There are lots of things new camp parents ask about and we want to make sure we address your questions. Finding the camp that is a good fit for your family is an essential part of making your son’s first summer a success!
The best way to get your questions answered is to get in touch with Dan, Brooke or Chandler. Give us your email and we’ll reach out to you personally.
There will be anywhere from six to ten campers per bunk depending on the age of your son. There are at least two counselors per bunk, and often more. Counselors stay with the campers in the bunk overnight to ensure round the clock supervision.
Your son’s counselor might be someone from the United States or perhaps someone from Spain, Australia or Scotland! All of our counselors undergo a rigorous interview process, references are collected and checked, a criminal background check is conducted and we also check every employee against the national sex offender registry. We recruit staff based on a unwavering commitment to youth development, safety and fun!
Camp Winaukee offers buses from the NY/NJ/CT/Boston areas, chaperoned flights from Florida, California, Philadelphia, Baltimore/D.C. area. Our buses and flights are staffed by experienced Winaukee counselors to ensure that the camp experience begins even before your son arrives at camp!
Camp Winaukee is not a uniform camp. We do ask that your son comes to camp with a few required logo’d items for inter-camp competition and trips that can be purchased through our clothier, The Camp Spot.
We encourage letters from you as the best way of communicating with your camper. Positive, supportive letters let your camper hear from you in a constructive way. You may want to send a letter a few days prior to the session to ensure that it is received while your camper is at camp. Additionally, we have partnered with Bunk1 to provide email service for our camp families. There is a small fee for this service, additional information can be found on their website, www.bunk1.com. Your camper can also write back through the bunk reply option on the Bunk1 website.
Each day we take several hundred photos of camp in action, we then upload those photos each night to Bunk1. Families registered for camp will be sent an email to create an account and access photos. You can share this link once your account has been created with family members and friends.
Camp Winaukee is ‘unplugged’ and we take our commitment to this seriously. We strongly believe that time for your son to spend time away from technology and focus on building relationships, having fun and learning about himself is critical to his future success.
If so, how often? Winaukee offers comprehensive swim instruction through the American Red Cross. Swim lessons are offered up to four times per week.
The Winaukee waterfront is spectacular, and we believe it is unrivaled in both beauty and choice for our boys. Campers will be able to choose from waterfront options everyday or just choose to swim/play.
Winaukee offers a well-rounded program including cooking, arts & crafts, theater, woodshop, archery, high ropes, low ropes, golf and ice hockey. All these programs are taught by qualified counselors who bring energy and enthusiasm to each activity!
Winaukee has two sister camps: Camp Wicosuta and Camp Robindel. We have socials with both camps regularly throughout the summer.
Winaukee’s counselors unpack for boys in grades 1-6 on the Mainland. The Island campers (grades 7-9) unpack themselves.
Winaukee offers fresh fruit, yogurt, many different types of cereal, bagels and a hot meal (such as eggs, pancakes, waffles) at breakfast daily. Lunch and dinner always have a fresh salad bar in addition to the main meal. Winaukee provides three snacks per day and unlimited fresh fruit throughout the day. We refrain from serving campers sugary drinks as part of their daily options.
Camp Winaukee is a nut aware facility. There is no food in our kitchens that have come into contact with nuts. Each kitchen has a special diet/allergy chef and they cook in a designated area of the kitchen so there is no cross contamination. This chef will meet with each child to make sure the child has a point of contact in the kitchen and to review their food preferences.
Camp Winaukee offers a plethora of options at each meal to accommodate even the pickiest of camper’s palates! Please reach out to us and we can discuss your son’s favorite foods and how we can integrate them into our menu. Our camp chef, bunk staff and camp mom’s will make sure that your son is eating a healthy balance of food to support his active day.
Winaukee has a team of experienced Registered Nurses who live on campus and are on call 24 hours a day at Winaukee. We also have a team of Doctors (who are all parents of existing campers) who rotate being on-site througout the summer.
Our preferred hospital is Huggins Hosptipal in Wolfeboro. We have a strong and lengthy relationship with Huggins and our experience has been excellent over the years.
Camp Winaukee health care staff consists of Registered Nurses that live on both the Mainland and the Island infirmaries. We have arrangements with local medical specialists, dentists, orthodontists should your son need to be treated during the summer. If your son is in need of outside health care or if he will be kept in the infirmary overnight, you will be contacted by our nursing staff that day. In case of emergency, camp will contact you as possible.
Camp Winaukee contracts a professional lice company to check each camper’s head on arrival day and the last week of camp.
Yes! Visiting day is the 4th Saturday of camp each summer. We invite parents and grandparents to enjoy a special day with their camper. Since our camp community has many dietary restrictions and food allergies, we strongly suggest that no food is brought to camp on visiting day. Camp Winaukee does not permit food in bunks for safety and hygiene reasons.