A typical day at Camp Winnebagoe is filled with sun, fun, friends, and fresh air. The Winnebagoe site is both lovely, yet practical, with excellent facilities available for our campers’ enjoyment. Our schedule is designed so that each child is exposed to every activity at camp and encouraged to participate fully in the program in order to enjoy a productive, happy time away from home.

Camp Meals

There will be no letters home complaining about the camp food! At Winnebagoe, we provide balanced, nutritious (and delicious!) meals. A variety of choices at breakfast, lunch, and dinner ensure that even our most discerning camper leaves the Dining Hall with a full stomach. Our Salad Bar which appears every lunch and dinner offers a variety of choice and our All Day Fruit Bowl encourages children to select a healthy snack throughout the day.  There are also additional vegetarian options and hot soups available at our meals.

Our on-site chef and baker allow for fresh and child-friendly meals and desserts.  Every afternoon and evening, snacks are provided for our active campers and staff. Because we personally plan our own menus, days are never repeated and we are able to adapt our meals to our program needs. From Friday night Shabbat dinner to Saturday evening BBQs to Sunday brunches – with many special meals and events planned throughout the week – our food is always something yummy to write home about! Winnebagoe is a nut and peanut-free environment.

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Accommodation

Amidst white birches and towering pines, spacious, functional cabins ensure the comfort of our campers. Each cabin is well-lit with the convenience of two sinks, two washrooms, and a large cubby area for ample clothing storage.

In each cabin there is a combination of bunk beds and single cots. Counsellors sleep at the front of the cabin in the same room as their campers which ensures both increased supervision and camaraderie.

A “W” a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

At Winnebagoe the health and safety of our campers is our prime concern. We are ever conscious of the trust parents have placed upon us and are deeply aware of our commitment to being responsible and sensitive “parents away from home.”

The medical needs of our campers and staff are well-looked after by trained health care personnel. A doctor and three nurses are on site at all times and in case of emergency, the Huntsville Hospital is only a ten-minute drive away. The Center itself is well-equipped with private in-patient rooms and medications for both routine and emergency usage. We have a defibrillator on site and all of our trippers, water front staff, and of course medical staff are trained in its use. Located right in the center of main camp, the health center is readily accessible for those requiring its service.

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Dr. Suzanne Strasberg

Schedule

clipboard_iconONE period per day is devoted to Swim Instruction for all age groups. TWO periods per day are cabin scheduled activity periods. TWO periods per day (for campers in Grade 5 and over) are “Open Periods” where campers have the opportunity to individually choose two specific activities they wish to attend that day.

8:30am  Breakfast
8:45am Clean-Up
10:00am First Activity Period / Trit Swim
11:00am Open Period / Inter Swim
12:00pm Free Time
12:30pm  Lunch
1:15pm Rest Hour
2:15pm Third Activity Period / Teen Swim
3:10pm  Munch
3:15pm Fourth Activity Period / Senior Swim
4:15pm Open Period / Inter Shower Hour
5:15pm General Swim
5:15pm Free Time
6:00pm  Dinner
6:45pm Free Play

Sundays

Designated as a break from the regular schedule, Sundays are somewhat less structured than the other days of the week. Sundays begin with a sleep-in followed by a large and varied Sunday brunch. From 11:30 am until 2:00 pm, the first activity period of the day takes place. During this time, campers are able to select any activity they wish to attend. At 2:00 pm, the entire camp gathers for a substantial snack. This is a less formal meal and usually ends in cheering, singing, and a full display of Winnebagoe spirit. From 3:00 – 5:00pm, the second period once again allows children their choice of activities. There’s no Swim Instruction on Sundays.

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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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