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