Camp Clothing Guidelines

Click here to download and print a Camper Packing List.

Everyday Attire: Camp colors are forest green and white

  • Shorts may be tan/khaki, forest green or white. No other shades of green are acceptable.
  • Shirts may be forest green or white with or without Wyonegonic logos (no other logos; plain white, plain forest green are permitted).
  • Required Sunday grove attire is white shorts and white shirt.
  • Swimsuits, night clothes and rain gear have no color requirement.
  • Jeans, black tights or other long pants are acceptable as weather dictates.
  • If you are not using Amerasport, make sure clothing is forest green or white and plain (without logos).
  • Tops with spaghetti straps and bare midriffs are not acceptable (tank tops are ok).

Laundry is gone for 24 hours each week; therefore, a ten day supply of clothing is suggested, depending on a child’s habits. A mesh laundry bag is provided by camp.

Requirements for Swimmers: Campers are required to wear a white bathing cap while swimming. White caps are part of our risk management plan for all swimmers in the water. Campers prefer Lycra caps and we request that you send at least two. You may order the white Lycra caps from Amerasport or purchase them in a sporting goods store.

Recommendations for Swimmers: We prefer athletic one-piece, quick-drying, nylon, swimsuits. If your daughter brings a two-piece suit, make sure it is practical for vigorous swim lessons and is of appropriate design. Campers should have at least two suits. UV protection swim shirts are available through Amerasport or grUVy wear. Swim goggles are recommended.

Sport Sandals must have a heel strap. Shoes or sandals that can get wet and be worn in a canoe are recommended. Water shoes, Tevas, Chacos or Keens are good; flip flops are not. Crocs may be worn only if heel strap is in place..

Special Events: Colorful attire is permitted for several special events each session. For first session and full season campers these include the 4th of July, and Wyo Valentines. For second session and full season campers these include Wyo Holiday, Wyoween, and Cinco de Wyo. Campers do not need an outfit for each holiday, but could pack something colorful that work for most. Red is popular.

Senior Campers may wear street clothes of good taste for the co-ed social event held with Winona.

Personal Labels for Clothing and Gear are mandatory and may be ordered through Amerasport or Oliver’s Labels (which are available through your CampInTouch Account). If you order clothing through Amerasport prior to May 1 and you request, their labels can be attached free of charge.

Amerasport – Official uniform and personal equipment outfitter

  • Use the Amerasport form as a guideline for your camper’s clothing supply.
  • Plan ahead and allow time for ordering from Amerasport as items are customized with camp logo.
  • Amerasport services several camps. We recommend you do not order at the last minute.
  • The forest green fleece jacket or the hooded sweatshirt are cozy and popular. Campers enjoy using these items 12 months of the year!
  • Check your daughter’s measurements before you order; if an item does not fit properly, return to Amerasport with specific instructions and allow time for the exchange.
  • International orders will be shipped directly to camp.

Requirements for Horseback Riders:

Helmet: Campers are required to wear a riding helmet. The helmet must meet the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) #F1163-04a standard for safety. The helmet needs to bear the seal of the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI). Wyonegonic owns some helmets which can be shared by campers. A plastic disposable hairnet is provided and required for these community helmets. If your camper owns a helmet she may bring it to camp. If your camper rides frequently, we suggest you consider purchasing her own helmet. Proper fit is essential for personal riding helmets to be used at camp. Please also make sure helmets have not been damaged in any way or involved in a previous impact. We recommend helmets that are adjustable for both proper fit and to accommodate growing children. The best way to purchase a helmet is through a local tack shop so you can try on the helmet to verify a proper fit. Please label your personal helmet before coming to camp. If a personal helmet does not bear the proper safety documentation or is deemed not to be a proper fit, your camper will be provided with a camp helmet and Wyonegonic will hold the personal helmet in storage until your camper’s departure.

Long Pants can jodhpurs, riding pants or jeans.

Riding Footwear must have heels and smooth soles that can easily come out of stirrups. Camp has a limited supply of riding boots at the stables that can be shared by campers. Like helmets, if your camper plans on riding frequently, we suggest you provide her own footwear.

Tack Shops and Mail order Companies:

If you are interested in purchasing a complete camper package of helmet, britches and boots, please contact Emily at Hemphills Horses. Vassalboro, ME 207-872-7964 [email protected]

Preparing and Packing for Camp

Please pack carefully. Less is better than more! Campers clothes will be kept in a footlocker. They will have a shelf that holds personal items like a hair brush, a toothbrush, a flashlight, and writing materials. Laundry will be done once a week and will be returned after 24 hours.

Footlockers are a necessary item to contain clothing and belongings. Our preferred model C&N Footlockers The Happy Camper, is available through EverythingSummerCamps.com. You may borrow a gently used footlocker from Wyonegonic at no fee, supplies may be limited, arrangements should be made in advance. No footlockers are shipped out of the country at the end of the season. Winter storage of footlockers and camp clothes is permissible, there is a $50 storage fee.

Baggage Shipping: Advance planning for shipping baggage is important. Footlockers are not permitted on camp chaperoned buses or vans. We encourage you to use The Mailing Center for shipping to and from camp. The mailing center service uses UPS (United Parcel Service) for delivery. This is the same system used by our brother camp Winona. There is a simple process to create an account and have your parcel picked up at home and delivered to camp. On departure, the mailing center will collect all parcels prearranged for pickup. This service expedites baggage shipping and reduces the cost of shipping compared to items shipped without prearrangement that are billed through the Wyonegonic Camper Account.

We furnish all bedding,this includes, sheets, blankets and pillows. Many campers choose to bring a soft fleece blanket or comforter to put on top of their beds to make it more personalized. Valuable bedding should be left at home, as camp beds can cause rips in fragile materials. If you send personal sheets with your camper please remember that laundry is gone for at least 24 hours. Bath towels are necessary but we suggest that large, thick beach towels be left at home, as they are difficult to dry on our clothes lines under the shade of the trees.

Sundries: Complimentary replacement items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, pens, stationery, postcards, flashlights and batteries (AA and AAA) are available during the summer. 

Suggestions for Trips:

  • Sleeping Bags: A sleeping bag that compacts into a stuff sack is recommended.
  • Backpacks: Day packs (school sized book packs) are helpful for day hikes. For campers choosing to do extensive overnight backpacking, a sturdy frame pack that includes a hip belt is recommended. Camp has a limited shared supply of framed backpacks.
  • Footwear: Sturdy running shoes or low top hikers are appropriate on most day hikes. Hiking boots with ankle support are necessary for backpacking and more extensive hikes. Make sure the boots are broken in before camp. These boots can also serve your child well for rainy days around camp. For canoe trips, sport sandals or water shoes with heel support are practical such as Tevas, Keens, or Chacos.

Important considerations:

  • We require all envelopes be white for our postage meter, envelopes must meet the standard size dictated by postal regulations.
  • Leave all valuables at home – jewelry, money, cell phones, electronics, tablets, etc. Those who need money, cell phones etc. for independent travel to and from camp, are required to secure these valuables through the camp office. They are not permitted in the cabins.
  • We suggest a disposable camera as there is no place for campers to recharge batteries.
  • Make sure your name is on everything. Bring extra name labels. Permanent black laundry marking pens are acceptable. For items that cannot take a label such as a toothbrush or flashlight, consider a name tape wrapped in clear adhesive tape.
  • All medicines must be under the care of the nurses locked in the Health Center.
  • We are a smoke free environment that includes any type of smoking or vaping. All staff and campers are expected to adhere to this policy.

Other items to consider bringing:

  • Rest hour activities. Suggestions include books, arts and crafts, quiet games (cards), writing materials.
  • Include one favorite stuffed animal for your bed.
  • Musical instruments and sheet music.
  • Tennis balls and racquet.
  • Age appropriate books to read. Please keep magazines and games in good taste.
  • It is a good idea to bring mosquito lotion or stick. Aerosol sprays are not permitted.

Items Not to bring:

  • No electronic items; the cabins do not have electricity. There is no way to recharge any battery powered device.
  • No make-up.
  • No need to bring a pocket knife (we have all necessary equipment in our camping department).
  • Food and candy is not permitted. Please inform your family and friends that food or candy sent in the mail, will be returned to the sender. (or eaten by staff!). All packages are opened in the presence of a counselor.
  • There is no room in the cabins for clutter. As parents, please monitor the packing process. Shipping rates are expensive so lighten your load. We do not allow sets of drawers, posters or multiple stuffed animals.

Thanks for appreciating our focus on non-material things. People and the beauty of the outdoors, will make your daughter’s summer a valuable experience.

Camper Mail and Packages

Letters

Campers love to receive letters. Wyonegonic strongly encourages handwritten letters as a way of correspondence. There is something magical about receiving a handwritten letter in today’s fast-paced technical world. We suggest two letters per week as a guideline. (Daily letters are not recommended as they may contribute to homesickness.) Campers are expected to write parents a minimum of twice per week. Be patient as mail may take up to a week for delivery in the US.

mail and packages

Letter Guidelines

Before camp, please review USPS guidelines with your daughter: the correct way to address an envelope; paper only in an envelope (no bumps such as string, buttons or clasps); and use of blue or black ink.

Please pack standard size envelopes (no larger than 11 1/2 L x 6 1/8 H inches) that are white or a light color since we stamp all outgoing mail with a postage meter. The meter has red ink and does not show up on dark-colored envelopes. All letters must fit through our automated processing equipment, so keep these guidelines in mind.

Homesick Letter Tips

It is normal for girls to miss home, so expect homesick letters and feelings of separation in the beginning of camp. Keep in mind, campers are writing letters during rest hour or unprogrammed time. Therefore sad feelings may be magnified, but quickly forgotten as they go on with their active day. Most campers are well-adjusted and the letter you are reading may be “old news”. Parent tip: if you do receive homesick news, reply with calm and happy letters. Use words like “love” instead of “miss.” Reassure them that “homesickness is normal” and that you believe in them and “they can get through it”. Call the directors if you feel homesickness still lingers. They will typically get back to you within 24 hours. This time is needed to touch base with your daughter’s counselor and/or unit director and assess your daughter’s needs.

Care Packages

We know that campers love to receive packages at camp and parents love to send them! However, we recommend some guidelines so that Wyonegonic can continue to focus on relationships, not materialistic items. Also, please help us strengthen our Wyo commitment to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle regarding care packages:

  • Care packages are limited to one care package, per camper, per session. No food or candy is permitted. All packages will be opened in the presence of a counselor. All food or candy received will be sent back or eaten by staff. (Please be aware that your actions affect our living environment, cabin dynamics and could encourage wildlife into the cabins.)
  • Resources are limited when processing the large amounts of daily packages coming into camp and the recycling of the packaging and boxes after the care packages have been opened. Unfortunately due to market conditions, regional recycle facilities are limited and overloaded. Tips: Shop early to minimize last minute items sent to camp. Combine items from family and friends into one box. Consider no internal packaging or use recycled newspaper that we can use later for our Newspaper Fashion Shows!
  • Consider sending disposable or recyclable items that the whole cabin could enjoy. Items such as arts and crafts supplies, group games, books or holiday accessories that could be shared by all. This not only builds cabin cohesiveness, but also allows for items to be enjoyed by many throughout camp. Consider donating items to our camp library or costume box at the end of summer. Your donation will also alleviate limited packing space on your camper’s return home.
  • Keep in mind, some campers do not receive any packages or letters all summer.
  • Before buying or shipping anything, ask yourself if it can be Reduced, Reused or Recycled?

Alternative to Postal Mail

CampStamps/eLetters

Although traditional letter writing is still strongly encouraged, Wyonegonic offers an electronic alternative, eLetters purchased through your CampInTouch account. You will need to purchase CampStamps, which are used as currency, to send eLetters and receive an eLetter reply. (Please note your camper will not have access to a computer. Campers will hand write their eLetter and the camp office will have it scanned and through CampIntouch it will appear in your inbox. As a parent sending an eLetter, it will be printed once a day and sent to your daughter and viewed as a printed letter with a special header   As a parent receiving an eLetter, it will be your daughter’s handwritten letter viewed as an attachment. The eLetters and return eLetters will be treated just like postal mail in camp; printed out and distributed once a day through the Camp Office.  

How do I buy CampStamps/eLetters?

Go to the Wyonegonic website and access your CampInTouch account by using your Parent Login. Then purchase CampStamps, which are used to send and receive eLetters.

Steps

There is a login at the top of every page on our website. Enter your email address and password (or hit Retrieve/Reset if you forgot your password). You should now be logged in to your CampInTouch account.

Scroll down to Your Account and click on CampStamps. Purchase your desired amount using a credit card. (If no credit card on file, go to down to Credit Card for CampStamps and Photos and enter your credit card number.) Unused CampStamps rollover from year to year. Your CampStamp account is deducted once the emailed letter is sent. (Purchase on your credit card statement will say from CampMinder.)

Cost of CampStamps to Send eLetters

1 Electronic email/eLetter to your camper costs 1 CampStamp
1 Electronic email/eLetter Reply from your camper costs 1 CampStamp

CampStamps

  • 10 for $10
  • 15 for $14
  • 20 for $18
  • 30 for $25

When purchasing, keep in mind you will have the option to print blank eLetters prior to camp (see Tip below).

To Send an eLetter

Scroll down to Online Community and click on Email. This is where you can write a letter to your camper. You can also buy eLetter Stacks (see Tip below) for your child prior to camp. You will also have the option to send a handwritten eLetter reply.

Guest Accounts

If you want to buy CampStamps for your family to use, scroll down to Guest Accounts to sign up a guest first, then back to purchase guest CampStamps, so that they may send eLetters.

Tip

Prior to camp, you can print out a supply of blank eLetters, called eLetter Stacks, to give to your camper so she can write to you throughout the summer. Each blank eLetter will have a bar code, which is attached to your account. Unused eLetters, that are never sent, will not be charged to your account. eLetter Stacks can benefit campers as they can write whenever they want, without having to wait for an eLetter reply emailed from parents first.

Communication

Main Office: 207-452-2051 [email protected]

Off Season Communication

The Wyonegonic Administrative Team is here to help you. We encourage you to contact the camp office with questions you may have as you prepare for summer. During the off season, our office hours for phone access are generally 7:30 am – 7:30 pm.

Email contact can be sent anytime and we will try to reply within 24 hours.

Summer Communication

The camp office is staffed for phone coverage from 7:30 am – 10:00 pm.

If you are anxious about your daughter’s adjustment, you may call the Directors. We are in the encampment with the campers much of the day. We hope to return calls within 24 hours if an update on your camper is requested. We often use 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm for call back times.

Campers are not permitted to use the phone, except they may receive a birthday call from family.

It is best for families to call at meal-time when their birthday girl is near a phone! The cabin group will plan something special in honor of the birthday camper.We suggest presents from family be presented before camp or after camp.

Email address is for camp business only.

Newsletters
We send out a weekly newsletter by email during the summer. Therefore, it is important for us to have your preferred summer email address. Please include [email protected] in your email contacts to prevent spam filters from blocking our address. In the off season we strive for monthly newsletters.

Food and Wellness

We provide nutritious, delicious and varied meals. Our menus are planned with fresh, natural and seasonal ingredients in mind. Meals are served in the Cobb Dining Hall.

Breakfast and dinner are served family style, with two counselors and eight campers per round table, conducive to engaging conversation. Seating is assigned weekly. Healthy food, variety and introduction to different foods is important to us at Wyonegonic. Granola, yogurts, hot and cold cereals, and fresh fruit are available each morning. We serve a creative vegetarian option each evening for dinner. Sunday breakfast is designed as a lazy breakfast buffet and the girls come in their pajamas. In the interest of health, we do not use a deep fryer and limit high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.

Lunch is buffet style with many healthy choices. Campers sit with friends at picnic tables on our wraparound porch. A warm entree which changes daily is accompanied by a salad bar, a deli-sandwich bar with whole grain breads, a soup station, a restricted access peanut butter station, fresh fruit and a beverage station.

We have theme days for international awareness. On Saturday nights, we cookout in the three units where visiting parents are welcome to join us for burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, salads, watermelon and “Congo Bars” for dessert.

Our kitchen is staffed with a head chef, meal cooks, assistant/prep cooks and general assistants who are typically college-age staff, help with food prep, dish-washing and sanitation. Campers set and clear tables and take turns sweeping after each meal.

No food is allowed in the camper cabins. All food is stored and served at the camp dining hall. Campers cannot keep food items in their cabins.

No candy or food will be allowed through the mail service or brought into camp by campers or visitors. These treats are a difficult issue to handle in the camp community. Your daughter will get limited sweets as it is our practice to serve ice cream or novelties twice a week; candy twice a week (with fresh fruit, granola bars, raisins, and trail mix as alternatives); and special treats at our traditional parties.

Special Dietary Restrictions: If your camper has any special dietary restrictions due to medical reasons it must be listed on the heath history form. It is important to communicate any restrictions at time of registration. We encourage communication with Wyonegonic nurses and the Camp Chef prior to arrival and again on opening day.

Food Allergies: Please list any food allergies on your campers health history form. Wyonegonic is not a nut free facility however, we do not use nuts in our cooking or baked goods. We also avoid purchasing pre-packaged baked goods labeled as being produced in facilities with traces of nut products. Peanut butter is offered with restricted access for a protein option at lunch and is well labeled. Our Trip program adjusts and modifies the food options and menu for the entire group if a food allergy will be present on the trip.

Forms and Permissions

Wyonegonic uses an online form system to manage our campers’ information called CampInTouch. This system allows you to complete online forms, retrieve paper forms and access resource documents. We refer to this as our “Parent Login”.

Returning Families: Use your email address and password to access your account.

New Families: Enter your email address and click on the blue link “Retrieve/Set Password” and follow the instructions.

Please contact the Wyonegonic Office for assistance accessing your Parent Login.

Online Forms
The online forms will allow you to enter information into our system using your computer or mobile device. You will receive email notices when these forms are available for you to complete.

Paper Forms
Paper forms will need to be printed, completed and signed before you return them to our office. There are several ways to return paper forms to our office:

  • Preferred method for security: The “Parent Login” allows you to upload scanned documents securely.
  • Fax to (207) 452-2611
  • Postal mail to Wyonegonic Camps, 215 Wyonegonic Road, Denmark, ME 04022
  • Least preferred: Email to [email protected]. Please keep in mind this is the least secure method of communication.

Resource Documents
We will provide PDF copies of many of the topics covered in this Parent Resource. Please use them as tools to prepare your camper for her summer experience.

Health, Medication, Care and Insurance

As part of tuition, campers are cared for by our team of nurses at the Wyonegonic Health Center. The nurses follow written standing orders from the local area camp primary Physician. Nurses assess and dispense medication from the approved inventory. The nurses are also involved with risk management planning, primary care of injuries, dispensing of daily prescription (RX) medications, preparations and briefing for our Trip Leaders. They follow the standards of the American Camp Association for Health and Wellness.

Health Insurance: Pre-existing conditions, prescribed medications and accidents fall under the responsibility of the family medical insurance policy. Therefore, it is required that we have appropriate details of your camper’s health insurance policy on file in the Wyonegonic Health Center for our use as needed. You must provide a copy of both sides of your policy health card. You may mail this to us or scan and upload into your CampInTouch account.

Health Form and Immunization record: State Health regulations and American Camp Association Standards require that everyone in camp has a health history on file.

  • The Health History is completed annually online via your Campintouch account.
  • A Primary Care Physician physical exam is required annually if your camper has prescribed medications, daily OTC, or as needed medication brought to camp for storage and administering from the Health Center. The signed physician form is also required for any physical or mental limitations. The Primary Care Physician physical exam is required every two years if your camper does not have medications or restrictions noted above.
  • The physical exam form is available for download so that you may take the forms to your Primary Care Physician for completion. Please complete these forms by June 1. Printed forms are held in confidence at the Health Center.
  • Immunizations records: Documented last date of Tetanus/Pertussis is required by State of Maine regulations. All other immunizations are strongly encouraged. Wyonegonic reserves the right to decline acceptance of a child who is not fully immunized. If there is a contagious event that poses a threat to the community population, non-immunized children will be required to depart camp property.

Health Screening: Please inform us if your child has been exposed to any communicable disease or head lice at any point during the previous year so that we may check and monitor her discreetly. All campers will be screened upon arrival at camp before going to their cabins to move in. It is critical to update camp nurses with any new information that has occurred since the camper’s health form was completed. If your daughter arrives at camp with lice, without our prior knowledge, all associated expenses for treating her will be charged to parent accounts. Last year, treatment for headlice was billed at $300 to camper accounts and $35 for prophylactic treatment.

Communication to Parent: It is camp policy to inform the parent/guardian of any accident or illness that requires a visit to a doctor or if your camper requires more than a one night stay in the Wyonegonic Health Center.

Medications:

  • Must come with clear instructions in English stating name of the child, dose and schedule
  • Must be in an original labeled container. Modified packaging and/or repackaged medications will not be accepted nor administered.
  • Are not permitted in camper possession or stored in camper cabins; but stored in the health center and administered by Health Center staff or designee.
  • Will be collected on arrival day and reviewed with a Camp Nurse
  • Dispensing requirements for daily RX, OTC and as needed medication or homeopathic treatment must be included on the signed physician exam form and include medication orders on or attached to the form.

Rescue inhalers (albuterol, Ventolin etc…) or Epinephrine Auto-injectors: Those campers needing to “self-carry” (carry rescue meds with them at all times) require special forms (required by Maine State Law). Contact the camp office to receive the authorization form for completion.

Bring no less than two (one for your camper and one for the Health Center).

Hospital: Our nurses follow standing orders from the Bridgton Hospital Group under the Central Maine Medical Family of Hospitals and Physicians. The hospital is located 6 miles from camp. There are three walk-in ready care clinics located within 30 minutes of Camp. We use the Bridgton Hospital for Emergency Room if needed and Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for crisis care. In the event the parent cannot be reached, it is understood by the electronic signing of the health form in your Campintouch account, that the directors and the camp nurses have the authority to act upon the recommendation of an attending physician in case of medical treatment or surgical necessity.

Homesickness

We expect children to be homesick and look at it as a healthy and normal event. Most campers adapt to camp quickly as they become busy with camp activity and make new friends. Wyonegonic trains staff to look for signs of homesickness and gives them tools to deal with ordinary cases. The more difficult cases may pull in the camp directors and nurses.

There are experiences and conversations that should occur at home in preparation for camp.

We invite you to “listen” to the experts and read the resources listed below.

Prevention and Care Your Child’s Health at Camp
by Linda Ebner Erceg, RN, MS, PHN

Essentials of Homesick Prevention: Dramatic Reductions in Homesick Intensity Depend on What You Do Before Opening Day
by Christopher Thurber Ph.D

Homesick and Happy
by Michael G. Thompson Ph.D.

Homesickness Blog
by Rachel Kelly Williams, Unit Director

Travel To and From Camp

Be sure to read the 2019 Wyonegonic Transportation Resource document found in the Parent Login before you complete the Transportation form. It will provide detailed information on your camper’s travel options. 

The Camp Office must know in advance how your camper is traveling to and from camp, even if you plan on driving.

Opening Day is Wednesday, June 26th
Mid-Season Change Over Day is Saturday, July 2oth
Closing Day is Tuesday, August 13th

Valuables from Travel: Passports, return flight documents, cell phones, all electronics and travel money must be given to the cabin counselor upon arrival for security and safekeeping in the Wyonegonic Office.

Driving Directions can be found on our website. Allow extra time on summer weekends for tourist traffic. We are one hour west of Portland; three hours north of Boston; six hours north of NYC.

Visiting Your Camper

We like you to visit and see your child in activities, meet her friends and enjoy camp. Please realize that most campers do not have visitors and for those that do, the adjustment after a visit may be difficult. A short outing away from camp for ice cream, a meal or shopping may be appreciated by your daughter. Bridgton and North Conway are resort towns and local resources are stretched during mid-summer when many area camps have “parent weekends.” We request ten days to acclimate your camper to Wyonegonic before visitation is open.

Visit dates
Session I campers July 6 – July 19
Session II campers July 30 – August 10
Full session campers July 6 – August 10

  • When you know your visit date, please complete and digitally sign the online “Camper Visit” form found in the Parent Login. If an immediate relative is visiting in lieu of parents,  you must designate that person on this form as we must have the equivalent of written authorization in advance.
  • Beware of your GPS or Google Maps directions and come in the main entrance only off Route 117. (Our road accommodates one-way traffic). For Senior Camp, use the left fork; for Intermediate and Junior, use the right fork. Check in with your daughter’s Unit Director when you arrive.
  • Pets are not welcome in camp so please leave them in the car. You may exercise your pet in the upper fields beyond the horse barn near the canoe trailers.
  • Campers may leave camp one time each session with immediate family only. Therefore, seven week campers may have one visit each session.
  • Please do not ask to take other campers with you.
  • See that your camper follows the sign-out/sign-in procedure in her respective unit.
  • Please exercise good judgment in what she eats when out of camp, as we hope to keep our Health Center free of unnecessary tummy upsets.
  • Please see that your daughter is back in camp by the following times: Junior 7:45pm; Intermediate 8:15pm; Senior 8:45 pm. It is not permitted that campers stay out overnight.
  • There is no smoking allowed anywhere on our property as we are a smoke-free environment.
  • Parents/relatives are welcome to visit campers in camp and join them for mid-day buffet lunch on our dining hall porch or Saturday evening BBQ dinner in the unit (weather permitting). You are welcome to go for a swim, enjoy a boat ride, or play game of tennis. Please check with the counselor on duty. We require that all guests wear a personal floatation device (PFD) for watercraft equipment.
  • As stated by the American Camp Association, staff members may not accept tips or gifts from parents.

Thank you for your cooperation!
(Please share these policies with family members or relatives who might be visiting.)

Bridgton, Maine (10 minute drive)
Chamber of Commerce 207-647-3472

North Conway, NH (40 minute drive)
Chamber of Commerce 603-356-3171

Naples, Maine (20 minute drive)
Chamber of Commerce 207-693-3472

Portland, Maine (One hour drive)
Chamber of Commerce 207-772-2811

Many local motels require a three-night minimum in July and August because of demand.
Campgrounds are also available on Long Lake, Sebago Lake or the Saco River.

Wyopedia

Wyonegonic – Tradition handed down over the years tells us that Wyonegonic is a Native American term for “long lake.”

AC – Second year of Leadership Training – “Assistant Counselor” (entering senior year of high school).

ACA – American Camp Association, professional organization for camps and camp directors. Wyonegonic is accredited by ACA.

Brother/Sister visit – Twice each session, Wyonegonic sisters and Winona brothers visit after Sunday lunch

Buddy Letter – Returning campers are assigned a new camper and encouraged to write a letter in May. The intent is to help a new camper by offering to answer questions.

Cabin Night – Once a week on Sunday the cabin group chooses to do something together during Evening Program (EP).

Campsites – Camp owned property on Moose Pond where cabin groups may sleep out overnight: Loon Island, North Woods, Batting Cove, Nort’s Cove, Freeman’s Point, Western Wilderness.

Candyline – Each camper may choose one piece of candy once or twice a week as a special treat. Fruit is available as an alternative.

CIT – First year of Leadership Training, “Counselor in Training” (entering junior or senior year of high school).

Cobb Lodge – Our Dining hall was built in 2001. Breakfast and dinner, we eat family style in two shifts. We enjoy buffet lunch on the wrap around porch.

EP – Evening Program is after dinner. Many special events and camp traditions engage campers for an hour before bedtime in their unit. Once per week there is an all-camp EP.

Evening Circle – Campers and counselor sing every night before bedtime during evening circle. A hand squeeze is passed around the circle with a wish, and the traditional song “Kiyi Wyonegonic” is sung to close the day.

Family Camp – After the camper season in August, Wyonegonic opens for family camp sessions. There are three sessions over a period of 10 days. Each family lives in a cabin; meals are served; and activities are supervised.

Greenie – Toilet building in camp. Located in close proximity to the camper sleeping cabins.

Grove – Pine Grove in the tall pines in the middle of camp; this is a non-denominational weekly service which is led by campers and counselors involving singing, simple dramatics, dance and creative writing.

Head Counselor – assists the Unit Director with staff personnel issues and assessments.

JMG – Junior Maine Guide; MW – Maine Woodsman; JMW – Junior Maine Woodsman. Achievement levels in an outdoor living skills program run by the State of Maine.

Kiyi and Hileo – Tradition handed down over the years tells us that Kiyi and Hileo are Native American terms for greetings much like Aloha, therefore they used for both hello or goodbye.

Pleasant Mountain – The 2,006 foot mountain across the lake is our view shed and is protected from development by the Loon Echo Land Trust. Wyonegonic uses the mountain for hikes, overnights and beautiful views!

Program Director – In charge of camper schedules and staff assignments.

Teams – Division of two groups within each unit, traditional in nature and used for EPs, games, convenience. Junior = Penobscots & Wampanoags. Intermediate = Firebirds & Flying Eagles. Senior = Whirlwinds & Stormclouds. Team emphasis is on sportsmanship not competition. Two team leaders are elected by their peer group.

Trip Shack – In the back of the Senior Wiggie. Pack out area for all canoe trips and hikes.

Unit Director “UD” – Responsible for campers, staff and program for the particular age group (Junior, Intermediate and Senior). UDs are “camp moms” for the campers and staff!

Wiggie – Main lodge in each unit – Junior, Intermediate, Senior. Used for some evening activities, rainy days and as an assembly and meeting place.

Winona – Wyonegonic’s brother camp located 5 miles north on Moose Pond. The two camps were founded by the Cobb family and are the oldest brother/sister camps in the country. Winona is the Anglicized Lakota word for “firstborn daughter”.