Each summer approximately 90% of our campers return to Winnebago – from as far away as Tokyo, Cape Town and Paris, and as close as Portland, Maine. Boys, ages 8-15, are drawn back to camp by an environment that consistently energizes and challenges, to renew friendships from previous summers, and quite simply, because of the fun. We believe that camp is a place where boys should explore their own interests within a sense of structure while taking advantage of our superlative staff; a diverse and talented group who value the profound impact they have as role models.
At Winnebago, boys grow into young men who understand the importance of what it means to live in and among a caring community while taking advantage of the unique leadership and growth opportunities that exist at camp. Whether leading one of our weekly camp fires, participating on an inter-camp athletics team, working on an intricate wood carving, or reaching the summit of one of Maine’s tallest mountains, campers learn vital skills, create memories and build character that lasts throughout their lives.
Athletically, campers learn skills taught with expert instruction in a variety of sports and understand how to compete, win and lose. In every sport, we encourage healthy competition and impress upon the camper the importance of doing his best, not being the best.
Individualized activities such as canoeing, archery, and photography promote independence, creativity, and a sense of personal accomplishment.
Wilderness camping is integral to the Winnebago experience. Our day and overnight adventures match each age group with a commensurate challenge; such as summiting a mountain, hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail, sea kayaking in Acadia National Park, or canoeing for nine days in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Each trip promotes and encourages self-reliance, resourcefulness, cooperation and helps build character. Boys return from their trips more confident, resilient, and imbued with a sense of achievement.