What to Bring

5-Week Summer Ballet Program Student Packing and Planning List

Don't miss these important links at the bottom of the page:
Mailing Address | Wifi and Computers | Microfridges | Spending Money | Declining Balance Accounts


  • 2 sets of sheets (size extra-long, twin)
  • Mattress topper/pad
  • Comforter/blanket
  • Pillow(s)


  • Bath and hand towels
  • Washcloths
  • Shower caddy
  • Personal toiletries
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap/body wash
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion, sunscreen


Room Essentials

  • Trash can
  • Desk fan and desk lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Closet hangers
  • Shoe organizer
  • First aid kit
  • Chargers for cell phones and other electronics
  • Umbrella

Cleaning Supplies

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Old rags/paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Dance Essentials

  • Dance bag
  • Ballet shoes
  • Character shoes and knee-length skirt
  • Warm-ups
  • Leotards (see dress code)
  • Tights
  • Sewing kit
  • Toe tape, Toe pads
  • Dance belts
  • Hair supplies
  • Theraband, rollers, etc.
  • Cold packs and hot packs
  • Yoga mat

Clothing Essentials

  • Tops and bottoms
  • Shoes (supportive closed-toe shoes are a necessity for walking to/from classes!)
  • Undergarments
  • Jacket/raincoat
  • Swimsuit

Snacking Essentials

  • See Microfridge info below
  • Plate and bowl
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Utensils
  • Water bottle
  • Zip lock bags
  • Chip clips


  • Collapsible scooters are permitted on-campus


Room decorating:

  • The residence halls at Dickinson are typical of most college dormitories and have bare walls and tile flooring. Students might want to bring some favorite posters and other decorations to make the room feel more comfortable.
  • No holiday lights or decoration from the ceiling.
  • When hanging anything on the walls, only items such as painter’s tape or brands that have “clean removal” adhesive (such as 3M Command Strips) should be used.

Sending supplies/packages/mail to your child at the residence halls:

Beginning Monday, June 25, packages and mail can be sent to your child at the following address:

(Student Name): CPYB
Dickinson College
(Hall Name) & (Room Number)  NOTE: this information is provided on Arrival Day, Saturday, June 23
28 North College Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

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Wifi and Computers

All CPYB summer students can access Dickinson’s guest wifi while on-campus. Instructions will be provided on Arrival Day. Dickinson College also provides computers with internet access for 5-Week Summer Ballet Program students in the Holland Union Building (HUB). Students are discouraged from bringing personal computers with them to the Program. Dickinson College and CPYB are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged computers.


Dorm students are not permitted to bring their own refrigerators or microwaves, but have the option to rent a cube refrigerator or a combination Microfridge directly from Dickinson College. Dickinson staff will set up and remove at the end of the Program. Hours for rental on Arrival Day are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested dorm students can make arrangements directly with the College Bookstore in person on Arrival Day or in advance by contacting the store directly. Make sure to tell them that you are with the 5-Week Summer Ballet Program. For information on ordering a microfridge online, please visit www.dickinson.edu/store and click on the “Back to School” tab.

Bookstore Contact Information

Phone: 717.245.1330
Fax: 717.245.1584
Toll-Free: 800.582.5436
E-mail: bookstor@dickinson.edu

Spending Money

Dickinson College Dining Services offers dorm and non-dorm students a Declining Balance Account similar to a bank debit card (see info below). Other activities that would require funds might include movie tickets, restaurants or shopping. It is recommended that students refrain from bringing cash with them and consider other options, such as the use of prepaid debit cards. The cashier’s office in the Holland Union Building will cash personal checks of $25 or less. Access to an ATM machine is available in the Holland Union Building. Please note that CPYB does not handle cash transactions of any kind.

Students who are participating in the Activities Package field trips:

Students should plan to bring additional money on trip days for food, souvenirs, etc. We recommend $30-50 for Hersheypark. NOTE: Residential students are provided with bagged lunches for the Hersheypark trip. 

Declining Balance Account

Dickinson College Dining Services offers students a Declining Balance Account similar to a bank debit card. Money is placed in the account in advance, and a plastic card with a magnetic strip is issued to the student. Funds can be added to the account in $50 increments throughout the five weeks. These cards are very convenient on campus, since they can be used to purchase items in the College Bookstore, Devil’s Den snack bar, the Mail Center and the campus soda and snack machines. Students can sign up for this account in advance through Dickinson College Dining Services.

NOTE: Declining Balance Accounts are recommended for both dorm and non-dorm students, and can be set up in person on Arrival Day at registration.

All balances remaining on Declining Balance Accounts must be used by 4 p.m. on July 27. Refund requests also must be made before 4 p.m. on July 27. Any funds under $25 that are not picked up will be forfeited. For further information or to add funds please contact Dickinson College ID Services at 717.245.1704.