Parent Resource

Wyonegonic family with camperThis online resource guide is designed to assist parents with necessary preparation for their camper’s summer at Wyonegonic Camps.

Careful planning and attention to detail will help your daughter feel ready for her summer adventure. Please be sure to read each section and let us know if you have any questions.

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2021 Camp Clothing Guidelines

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Camp Clothing Guidelines

Everyday Attire: Camp colors are forest green and white 

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

Laundry is gone for 24-48 hours each week; 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 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 the heel strap is in place. 

Special Events: Colorful attire is permitted for a few 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 and Wyoween. Campers do not need an outfit for each holiday, but could pack something colorful that works for most. Red is popular. 

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 and labels through Amerasport prior to May 1 and if requested, they can attach labels free of charge. (Click on this service option under the Names Tapes & Stampers tab.)

Amerasport is Wyonegonic’s official uniform and personal equipment outfitter.

Please visit their website to place an order.

  • 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. Consider registering for an online sizing consultation on the website. 
  • 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 hair-net 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 be jodhpurs, riding tights, 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. 

Emily Mitchel, with Hemphills Horses, partners with Wyonegonic. Wyonegonic horses come from her farm in Maine. Her store has access to personal clothing and equipment. If you are interested in purchasing a reasonably priced beginner riding package of helmet, gloves and boots, with pants available as an add-on, please contact Emily at (207) 872-7964 or  [email protected]

Hemphill's 2021 Camp Packages

Tack Shops and Mail Order Companies:

Beval Saddlery and mail order: Cross River NY 914-875-9418 

Dover Saddlery and mail order: Littleton, MA 800-406-8204 

Maryland Saddlery and mail order: Butler, MD 443-292-4684 

SmartPak Equine Horse Supplier: Plymouth, MA 800-461-8898 

State Line Tack Shop and mail order: Plaistow, NH 800-228-9208 

2021 Camper Mail and Packages

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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. 

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 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 request 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: 

  • For safety and health reasons, expect an additional day of internal delivery of packages once received at camp
  • 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  eLetter replies (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 email 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. 

2021 Communications

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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 8:00 am – 5:00 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 8:00 am – 10:00 pm. 

If you are anxious about your daughter’s adjustment, please call the Directors. We are in the encampment with the campers much of the day. We will 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 gifts from family be presented before camp or after camp. 

[email protected] 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 email monthly newsletters. 

2021 Food and Wellness

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Wyonegonic Food Service

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

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be a staff served buffet, cafeteria style or served family style. There will be no self served buffet. Seating will be assigned by cabin groups. At the Cobb Dining Hall campers sit with cabinmates at picnic tables on our wraparound covered porch. Healthy food, variety and introduction to different foods is important to us at Wyonegonic. Breakfast features a hot item, granola, yogurts, hot and cold cereals, and fresh fruit. Lunch will offer healthy choices that includes a warm entree, a salad and sandwich option, fruit and a soup station. Dinner will include an entree, vegetable and appropriate starch. We prepare and serve an alternative creative vegetarian option each evening for dinner. A desert item will be offered at lunch or dinner. In the interest of health, we do not use a deep fryer and limit high fructose corn syrup and trans fats.

Meals in the units may include a cookout with burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, salads, watermelon and “Congo Bars” for dessert. Sometimes a continental breakfast or lunch items may be delivered to the unit.

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

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

No candy or food will be permitted through the mail service or brought into camp by campers upon arrival. 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 some of our traditional events. 

Special Dietary Restrictions: If your camper has any special dietary restrictions due to medical reasons it must be listed on the health history form. It is important to communicate any restrictions at time of registration. We encourage communication with Wyonegonic nurses prior to arrival and ask you to confirm restrictions with our health center staff on opening day at the health screening. 

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 may be offered with restricted access for a protein option at lunch. 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.

2021 Forms and Permissions

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Wyonegonic 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. 

Required Forms and Permissions:You will receive notice in the emailed Parent Newsletters when forms are available for you to complete. 

Online Forms 

The online forms will allow you to enter information into our system using your computer or mobile device. 

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 
  • Email with a PDF attachment to [email protected] 

Resource Documents 

We will mail some (but not all) documents of the topics covered in this Parent Resource. Please use the Parent Resource as a helpful tool to prepare your camper for her summer experience. 

2021 Health, Medication, Care and Insurance

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Wyonegonic has a comprehensive COVID-19 multi-layered prevention and mitigation strategy. It is a flexible plan that will be adjusted as necessary in the months and weeks prior to camp, depending on state required guidelines, regulations and pandemic conditions. See the COVID -19 Practices document in the Parent Resource for further detail.

Health Center: As part of tuition, campers are cared for by a team of professionals that constitute the Wyonegonic Health Center team. The nurses and MDs are also involved with regular health screenings, COVID-19 mitigation, COVID-19 testing, and camper isolation and quarantine protocols.The nurses follow written standing orders from the local area camp primary physician and group affiliated with nearby Bridgton Hospital. Nurses assess and dispense medication from the approved inventory. They are responsible for risk management planning, primary care of injuries, dispensing of daily prescription (RX) medications, and 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 all residents in camp have a health history on file. 

  • The Health History is completed annually online via your Campintouch account. 
  • There will be a COVID-19 Health History addendum required, it will be available for completion in June. 
  • A Primary Care Physician physical exam is required annually if your camper has prescribed RX 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. A physical exam form is available for download so that you may take the forms to your Primary Care Physician for completion. Please complete and submit 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. 
  • For 2021, COVID-19 immunization is strongly encouraged but not required for any staff member or camper (age 16 or over) if they are eligible for vaccination by their local Public Health Department.

Pre Arrival Daily Health Tracking Assessment: A method for documenting daily health monitoring for the 10 days prior to arrival will be provided in the late spring.

Pre Arrival Behavior Modification: A healthy camp starts at home. Campers and staff should be asked to participate in only low risk behaviors for at least 10 days prior to Camp. Low risk behaviors are those that can be done outdoors and/or with masking and physical distancing. Campers and staff should only be unmasked with immediate household family members during this time, specifically not eating in restaurants or other eating venues with individuals outside their family unit. Gatherings of groups outside the family household are not recommended; this includes weddings, graduations, religious gatherings, sporting events, parties and playdates. Attending school, and other camps where masking and distancing is diligently employed, has not been shown to increase risk of COVID-19 and may be considered a low-risk behavior during this time. Campers and staff are encouraged to discuss their pre-camp plans with camp directors should there be any question.

Pre Arrival  COVID-19 Testing: Wyonegonic will require proof of a negative molecular RT - PCR COVID-19 test taken 3 - 5 days prior to arrival. This testing expense would be the responsibility of the family.  Expectations, instructions and advice on options will be communicated in June.

Arrival Day Testing: Wyonegonic may administer a COVID-19 rapid antigen test for all campers and staff upon arrival.

Arrival Health Screening: Be prepared for a review and discussion of daily health monitoring and precamp behaviors upon arrival at camp.

 Please inform us if your child has been exposed to or tested positive for any communicable disease at any point during the previous year.  It is critical to update camp health center staff  with any new information that has occurred since the camper’s health form was completed. 

Please inform us if your child has been exposed to head lice so that we may check and monitor her discreetly. If your daughter arrives at camp with lice, without our prior knowledge, all associated expenses for treating her will be charged to parent accounts. In 2019, treatment for headlice was billed at $300 and $35 for prophylactic treatment to camper accounts. 

At Camp COVID-19 Symptomatic Testing: During the camp sessions, any symptomatic camper will be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Cabin and cohort groups or any close contacts of a confirmed positive case may be tested based on the circumstance and the consultation of our Health Center team. Tests would be performed and covered through third party insurance if available or covered at Wyonegonic’s expense.

At Camp COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing: Wyonegonic may plan to administer a 2nd RT-PCR test 5 days after arrival to camp. Wyonegonic may test any or all asymptomatic members or the camp community at any time after arrival at camp. These tests would be  billed to third party insurance if available or covered at Wyonegonic’s expense.

Regular Health Screening: Wyonegonic Health Center Staff will perform traditional health screenings of all campers and staff to include temperature check and monitoring of symptoms.

Isolation and Quarantine Plan: Wyonegonic has a comprehensive isolation plan for presumed positive SARS-CoV-2 cases while awaiting test results. Wyonegonic will properly care for all patients while communication and a personalized plan is established with the family. Wyonegonic has a quarantine strategy in place for close contacts of any positive cases (ie Cabin Group).

Communication to Parents: 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 an overnight stay in the Wyonegonic Health Center. Camp Nurses or Directors will communicate to parents in the case of COVID-19 symptoms, presumed positive or clinically diagnosed cases, COVID-19 testing and test results, and in the case of a close contact quarantine.

Medications: 

  • Must come with clear instructions in English stating the 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 including 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). The camper or staff member who “self carries” must also demonstrate the ability to self administer with one of the members of the Health center team.  Contact the camp office to receive the authorization form for completion. In this scenario, bring no less than two (one for your camper and one for the Health Center). For those not needing to “self carry” but have access, the health center will collect the medication at arrival check-in and hold it in a secure location in the event there is a need.

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. Additionally, 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 or as directed 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. 

2021 Homesickness

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Homesickness

We expect children to be homesick and look at it as a normal event. Most campers adapt to camp quickly as they become busy with camp activity and make new friends. Wyonegonic provides training and tools for staff to look for signs of homesickness and to mitigate ordinary cases. The more difficult cases typically pull in the unit directors,  nurses and contact to parents via Directors. 

There are experiences and conversations that should occur at home in preparation for camp. We invite you to listen to the experts or read the resources listed below. 

Resilience - short video
by Dr. G - Dr. Debra Gilboa

The Resilience Cycle
by Dr. G - Dr. Debra Gilboa

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 

Homesickness Blog
by Rachel Kelly Williams, Wyonegonic Unit Director 

2021 Preparing and Packing for Camp

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Preparing an Packing for Camp

Please pack carefully. Less is better than more! Campers clothes will be kept in a footlocker. Campers also have a shelf that holds personal items like hair care products, a toothbrush, a flashlight, and writing materials. Laundry will be done once a week and will be returned after 24-48  hours. 

Footlockers are a necessary item to contain clothing and belongings. Our preferred model C&N Footlockers The Happy Camper, is available through EverythingSummerCamps. You may borrow a gently used footlocker from Wyonegonic at no fee, supplies may be limited, arrangements must 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 $75 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. Locate the Camp Forms dropdown from the homepage to sign up for the service. 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. 

We furnish all bedding, this includes sheets, wool blankets and pillows with pillow cases. Many campers choose to bring a soft fleece blanket, light comforter or throw to put on top of their beds to make it more personalized. Valuable bedding should be left at home. 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. 

Hand Sanitizer: Personal size hand sanitizer is encouraged. Wyonegonic will have plenty of hand sanitizer available throughout camp locations. We will be able to  re-fill personal size containers from our larger supply.

Facial Coverings: We expect that there will be scenarios when the wearing of a facial covering will be required. Personal washable masks must be of a proper fit. Buffs or neck gators provide convenience but must be double layered in order to be effective as a protective face covering. Wyonegonic will have an ample supply of  disposable masks available.

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. (No larger than 11.5” L and 6.125” H) 
  • 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 in 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 labeling items. 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 locked in the Health Center, under the care of the nurses. 
  • 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. Camp also has a shared supply. 
  • Age appropriate books to read. Please keep magazines and games in good taste. 
  • It is a good idea to bring bug repellent 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. 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.

 

2021 Travel to and From Camp

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Be sure to read the 2021 Wyonegonic Transportation Resource document found in your CampInTouch Account 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.

Session 1 Opening Day is Thursday, July 1st

Session I Departure day is Saturday, July 24th

Session 2 Opening Day is Sunday, July 25th

Session 2 Departure Day is Tuesday, August 17th 

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. 

2021 Wyopedia

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Wyonegonic – Tradition handed down over the years tells us that Wyonegonic is a term for "long lake."  

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

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

 Brother/Sister visit - Once or 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 welcome 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, nut free and non-chocolate options are  available as alternatives.

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, Lunch and Dinner are scheduled in multiple seatings and assigned times to accommodate the full camp population. 

EP - Evening Program occurs  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 counselors 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. 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 unit communication and staff support

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 Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Kiyi and Hileo - Tradition handed down over the years that honors the local peoples’ terms used for greetings, much like Aloha.  Therefore they are 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 - Responsible for camper schedules and staff assignments.

Teams - Division of two groups within each unit, traditional in nature and used for EPs, games and convenience.  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.