Lantern Review of Camp Winnebago

There’s something wonderful about multi-generational family-owned camps. Their culture seems to exude tradition and expertise, born from long-term family values, not a contrived delivery from the latest camping conference. Camp Winnebago is one of these camps.

The traditions of Winnebago form the foundation. A steadfast adherence to shared values permeates the program. Chief among these is sportsmanship. With a wide-range of sports available at Winnebago, as evidenced by their multiple courts, fields and new 12,000 square foot athletic building, it’s no wonder that, as camp director Andy Lilienthal puts it, “the playing field is the laboratory” for a camper’s development. To reach each camper, participation is key. Thus, participation in every sport at Winnebago is fundamental to the program. Regardless of skill level, each camper will discover this “field laboratory”, taught to his skill level in hopes of building competence. In turn, competence develops confidence. Throughout the other activities found ‘off the field’ at Winnebago, you’ll find the same dedication to skill development.

The three other key program components are swimming, selected individual activities and overnight trips. A diverse set of choices for the selected activities, from archery to video production, balance the Winnebago program, while the swim program takes full advantage of the 2-mile long waterfront on a clear, blue lake. A well-developed tripping program follows a deliberate progression to provide both a physical and emotional challenge as boys age and return to Winnebago. And make no mistake, boys do return to Winnebago at an outstanding return rate touching 90%.

Beyond the beauty of the ancient pine forest, the tranquil lake and the facilities that seem to have been designed to be a part of the landscape, it is the continuity of tradition, program and values that keep Winnebago vital. Boys grow in confidence, built from competence that was developed by continuity. Each evening ends with camp singing “Goodnight Winnebago”, a fitting testimony to the traditions that endure here.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 160 Campers per Session
  • 4-week, 8-week
  • Founded in 1919
  • $$$$

Director's Message

Winnebago is not for the boy who 'can,' but for the boy who 'will.' We have a renaissance-type program where values are stressed, role-modeling is paramount, and where boys can be competitive and completely safe at the same time.

Program Highlights

  • 30 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Overnight Camping Trips
  • Summer Long Color War
  • Archery
  • Video
  • Swimming

Travel Information

Bus, Plane, Car The nearest airports are Portland International Jet Port and Boston Logan.


Camp Winnebago

(207) 767-1019

Andy Lilienthal