Important Information Regarding Restricted Items


Because our cabins and all of our buildings are wood-frame structures, and since our camp is situated in a heavily treed area, we are extremely concerned about the use of electrical items in cabins. Fire is a constant concern!

As in past years, we are adopting a very strict policy with both our campers’ and our staff’s safety in mind.



iPods are strongly discouraged and camp will not assume any responsibility should these be lost or damaged. If however, you still plan on bringing an iPod to camp, it CANNOT be a Touch Screen Device. Removing the SIM card or deleting games and movies will still result in confiscation.


Non Touch Screen iPods will be restricted for listening to music in the cabins only. They are not to be carried out and around the camp grounds.


Lockboxes and Toolboxes will be permitted only without locks. Since we have a safe to house valuables and money, there is no need to lock anything up in the cabin.


Only battery-operated appliances (radios, alarm-clocks, fans, etc.) will be allowed in cabin.


Due to lack of space, cardboard or plastic shelving cannot be put on buses or baggage trucks.


Each cabin may have one electrically-operated sound system which will be provided by one of the cabin’s counselors.


Hair Blowers are perhaps the single most hazardous electrical item of all. While we would prefer that no hair-blowers were brought to camp, we will strictly limit their use.


It is our belief that the following items have no place at summer camp. If brought to camp, they will be confiscated and not returned.


  • Hair Straighteners
  • Knives
  • Curling Irons
  • iPads / Tablets
  • Lighters
  • Heating Pads
  • Candles
  • Heaters
  • Cell Phones
  • Folding Chairs
  • Laptops
  • DVD Players
  • Hot Pots
  • Touch Screen Devices
  • Fridges
  • Walkie Talkies
  • PSP’s and Electronic Games
  • Electric Fans
  • TVs
  • Power Bars
  • Extension Cords

Please remember that Winnebagoe is, after all, a summer camp and not a resort. We ask that for a very few weeks, your child abandons some of the luxuries of home in favour of a more simple lifestyle, one in keeping with our natural environment, where safety is our prime concern.

Your co-operation in this very crucial matter is particularly appreciated.


  • 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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