Certification Trainings

Wyonegonic plans to offer Ropes Course Certification, Canoe Instructor Certification and Archery Instructor Certification in June 2021.
Aquatics certification such as WSI and Lifeguarding will only be provided for Wyonegonic Staff and not available for outside registration.  Aquatics training needs should be directed to the American Red Cross or other Trainers.
Please click on the course title below to read detailed information on each training. Read our policies carefully and use one of the links at the bottom of  this page to register online. We are not accepting payments online. You will receive instructions on the registration form on how to pay for your courses. Contact the Wyonegonic Office if you have any questions.

Certification Trainings Online RegistrationPayment Policy
We are offering online registration; however, we are not accepting payments online. Your registration will not be confirmed until we receive payment. You can either mail a check to our office or call with a Master Card or Visa. Prices include course materials, instruction, room and board. Please use one form per participant.

Health Forms
We can accept a copy of your completed health form from your own camp.  Please bring a copy of your completed camp health form to our office prior to your raining for review by our staff.

COVID-19 Protocols

Participants will need to be prepared to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3-5 days of arrival and to provide information on vaccination status.  Participants are asked to practice low risk behaviors in the week prior to arrival and track any symptoms. Individuals will also be screened on arrival; this could include a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test for non-vaccinated individuals. Those who are not feeling well with any suspected COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to stay home and contact us immediately.

NPIs such as masking, cohorting and physical distancing will be used as appropriate during the trainings to minimize risk.

Aquatics Trainings
Not offered for outside participants in 2021: Please note that all courses are physically demanding and occur in a fresh-water lake. Water temperatures in June can be cold. We strongly recommend that you bring a wetsuit. You should be in excellent physical condition, have strong swimming strokes, and be prepared for a swimming pre-test.

Clinic Participants under 18 years old
A waiver release signed by your parent/guardian is required for participants under age 18. Please contact the Wyonegonic Office to get a waiver.

Refund and Cancellation Policy
Cancellation refunds are permitted 14 days prior to the start of your course, less a $30 administrative fee. Within 14 days, cancellations will be refunded half of the course cost. Once a course has started there are no refunds for cancellations, no shows, or candidates with inadequate skills. This includes persons who fail a pretest or have incomplete work.  We will discuss a refund for any participants who are not able to arrive due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms or exposures.

Certification Policy
Wyonegonic Camps does not guarantee that training participants will pass their course. The course instructor makes the determination for certification based on a participants adherence to prerequisites, pretest completion, and course completion after evaluating an individual’s performance. Full attendance is required.

Most multi-day courses are residential and have both day and evening sessions, along with reading and course work. Living accommodations are provided in rustic cabins without electricity. Toilets and hot water showers are centrally located. Meals are provided in the camp’s dining hall. Archery Instructor training is offered in a one day format with no overnight stay.

Wyonegonic Regulations
We appreciate your cooperation with the following: Wyonegonic is a non-smoking community; no exceptions will be made. We are alcohol free and have quiet hours in place for students to study.  Residential students in multi day courses will be asked to stay on site for the duration of their training.

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Archery 2021

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Instructor: Lucy Morris,  New England School of Archery and Supplies


  • To improve the safety and quality of archery instruction to individuals and small groups in a camp setting
  • To review archery techniques
  • To give instructors confidence in teaching
  • To learn to motivate and vary daily program
  • To care for equipment and make repairs
  • To comply with ACA Accreditation Standards and state licensing regulations.


  • Archery Course 1:  Wednesday June 16th starting at 9am - ending by 8:30pm (or when testing is complete)
  • Archery Course 2: Thursday June 17th starting at 9am - ending by 8:30pm (or when testing is complete)

Cost: $220

Prerequisites: The minimum age for the Level I course is 15. However, when conducting an archery class, those under the age of 18 are required to have an adult (18+) supervision.

Certification: National Archery Association - Level I. Valid for three years from date of issue.

Note:  Full attendance and participation is required. Coursework or homework may be assigned prior to the training. 

Canoe 2021

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We offer canoe instructor training through the American Canoe Association: Level 1 Introduction to Canoeing Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW, ICE). Participants can choose to include a one day Introduction to Canoeing to help review paddle strokes before the intensive Instructor Workshop. This is strongly encouraged by the instructor.

Please note that all courses are physically demanding and occur in a fresh water lake. The temperatures in June can be extremely cold. We strongly recommend that you bring a wetsuit. Lifeguard Certification is highly recommended for anyone teaching children on the water. Refer to American Camp Association Accreditation Standards for appropriate water sport training requirements.

Instructors:  American Canoe Association Instructor Trainers

American Canoe  Association: Level 1 Canoe Instructor with Introduction to Canoeing


  • To learn or review basic canoe strokes before moving into the instructor level course (includes Intro to Canoeing Skills Course on day 1.)  This is strongly recommended for all students and especially for those with minimal paddling experience.
  • To certify an individual to teach the American Canoe Association Level 1 Introduction to Canoeing curriculum
  • To gain knowledge of canoe safety
  • To strengthen teaching skills
  • To comply with ACA Accreditation Standards

Date Options Intro and Instructor:

  • Canoe Instructor w/Intro Course: Wednesday June 9th starting at 9am - Saturday June 12th finishing at 5pm

Cost:  $465 (Intro and Instructor Course)

Please note that the Canoe Instructor training is a full time commitment, including evening classes and coursework.


  • Minimum Age 18 for American Canoe Association Instructor requirements
  • Excellent physical condition and strong swimming skills
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • We recommend you review the following ACA Instructor Criteria for the Level 1 Introduction to Canoeing Instructor

Certifications: American Canoe Association, Level I Introduction to Canoeing Instructor


Challenge Course 2021

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Instructor:  Mike Barker - Adventure Mas

This course meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for Ropes Facilitator Training. For more information please read this article.

All training also refers to American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation Standards, Association for Challenge Course Technology Standards (ACCT), Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA) and Maine State Licensing Regulations.

Mike and his team at Adventure Mas are also available for building and inspections. 

Low Ropes Facilitator

Purpose: Focus is on facilitation techniques for both element/initiative and non-element/initiative challenges as well as safety skills.

Dates: June 8th starting at 9am - June 10th finishing at 5pm 

Cost: $335

Certification: Low Ropes Course Facilitator (2 years)

High Ropes Facilitator

Purpose: Learn facilitating techniques for various high elements including equipment, belay skills, safety and rescue techniques. Gain knowledge in risk and course management.

Dates: June 11th  starting at 9am - June 14th finishing at 5pm 

Cost: $495

Certification: High Ropes Course Facilitator (2 years) 

Challenge Course Facilitator

There is a discount price if a participant enrolls in both the High and Low Ropes Facilitator Trainings back to back.

Combined Dates: June 8th - June 14th High and Low Facilitator Training 

Cost: $695

Certification:  Challenge Course Facilitator (2 years)

Please note that the Ropes training is a full time commitment, including evening classes and coursework.

Climbing Wall Facilitator

Purpose:  Learn facilitation techniques, belaying skills and safety for climbing wall structures. Gain knowledge in risk management.

Dates: June 15th starting at 9am finishing at 5pm 

Cost: $85

Other Training

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Winona Camps Clinic Website and Brochure



US Sailing  - Counselor Course

Camp Riflery Instructor

Wilderness First Aid

Maine Trip Leader

Camp Nashoba North Clinics Website


Equestrian First Aid


Powerboat Towing Safety

American Camp Association - New England Office


American Red Cross

Johnny G. Blanton III

Aquatics Sales Executive, MA, NH, VT, and ME

American Red Cross


[email protected]




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