Camp Winnebagoe is rich in both its history and tradition. The first co-educational camp in Canada, it was founded by the Danson family in 1933. The camp was initially located on Skeleton Lake in Utterson, Ontario and in 1960 the site moved to Maple Lake just South of Perry Sound.

History

In 1972, Camp Winnebagoe was purchased by Ben and Jill Lustig and is presently situated on Fox Lake, a few miles west of Huntsville, Ontario. And still the legacy continues. Ilyse Lustig is currently the Director under the guidance of Ben and Jill, who are actively involved as Senior Directors.

Who We Are

Camp Winnebagoe is a private, co-educational camp for children. The camp population consists of 300 boys and girls between the ages of 7-16. We have purposely kept the number of campers small so that we ourselves may know individual children well, so that our staff are familiar with all of the campers – big and small, old and new – and finally, so that children of all age groups come to know one another.

Through a unique system of daily communication from counsellor to Unit Head, Unit Head to Director, we are aware of each camper’s progress and participation.

We are constantly on the alert to see that each cabin group is functioning well and that each camper is adjusting to camp life. This helps to ensure that every child among us is enjoying a productive, happy time away from home.

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Every cabin group has 2 counsellors in charge with the exception of our younger campers who are mentored by 3 or 4 counsellors. Our counsellors do not double up as activity staff during the day, but rather participate with the campers throughout the daily schedule. Senior counsellors and heads of activity areas must be at least 19 years of age and are university students. Junior and Assistant counsellors are 17 and 18 and are typically selected from our CIT program.

With a nurturing group of staff that understand through their own experiences the joys of camping, your children are in the care of positive, caring, and capable leaders.

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Testimonials

  • Before Winnebagoe I couldn’t even last a night away from home. Little did I know I could be away for a full two months with a smile on my face the whole time. Not only is camp my home away from home, the people at camp are my extended family.

    - Madison Bongard

  • Winnebagoe has given my eldest a summer home. It has helped boost her self-confidence and helped her mature and grow. She has tried things she never thought she would try and loved every single thing!

    - Penny Sherman

  • Winnebagoe has had an impact on me that will last a lifetime. I met the love of my life there and three of my closest friends that still remain. To me, there is nothing more important in life than friends, and family. Winnebagoe gave me the opportunity to surround me with both of those things. I miss camp every time June rolls around and it will be that way forever. Thank you Winny!

    - Jon Geller, Camper- 1997-2003; Counsellor- 2004; Tripping- 2005-2010

  • After being at Camp Winnebagoe for 14 summers, I can truly say that it has changed my life. The lasting bonds that are created not only within cabin mates, but between an Inter and a CIT, camper and their counsellor, a camper and their unit head, counsellors and the head staff, is a quality of Winnebagoe that cannot be replicated. Thank you Winnebagoe!

    - Emma Fogel

  • I love that at Winnebagoe you can meet people who are completely different ages than you. You can make friends with whoever you want. Everyone knows everyone and it feels so nice to have so many good people around your day-to-day schedule.

    - Emmy Gnat (2007 to present)

  • Camp Winnebgaoe is my life. I have the greatest time and am unbelievably sad when the summer ends.

    - Jamie Albert (2007 to present)

  • I can’t even begin to imagine how different I would be had I not spent the past four summers at Winnebagoe. There is no place that I would rather spend my summer vacation.

    - Jen Kestenberg (2006 to present)

  • My two years and counting as a unit head were the highlight of my years at Winnebagoe, because I can now pass on to the new campers how special camp is, and make them feel just as comfortable as I did when I was 8.

    - Elyssa Pivnick (1996 – and still counting)

  • I’ve been going to Camp Winnebagoe since I was 9 and I love it there. Whether I’m at swimming, canoeing or playing basketball I’m always busy and having the time of my life.

    - Lucas Gold (2006 to present)

  • I always go back because every year it’s a new year and you never know what fun things will happen. Overall, Camp Winnebagoe is my first choice in all camps.

    - Jack Wunder (2007 to present)

  • Camp Winnebagoe to me is my second home. I know that all my camp memories will last a lifetime and my friends and I will cherish these memories for a long time. This is why Camp Winnebagoe is so important to me!

    - Taylor Milne (2007 to present)

  • From the great activities and programs, to the amazing staff, the lasting memories created, and the life-long friendships that I have created, I cannot begin to count the number of reasons that I continue to come back each year.

    - Ryan Kichler (1996 – and still ticking)

  • Camp Winnebagoe continues to be an escape from reality, an opportunity for fun and great experiences, a chance to grow up and mature with others. It’s a home away from home – and it doesn’t get any better than this!

    - Ari, Marissa and Yonit Grossman (Campers and staff since 1988)

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