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”.