Camp Winnebago offering day camp this summer for area youth

Camp Winnebago Director Barb Cage stands near the empty swimming pool, which will be a flurry of activity come June. The swimming pool is one of the most popular locations for campers at Camp Winnebago. Photo by Charlie Warner

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

“We’re looking at developing another revenue source and also another way to utilize our facility,” was the way Camp Winnebago Director Barb Cage explained the Camp Winnebago Day Camp, which is being offered for the first time this summer.

The day camp will be offered to area children from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. five days a week from June 11 through Aug. 31. For parents in need of extended hours, Cage said those needs can be worked out.

The day camp is an alternative to the traditional daycare setting that many kids attend during the summer months. Cage said Camp Winnebago will offer pick-up service for children in Caledonia, Spring Grove and Eitzen.

The day camp will include breakfast, lunch, snacks and provide a ratio of three kids to every staffer. It will also offer a cabin for campers who require a napping period.

Camp specialists will offer classes in nature, arts and crafts, archery, swimming, fishing, canoes and paddle boats. All water activities will be supervised by staffers who are certified life guards.

“We may offer some day trips and possibly an overnight camping experience,” Cage said. “With the wonderful facility we have here, there are many possibilities.

“We’re hoping that the summer day camp will provide kids to use their imaginations, spend more time out in nature, gain new and wonderful experiences and open their eyes to the great outdoors.”

Cage noted that Camp Winnebago will have staffers from 17 different countries this year, which will provide both their special needs campers and the day camp participants the opportunity to gain a better perspective of diversity.

The day campers will also be rubbing elbows with special needs campers, which Cage also feels is a valuable life experience.

An informational meeting on the Camp Winnebago Day Camp will be held at the Caledonia Area Elementary School cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 25.

“We feel we have a lot to offer area youth with our day camp. We’re excited about the possibilities,” Cage concluded.

For more information, contact Cage at (507) 724-2351.

You can contact Charlie Warner at [email protected]