ABOUT US

OUR HISTORY

Since 1919 YMCA Camp Winona has been a place where youth can come to learn, grow and have fun in a wholesome and safe environment. Our goal is to provide each person with an experience that will help them grow and reach their potential.

Operated by the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, Camp Winona is nestled among 68 secluded acres of oaks and pines on the shores of Lake Winona. Our programs have continued to provide fun and excitement in a safe atmosphere. That is why YMCA Camp Winona is “a place in the woods that finds a place in the heart!”

In 1919, then General Director of the Daytona Beach YMCA, L.R. Reynolds, found a pristine spot on the edge of Lake Winona in DeLeon Springs and pitched tents there with several boys from the YMCA. Reynolds liked it so much, that later that year the YMCA obtained 40 acres on Lake Winona from a neighboring farm and Camp Winona was officially born. The new camp would be used by the county’s three Y locations, New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach and DeLand.

Electricity was added to the camp in the 1930’s.  Improvement continue to this day with new buildings and programs.  Every year more and more people come to Camp; as a summer camper, with a retreat group, volunteering, as a staff member. Camp Winona is one of the oldest camps in the south, and it has hundreds of thousands of people in it’s family. When you come to Camp Winona, you’re part of history, tradition, and community.

STAFF

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Stephen started his career in camping in High School at a two week camp run by the local Kiwanis.   He loved it so much it led him to working in camping for the next 20+ years.   

Stephen joined Camp Winona in January of 2024 as their Executive Camp Director.    He hopes his years of experience will add to the fun and safety of Camp.   

 

 

Sydney’s passion for camp started in 2013 while being a counselor and seeing the power that camp has to be a place of belonging for all. Since starting her journey into the camping world she has worked at six YMCA camps across the country starting at Camp Classen in her native state of Oklahoma. Over the years she has served in various roles from counselor to outdoor educator, and now serves as the Assistant Director here at YMCA Camp Winona.

Sydney graduated from Oklahoma State University where she studied Elementary Education. When not at camp you can find her reading outside a local coffee shop, perusing a small bookstore, or visiting her family across the country.

Austin started his venture into the camp world in 2016 as a lifeguard at Camp Timber-lee in Wisconsin. Since then he has continued on as a student-athlete at Trinity International University earning his Bachelor Degree in Social Science and playing on the soccer team, while returning to camp in different roles through the summers. While in University he discovered his passion of craftsmanship and maintenance and joined as a student-faculty at the school while completing his degree. After graduating and marrying his bride, he joined in to help improve the facilities at Camp Timber-lee as a part of their Maintenance team. Since then he has come to join the leadership team at Camp Winona to help bring insights, create new projects and assist in the longevity of the camp’s facilities as the Property Manager.

Since joining in November of 22’ he has improved current programs, helped organize and structure the maintenance side of the facility and enjoys creating activities for the camp’s guests. Austin and his wife and two kids enjoy an active lifestyle with trips to the beach, iced lattes and discovering the rich history of central Florida.

Summer Staff

Our Summer Staff is made up of Professional Role Models. This means that all our staff understand not just their responsibility to care for your child but that they are a positive influence in your child’s summer.

Staff are hired from all over the world. American staff and international staff provide campers an incredible experience and is one of the highlights of coming to Camp Winona.

Staff are interviewed and reference checked. We hire fun, energetic counselors ready to show how exciting camp can be.  Employment is dependent on a drug screening and clear background check. 

Our staff go through two weeks of staff training minimum. Here they cover everything from camp songs to emergency procedures. Additionally all staff receive First Aid, CPR , AED for the professional rescuer. Many of our staff become lifeguards as well. 

 

We maintain a ratio of 1:6 campers minimum and our youngest cabin groups being 1:5.