Getting Ready


The best thing to do is start preparing now. There's no such thing as too early!

Read through the information in this "Getting Ready" section, and start to talk about the weekend as a group. Reading through the theme information and starting to talk about it before you arrive is the best way to hit the ground running once you get to Hammonasset. If this is your first time attending the Hammo event, talking to groups who have attended in the past can also be a great source of advice. If you need helping finding someone, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll connect you with a group near you.

The event program fills the entire weekend, however, there are several opportunities for free time where you might want to bring specific things. Check below under "free-time activities" to see what items you might want to include in your planning.

Start thinking now about the number of adult advisors you will need to support your youth group for the weekend. Based on past experience, the planning team recommends at least one adult for every five youth but no more than one adult for every three youth. Be sure to line up enough drivers and vehicles to carry people, supplies, and equipment. Registration opens at 4:00pm, and the Friday evening program begins at 8pm. Be sure to allow time to eat, set up camp, and get organized for the weekend.

Below you'll find some resources we've put together for preparing as a group, etc. Here is a link for ideas on what to pack. If you have any further questions or needs, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Important Downloads

None of the forms below are required at the event EXCEPT for the Safe Church Certification Letter, however some of these forms have helpful information that advisors may want to bring with them to the event for reference.


  Participant Permission Form

  Adult Youth Leader Agreement

  Hammo Rules

  Expectations of Advisors

  Safe Church Guidelines

  Sample Safe Church Certification letter

Safe Church

The New England Synod and Hammo Leadership Team is dedicated to providing a safe environment for all people, especially youth. In order to attend Hammo, every Congregation and it's adult youth advisors must abide by the Safe Church Guidelines. Each church must have one person who has completed the Safe Church training. Click on Safe Church under the About tab for more information

Saturday Afternoon Activities

Jam Session

Tie Dye




Planning Your Trip

If you’re not an experienced camper, seek advice from someone who is. The Hammonasset campground is generally flat and grassy. There is an adequate number of potable water spigots throughout the camping area, but there are no water or electrical hookups for motor homes or travel trailers. Also note that campers are not permitted to use electricity from shower buildings at their campsites. If you need eletricity for medical reasons, indicate this on your online registration and we will assign you an appropriate site if one is available. Sites with electricity are VERY LIMITED.

Shower buildings and restrooms are located throughout the group camping area and are heavily used throughout the weekend. Ice and other essentials are available at the park store or outside the park at nearby shops. Food and other supplies can be purchased at nearby stores and shops within 2-4 miles of the park.

The park has restrictions on campfires in the campground. Fires are permitted only in designated tubs which are rented from the park store. These tubs are not very suitable for cooking fires. You are also welcome to bring your own firepit from home. If your meal plans include grilling, you will need to bring your own grill.


You will need to provide meals for your group from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Be sure to take this added cost into consideration when planning the trip. You will need to bring all the necessary cooking supplies, utensils, plates, bowls, clean up supplies, etc. Some of the shower buildings have large sinks available for washing dishes.

Important Emergency Information

Medical services are not provided as part of this event. If you have a medical or police emergency while at Hammonasset, call 911 or the state park for assistance. Also inform the event security staff to advise them that police, fire, or medical assistance has been called.

Hammonasset State Park (203) 245-1817

Emergency Medical, Fire, or Police dial 911