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First Time Campers

It can be nerve-racking to send your son away, even though you understand the incredible benefits of doing so. Your son may be nervous about being away from home, living in a cabin, not knowing other campers, or even traveling alone for the first time.

We understand your concerns. Our approach to first-time campers helps you and your son have a successful first summer.

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Our 5 Step Approach

1. Tour Winaukee

We encourage every new family to visit us during the summer. When you arrive your son will be paired up with campers his age and a member of our staff. He’ll get to see camp and experience activities for himself while you enjoy a private tour with Poff, Ashleigh & Matt. This gives your son an opportunity to get the lay of the land and experience the fun ahead.

2. Meet Us

Before camp starts Poff, Ashleigh & Matt are available to meet with you in person. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, start building a relationship with us, and an opportunity for your son to get excited about going to camp.

3. Meet Other Campers

We run several local get togethers prior to camp so your son can meet other new campers, chat with existing campers, and learn more about the summer ahead!

4. Opening Day

Once camp begins we are totally focused on the success of your son. Boys are scheduled in activities from the moment they arrive at camp to make sure they start making friends and bonding with their counselors. By the end of the first day your son will have met almost everyone and visited every corner of the property.

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5. Special Attention

The first days of camp are crucial as your son adapts to his bunk, his schedule, and being more independent. Our staff are trained to keep a close eye on new campers, helping them get to know the other boys.

One of our Core Values is Community, and as part of our culture older and returning campers naturally take our new campers under their wing to make sure they feel at home at Winaukee! Older campers are invested in the success of our new campers and make for great Big Brothers!

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48 Hour Check-in

Parents receive a phone call from Poff or Matt within the first 48 hours with an update on how their son is doing. It’s a chance for your to ask any questions about your son’s bunk, counselors, and how he has adjusted to camp life. Directors and Group Leaders are always available to speak with you via phone about your son throughout his stay with us.

Two Unique Experiences

Younger campers, boys ages 7-12, live together on the Mainland. Older boys, 13-15, live on the Island.

Explore the Mainland

Camp Winaukee is proud to be considered one of the best summer camps in America and a top employer for summer jobs and internships.