcase). It is parents’/camper responsibility to ensure all items brought to camp are taken home.

Contact Us
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YMCA Camp Cullen

460 Cullen Loop
Trinity, TX 75862

FROM I-45 Take I-45 north to exit 109 (Park 40). This exit is a detour to reach Hwy 19 north. Don’t miss it! Once you have made the exit, turn right onto Park 40 and follow until T – this is JCT RT 75. Take a left. Follow Rt 75 past prison, straight until you reach the exit for Hwy 19. Turn right onto the Hwy 19 ramp. (You do not have to turn left for the 19 detour just past the prison – keep moving forward – if you go under Hwy 19 you just missed the ramp) Go for approximately 22 miles on Hwy19 to Trinity. Go to the second traffic light and make a right onto Hwy 94 east. Go over the railroad tracks and turn right at the flashing yellow caution light onto FM 356. Camp Cullen is 5 miles on the left. Pass through the main entrance, under the Roy’s Way sign and follow road down the hill to the dining hall. Or if going to the office, take an immediate left upon entering camp and follow signs to the office.

FROM HIGHWAY 59 Take Hwy 59 to Livingston. Exit at Livingston/Huntsville. At the traffic light make a left onto Hwy 190 west. Take 190 west to Onalaska, approximately 13 miles. Go to third traffic light and make a right onto FM 356. Camp Cullen is 15 miles on the right. Pass under the entrance and follow signs to office.

Attending the Horse Show? As you drive along FM 356 towards Camp Cullen, the barn is just before the entrance to camp. You will pass the Trinity Pines Baptist church on your left. Immediately after, you will turn right onto Taylor Cemetery Rd. The “Hamman Ranch” sign will be visible to the left. Go through the gate and you’re there!

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