Amulet Ceremonies

With the help of native Canadian artifacts, and a large traditional bonfire, we tell the stories of Winnebagoe’s history and traditions to the camp at the beginning and end of each summer.

Friday Night Services

Carved on a point overlooking Fox Lake and surrounded by towering pines, the Winnebagoe Chapel is the one place in camp where serenity replaces the fervour of our everyday routine. Here, each Friday night, the camp gathers as a community to reflect on specific humanistic themes that encourage a sense of appreciation, tolerance, good will and integrity. Each unit in camp has an opportunity to lead the service through sayings and song. It is a Winnebagoe tradition that is most treasured to our campers long after their camping days have ended.

 

Theme Days

To vary the daily routine, special  events are programmed throughout the course of the summer. Halloween, August Fools Day, or Sadie Hawkin’s Day are just some of the traditions that both campers and staff look forward to as part of the Winnebagoe experience.

 

Winnebugler

The Winnebugler, our camp newspaper reports all the news that’s fit to print!  Both campers and staff are contributing writers covering all camp events and special programs...and of course we always spill some camp gossip along the way!

 

Big Buddy, Little Buddy Day

All of our youngest campers are assigned a CIT “big buddy” who mentors them for one special day establishing a bond that lasts a lifetime.

 

On-a-Roll

An earned weekly award honouring those campers who make a positive contribution to camp.

 

Inter Lotto

Within the context of a now familiar game, a young camper’s name is randomly picked out of our inter lotto box. The whole camp celebrates the child as he/she receives a special prize.

 

Breakfast in Bed

Once a month our campers are in for a treat. Cozy in their beds, the head staff delivers breakfast to each cabin. Although activities start later than usual, we’ve never yet heard a complaint!

Wake-Ups

Surprise! An unexpected evening where the camp gathers to have a snack and watch a special presentation which leads up to a thematic program the next day.

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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