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Working as a staff member at Winnebagoe is a fulfilling, fun-filled experience. Here, you have the opportunity to affect the lives of young people in the most positive and profound ways

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Our staff is divided into three general groups:

staff-1Cabin Counsellors

Cabin Counsellors supervise and mentor groups of children ages 7-16. As role models, their main task is to nurture and maintain the safety and well-being of their campers. And finally, through creativity and enthusiasm, counsellors provide a fun and memorable summer experience for the children in their care.

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Our activities are integral to the development of our campers.  Members of the Activity Staff should be a skilled, proficient instructor in one of the fields which we offer at Camp Winnebagoe.  On both the land and on the water, Activity Staff spend their days teaching campers of all ages from the basics to the more advanced aspects of their program.

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Camp Winnebagoe relies heavily on this team of people.  The kitchen, head office, and campground maintenance staff keep the summer operating in a smooth and successful manner.  They are the backbone of our facility, and a most valuable component to our staff group.


Being part of the Winnebagoe staff also helps foster cooperative behaviour, a form for leadership, and a venue for creative input.  Surrounded within the beautiful lakelands of Muskoka, the staff can work together and with children to maximize their potential.

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Staff Testimonials

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


I joined Camp Winnebagoe as an international staff member new to camp life, however, from the moment I arrived for my first summer, I was immediately made to feel like part of the Winnebagoe team. The warm and welcoming atmosphere at Winnebagoe encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone to spend my summers constantly having fun and laughing. I have loved spending my summers meeting amazing people and making life-long friendships with people from all over the world. I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store at Winnebagoe.

- Millie Chesson


For me, the two hour bus ride between the city to camp seems like it should be longer, because, while at Winnebagoe, you feel like you are in another world. 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. But most of all, it is the atmosphere around all of us and the feelings that we all experience that make Winnebagoe the wonderful, exciting and memorable adventure that it is.

Ryan Kichler (1996 – and still ticking)


"Winnebagoe is consistent in the excellent care and energy which is established by the Lustigs, instilled by the staff and embodied in the camp's heart - its campers. But what makes Winnebagoe special is how - alongside this consistency - each summer has its own unique identity and feel. It is this unique feel - this magical unpredictability - which makes a 1st summer just as special as a 20th"

- Alex Bogach

 


"The feeling of being part of an infinitely growing legacy has had a lasting impact on me. My years at Winnebagoe fostered friendships that gave me a strong and invaluable sense of belonging. I am privileged to be part of the generations of campers and staff which embodies the importance of friendship, community and family. Generations  after generations of legacy and tradition - from both my parents to my siblings and I, to future generations of Winnebagoe campers. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Camp Winnebagoe, for my summers spent there, which fostered life skills, and created bonds of friendship and memories that will last a lifetime".

- Zac Cooper


When I got home from my first two weeks at Winnebagoe in 2005, I refused to get out of the car for several hours, insisting my parents take me back to camp. Ever since, I have spent two months per year in the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

It’s difficult to describe Winnebagoe because a large part of the experience it offers is created by its feel and atmosphere. At camp, there is never an empty moment. Crazy programs and costumes fill each day; dance parties complete each meal and inside jokes and stories make each night in the cabin something to look forward to. It’s a place where campers can try new activities and always feel comfortable being themselves. Winnebagoe is where you can walk around singing as loud as you can, no matter how terrible your voice is.

Camp has pushed me to do many things that are outside my comfort zone; it is where I learned to sail a boat, pitch a tent, make up a cheer and even make a bed. The skills and creativity I’ve learned at camp have helped me all year-round, whether planning an activity at school, playing on a sports team or even writing my university essay.

But most importantly, camp friendships are unlike any others. A unique part of Winnebagoe is that the cabin-groups remain relatively unchanged from the Inter to CIT stage; this allowed me to make friends who know me better than any others. My camp friends can always predict when I’m about to laugh at something, list the brands of all my cosmetics and tell exactly the moment something is wrong.

My camper summers at Winnebagoe kept me coming back each year, and I am now so thankful to be an inter counsellor and to get to watch campers experience Winnebagoe for the first time.

- Jordyn Smith

 

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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