Parents, Campers and Staff … Please Read Carefully!

In recent years, food brought into camp by campers and staff has led to a number of problems which have escalated to a point of great concern. There are several issues surrounding food brought into camp.

Perhaps our greatest problem is the negative impact food can have on a cabin group. Our children are faced with all sorts of peer pressures as it is; personal food items promote jealousies, arguments, competition and group division. Ironically, these behaviours are absolutely contrary to the ideals we strive for at camp.

As well, it is no secret that the bear population in cottage country has exploded in recent years. This has been directly linked to the large amounts of food and garbage easily available to them. We all must do our best to minimize the temptation for all animals with whom we share our environment.

Our menu is nutritious and well-balanced, and our food is plentiful. In addition, a snack mid-afternoon and before bed is provided daily as well as candy treats at tuck three times a week. Extra "junk" food is simply unnecessary!

We have given this matter great consideration. As a result, we have established the following policy:

food-delivery_x-outCouriered packages containing food will not be given to campers. Only one package of magazines, books, comic books, games, etc., will be allowed per camper per summer.  (Please inform family & friends – theirs count too!)

food-soda_iconCases of pop, canned goods and chewing gum are not allowed . One shopping bag of snack food is permitted for the bus ride up to camp. After the first night’s welcome parties, we will confiscate all leftover food! Please do not put your child in this potentially difficult position.

food-peanut_iconAny products containing nuts and peanuts are not permitted.

After Visitors' Day, campers will be asked to share all food and candy with their cabinmates that evening. We do not want any extra treats left in cabins for the reasons indicated above. Those requiring special dietary/medical considerations will, of course, be accommodated. Our intention is not to implement severe measures without good reason – the well-being of our campers is, as always, our prime concern. Our attempt is to ensure a positive, healthy atmosphere at Winnebagoe. We ask for your support and help in carrying out this policy.


  • 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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