Our performance philosophy emphasizes taking risks in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Drawing from the world of circus and theatrical arts, we teach timing, balance, and a sense of humor. We honor the creative spirit of each child in an atmosphere of approval and mutual encouragement. Our camp is situated on a beautiful lake with a 350-foot water slide; campers are lodged in canvas tepees.
There is a final show for parents and friends on the last day of every two-week session.
WHERE: Camp Winnarainbow is nestled in a forested area of beautiful Mendocino County in Laytonville, an approximate 3 hour drive north of San Francisco on Highway 101.
WHEN: One 1-week and four 2-week sessions available from June 20-August 20 (details shown below). Each two-week session ends with a grand performance
AGES: 7-17 years, boys and girls
ACTIVITIES: Silks, Trapeze, Acting, Music, Cloudswing, Clowning, Dance, Spanish Web, Improvisation, Poetry, Gymnastics, Juggling, Songwriting, Stiltwalking (and falling), Diablo, Arts & Crafts, Unicycling, Magic, Mask-Making, Tightrope, Martial Arts, Nature Walks, and much more.
COST: Rate is $925 for 1-week sessions, $1845 for 2-week sessions (check website for additional multiple week and combination sessions rates); flexible, no interest time pay plans available. Teen Camp is $1845 for the session. Adult Camp rate is $750/week.
DETAILS: The heart and soul of Camp Winnarainbow is learning to live in community: within the tepees and as a whole larger community. In the tepees, experienced counselors help their campers develop self-esteem and social/friendship skills through games, stories and bonding activities. Our performance philosophy emphasizes taking risks in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Drawing from the world of circus and theatrical arts, we teach timing, balance, and a sense of humor. We honor the creative spirit of each child in an atmosphere of approval and mutual encouragement.
All sessions begin on Monday and end on Saturday. There will be a final show for parents and friends on the last day of every two-week session. Our 2-week sessions contain 12 camper days. The 1-week session contains 6 camper days. Changeover days are included for campers staying over for multiple sessions. All the sessions may be attended in combination.
Kids Camp 2017 (Our 42nd Year!) is open to campers ages 7–14. Two-week sessions contain 12 camper days. The one-week session contains 6 camper days. There is a final show for parents and friends on the last day of every two-week session. Session A ends with a Showcase and Open House.
- 1-week session: June 219-24 (A)
- 2-week sessions: June 26-July 8 (B); July 10-22 (C); July 24-August 5 (D); August 7-19 (E)
Teen Camp 2017 welcomes campers ages 15-17 to join us for a 2-week-long program filled with performing arts and circus classes, as well as workshops and fun activities aimed at self-discovery, growth and leadership.
- 1-week session: August 7-19
Camp Winnarainbow for Adults is celebrating its 31st year! Directed by that Master of Ceremonies and FUN, Wavy Gravy, Camp Winnarainbow for Adults will be full of exciting activities and nightly performances, elegant and wacky circus costumes, daily classes and as always, a fantastic menu from Mom & our superb kitchen crew. Stay for the week or on a daily basis.
- 1-week session: June 13-18
CONTACT: Address: 1301 Henry St., Berkeley, 94709. Visit www.campwinnarainbow.org/ or call 510-525-4304
Our story about Camp Winnarainbow
By Terziev Thelin, grade 6, Marin Waldorf Schoo
“Toward the fun”— that’s the motto of Camp Winnarainbow. The camp encourages individuality and acceptance of others. My first year sleeping in a tipi I was nervous at first. People were starting to arrive, and I had already chosen my spot and laid out my things in my new home for two weeks, Green Tipi. A girl came in and started talking to me while choosing and setting up her spot. After a while I felt that she was going to be a good, kind and helpful friend and knew it wouldn’t be hard to make many others. I asked if she wanted to move next to me and she did.
As the session went on, we went to gymnastics, aerials, art, tightrope, juggling, and much more together. It is a friendship I’ll never forget. Sometimes during free time we would go to the lake. We’d swim, jump off the dock and platform and go on the waterslide along with many other friends. Camp Winnarainbow I’ve made tons of new friends and have learned a lot of new circus skills. Camp Winnarainbow is a relaxed and fun time and I never wanted to leave!