In exactly two years, Winnebago will be in the midst of celebrating its 100th anniversary. And for good reason—it’s a huge achievement. The world has changed and grown in ways no one could have fathomed in 1919, but the dream that Frederick Guggenheimer laid out when he bought an old farm on the shores of Crotched Pond is still going strong.
We will have many more announcements in this space over the coming issues about what exactly is planned for camp’s centennial, but right now, we’d like to tell you about one hope that we have.
This summer, the Alumni Association is sponsoring six scholarship boys at Winnebago. They come from New York, the Boston area, and Portland, Maine. They have diverse backgrounds, and among them are boys from Sudanese and Colombian immigrant families. But what is most important is that, like all of us, they’ve found a second home at Winnebago. And without the generosity of the camp community and the support of camp itself, those boys wouldn’t have been able to reach Winnebago at all.
But helping six campers is not enough. The number of scholarship boys at camp will always fluctuate from summer to summer, but we believe that finding more scholarship boys for the younger divisions gives us the best change of having a full and robust program. We’re already making that happen.
This summer, five of our six scholarship boys are in the Falcon, Eagle, and Dart divisions, and board member Andy Rougeot (SL ’04) has forged relationships between camp and several Boston-area charter schools to recruit more 9-, 10-, and 11-year-old boys to join them. We want to give this opportunity to as many boys as we can, and the WAA and Winnebago are jointly committed to making that future happen.
We hope that you’ll join us too. More scholarship campers will require more donations from our community, both to our annual fund and our capital campaign. Let’s go into our 100th year in a way that’s worthy of camp’s history and ideals.