Since its beginning in 1918, Camp's mission has always been four-fold. 

Camp Winnataska's symbol is the Maltese cross, as pictured right in a graphic from a 1971 brochure.

The Maltese Cross has four arms. These arms represent Winnataska's guiding mission for campers to grow in four ways:  physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.  

Winnataska is unique in that it is a private, not-for-profit summer camp with a committed volunteer Board of Directors and an extensive alumni network that keeps camp thriving after a century.  Staff members and volunteers use camp's mission to intentionally plan programs and experiences that help campers grow in these four ways.  


We endeavor, through Christian camping,

to further the physical and mental welfare of children and adults;

to promote a love for nature and the benefits of outdoor living;

to encourage the acquiring and sharing of individual skills through personal and group effort;

to instill values, responsibility, sportsmanship, and patriotic citizenship;

to develop character;

to provide campers exciting and meaningful experiences which will help them excel in years to come.

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Camp Winnataska was operated after its founding in 1918 by the Birmingham Sunday School Council. The camp has always been run as an interdenominational camp. The Birmingham Sunday School Council was composed of Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Methodists, and Baptists. The camp, and its leadership, has always included Catholics, Lutherans, and other Christian denominations. The camp is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Because Winnataska is interdenominational, we are careful not to compel campers to agree to any religious or denominational doctrine.

The intent is fulfilled in the following ways at Camp Winnataska's six summer sessions: Sunday morning church (for leaders and staff), morning Bible study, Hillside inspirational vespers & hymns, evening hut Bible devotions, and singing Christian songs.