CAMP WENONAH

Camp, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camp teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp songs and games, nature hikes and challenges on the high and low ropes course. 

Camp Wenonah seeks to provide a safe space for youth and adults to explore and grow a passion for the outdoors through programming that focuses on environmental education, challenge by choice philosophy, and teamwork and collaboration. Through programming and events, Camp Wenonah seeks to be an inclusive and welcoming space for all to learn, grow, and thrive in the outdoors.

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

Camp Wenonah has a rich history in Winona of providing programming that encourages youth to foster strong relationships and grow resilience through activities that challenge individuals to push past their comfort zones. With the ever evolving needs of the Winona community, Camp Wenonah seeks to continue providing opportunities for youth and adults to grow outdoors while also looking for innovative ways to solve pressing community concerns through collaborative, data-driven action.

Core Values

  1. Inclusion: The outdoors are intended for all, and Camp Wenonah seeks to be a welcoming space to encourage individuals of all backgrounds to connect with nature.

  2. Growth: Camp Wenonah encourages participants to explore self-growth and development through programming that challenges individuals to push past their comfort zones. 

  3. Stewardship: Stewardship is an essential element for the success of Camp Wenonah and is emphasized through all programming.

2020 Camp Wenonah Theme

Camper Versus Wild:

Surviving the Great Outdoors!

Camp Wenonah

Week by Week information:

Week         Dates                 Groups   

Week 1                   June 8-12                             Kinder, Mini, Explorers (WEEK ONE CANCELLED)

Week 2                   June 15-19                           Mini, Explorers, Adventure Camp

 

Week 3                   June 22-26                           Pre-K, Mini, Explorers

 

Week 4                   June 29 - July 3                    Kinder, Mini, Explorers             

 

Week 5                   July 6-10                              Mini, Explorers, Adventure Camp

Week 6                   July 13-17                            Pre-K, Mini, Explorers

Week 7                   July 20-24                            Kinder, Mini, Explorers

 

Week 8                   July 27-31                            Mini, Explorers, Adventure Camp

 

Week 9                   Aug 3-7                               Pre-K, Mini, Explorers       

 

Week 10                 Aug 10-14                            Kinder, Mini, Explorers

Camper Groups: *go by grade entering into in 2020-2021 school year

Pre-K: 3-5 years old (3 by Jan. 1 and out of diapers)    Mini: 1 - 2 grade                                     Adventure: 5 - 6 grade

Kinder: Kindergarten                                                 Explorers: 3 - 4 grade                                  

                                                               

Traditional

Camp Wenonah

At Traditional Camp, campers will explore all that Camp Wenonah has to offer with structured activities led by trained YMCA Camp Counselors. Camp will provide youth participants the opportunity to gain confidence in the outdoors and learn life skills that will help them grow as individuals and build strong friendships. Each Thursday, families will have the opportunity to join campers for a Family Night filled with camp activities and a group dinner. Campers departing third grade and older are invited to stay for overnight camping on Thursdays. Camp activities will be centered around themes relating to outdoor exploration, team building, crafts and games, and personal challenges. Campers should bring lunch with them, an afternoon snack is provided. Camp offerings include archery, hiking, shelter building, outdoor group games, arts and humanities, gardening, ropes course, field trips, and so much more!

Ages: Kinder, Mini, Explorers

Times: Drop off from 7:30 - 9:00 am at the YMCA

Pick up from 4:00-5:00 pm at the YMCA

Location: Camp Wenonah

Price: Member $155 & Non-Member $185

Pre-K children will participate in a preview to Camp Wenonah and explore all that it has to offer through structured activities led by trained YMCA Camp Counselors.  Camp activities will be centered around themes relating to outdoor exploration, team building, crafts and games, and personal challenges. Camp offerings will include hiking, shelter building, outdoor group games, arts and humanities, gardening, family night, and so much more! Campers will not have lunch at Camp Wenonah, but will be provided a mid-morning snack.

Ages: 3-5 years old (3 years old by January 1 and out of diapers)

Times: Drop off from 7:30 - 9:00 am at the YMCA

Pick up from 12:00-12:30 at the YMCA

Location: Camp Wenonah

Price: Member $65 & Non-Member $90

Pre-K Traditional Camp Wenonah

Adventure

Camp

There’s so much to do in the great outdoors, why not experience it all through Camp Wenonah’s Adventure Camps! During a week at Adventure Camp, campers will explore a variety of forms of outdoor recreation including rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, camping, and so much more. Camp activities will follow the theme of Campers Versus Wild: Surviving the Great Outdoors! Through this theme, campers will experience a deeper dive into basic survival skills in nature including foraging, fishing, building and maintaining a fire, and more. A healthy afternoon snack is provided each day and on Thursdays, Adventure Camp participants and families are invited to join Camp Wenonah for their weekly Family Night. The week of camp will end with an overnight camping experience Thursday evening, with early pick up Friday morning.

Date: Week Two: June 15-19

          Week Five: July 6-10

          Week Eight: July 27-31

Ages: 5-6 grade (Exceptions may apply for 7-8 grade, reach out to Alexa to request a grade exception: ashapiro@winonaymca.org). 

Times: Drop off from 7:30 - 9:00 am at the YMCA

Pick up from 4:00-5:00 pm at the YMCA

Location: Camp Wenonah and various field trip locations

Price: Member $155 & Non-Member $185

*New* Contracted Option

Interested in sending your Mini or Explorer camper to each week of camp? Enjoy a special, discounted rate if you sign up for all ten weeks! Adjustments will be made in the event that Covid-19 delays the start of the camp season. 

Price: Member $140/week & Non-Member $165/week

Contracted rates are only available for Mini and Explorer campers. For alternative payment plans, contact Alexa Shapiro. 

If you would like to register with the assistance of a Member Engagement Staff Member, please contact Kelsey Scott at kocello@winonaymca.org. 

Location

YMCA Camp Wenonah is located on 140 acres just outside of the city of Winona.

Camp address: 31903 Camp Dr., Winona, MN 55987

For more information:

Contact Alexa Shapiro at ashapiro@winonaymca.org

Winona Family YMCA  |  207 Winona Street  |  Winona, MN  55987  | 507-454-1520

 

YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Everyone is welcome at the YMCA.