Wyonegonic, located on Moose Pond in Denmark, Maine is the oldest girls’ camp in the nation. Wyonegonic is a traditional residential camp offering three and half and seven week programs in the summer for approximately 200 age eight through eighteen year old campers. Campers challenge themselves with new activities in a non-competitive and safe atmosphere. Wyonegonic is a place to learn values and life skills that will help a camper thrive in today’s world. Wyonegonic is not designed to give answers but to offer opportunities. A child has the freedom to be herself while developing friendships in the simplicity of the outdoors. Wyonegonic owns 750 acres of pine forest and thousands of feet of waterfront, ensuring privacy and program space
The ratio of counselors to campers is 1:3. Wyonegonic is fortunate to have many of our counselors and supervisory staff return each year. Counselors are positive mentors and have a minimum of one year of college. Counselors are encouraged to help the girls develop their positive qualities and assist them as they gain confidence. The most important responsibility for a cabin counselor is the awareness of each camper’s needs and to help them feel physically and emotionally safe away from home.
“Flexibility within a general structure” is part of Wyonegonic’s program philosophy. Each camper designs her own program weekly after setting goals with her counselor. She chooses her schedule based on five instructional periods a day.
For eight to twelve year old campers, their structure includes a required swim lesson and outdoor living skills program for new campers: camp craft; ecology; and canoe. This component establishes the criteria for wilderness trip eligibility. Creative and dramatic arts, pottery, music, dance, tennis, archery, low ropes course, climbing wall, horseback riding, sailing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaks round out the options available to choose from.
Senior Camp runs a separate program for teenagers with increased daily choice as well as additional activities such as windsurfing, SUPs, waterskiing, riflery and a high ropes challenge course.
Wyonegonic places an emphasis on waterfront activities and wilderness trips. All ages are able to participate in trips. Focus is on campers using obtained outdoor living skills and respecting the Leave No Trace principles. Most campers experience an initial trial at one of five wilderness sites on our lake or a day hike before expressing interest in extended trips. Campers may choose to participate in wilderness backpacking or canoeing trips in Maine and New Hampshire up to six days in length.
Family Camp sessions in late August provide families the opportunity to experience Wyonegonic. Family Camp is often attended by prospective families who are considering Wyonegonic for their children, family reunions of all generations, alumnae family and friends.
Wyonegonic is associated with Winona Camps for Boys. We are the oldest brother/sister camps in the nation.