Answer: For over 90 years, Winnebago has been a place where campers arise in the morning excited for the day. Engaged and happy, campers feel good about themselves while learning valuable skills in a myriad of activities. We have left Winnebago small enough so everyone knows each other, but large enough so we have the broadest possible range of activities and facilities. Because counselors know all the campers, they teach to each individual camper knowing each boy and how they best learn. We are dedicated to fun and living in and amongst a safe, supportive and dynamic community.
Who is the staff?
Answer: The counselors come from all over the world with a diverse amount of experience and range in age from 19-70. Their common thread is that they are great role models for boys and enjoy working with children. In turn, the campers leave Winnebago being profoundly and positively influenced by the great role modeling of the staff.
What is your program like?
Answer: Our program is diverse. Athletically, campers enjoy instruction, competition amongst each other and against other camps in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis. Campers swim daily, build skills in other activities ranging from Archery to Sailing to Drama and explore the beauty of Maine on both day and overnight camping trips.
Question: What makes Winnebago unique?
Answer: Philosophically, we walk a fine line between creating a competitive atmosphere and understanding that success lays in the effort a camper gives and not necessarily the result. As society becomes more results focused, we continue to insist on the process as being of the utmost importance. Yes, Winnebagans achieve extremely high results. They also understand that being supportive to each other more important and is in large part why so many campers feel so emotionally and physically safe at camp.
Our trip program is outstanding. Each age group embarks on two overnight camping trips each summer; usually one canoeing and one hiking trip. The trips are thoughtfully planned out to appropriately challenge the boys in a safe yet meaningful way. Most campers return from their trips emboldened by their efforts and report that their lives have changed because of their trip experiences.
Winnebago campers are smart, talented, like to compete in sports and excel in many other activities as well. Wherever Winnebagans go people remark how nice, thoughtful, interested and interesting they are. This is in part a product of the culture we create at camp where boys understand that being nice to one another is relatively easy and that it is OK to strive to exploit and build on one’s own individual talents and interests.