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Camp Winning Spirit

Sponsored by Childhood Cancer Lifeline of NH and YMCA Camp Coniston

 Held at YMCA Camp Coniston on 1200 acres
surrounding a private lake, in Croydon, NH

Some of the best ideas are born at kitchen tables, with people you have just met...such is the case for Camp Winning Spirit.

In the fall of 1995 a chance meeting between a Lifeline board member and someone at the NH YMCA sparked what has become the highlight of the year for most families.

In August of 1996 the first Camp Winning Spirit was held at YMCA Camp Coniston, and it has been a Labor Day tradition since.

Camp Coniston
Climbing Tower!



Camp Coniston
Each family gets their own
cabin by the water.

Camp Winning Spirit is an extended weekend for families of children with cancer. Participants may be presently in treatment, recently off-treatment, or have on-going concerns related to cancer.

Camp Coniston

Camp Winning Spirit is a time for the whole family to run & play and have fun together. Children get to try new things offered by the camp and its caring staff. Parents have time together and find support from new and familiar faces who have shared similar struggles regarding pediatric cancer.

There is a volunteer medical professional on call all weekend living in the camp infirmary. New London Hospital is 15 minutes away.

This annual Labor Day weekend event is a collaboration between the Childhood Cancer Lifeline of NH and YMCA Camp Coniston that began in 1996. Camp Winning Spirit and all of its lodging, food and activities are free of charge to registered families.

Camp Lodging - Cabins consist of bunk beds with mattresses and some shelves. Each cabin holds between 12-16 sleeping spaces. Toilets & showers are located in one camp shared bathhouse.

Suggested Packing List:

  • Sleeping bag per person or twin sheets/blankets
  • Pillow per person
  • 1 shower towel, 1 beach towel
  • Toiletries/shampoo, hairbrush
  • Sneakers & flip-flops
  • Hiking/walking shoes if you like hiking
  • Jeans & Sweatshirts for cold nights
  • Shorts & T-shirts for warm days
  • Bathing suit
  • Raincoat/books
  • Alarm Clock/small radio
  • Camera & film & batteries!
  • Flashlight

*Avoid bringing food into your cabin. Chipmunks, squirrels and mice will visit you.

*Camp has refrigerators in the dining hall for you if your family has special dietary needs.

Weather Preparation - Weather consists of cool nights and hot days. Cabins have screens & no glass windows, so bring warm sleeping attire. Remember to expect the unexpected! (i.e. Rain)

Camp Meals - All families mingle and eat together at tables sized for 10+ people. Meals are served at scheduled times, family style.

Activities - Program activities change/rotate each morning and afternoon. Options throughout the weekend include: archery, tennis, basketball, sailing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, Frisbee golf, arts & crafts, four-square, & wiffleball to name a few!

Friday Schedule
5:00 families check in
6:00 dinner
7:00 orientation skits in the lodge

Saturday & Sunday Schedule
8:00 breakfast
9:00 1st program/activity time
10:30 family camp vs. staff games
Noon lunch
1:00 siesta (quiet time in cabins)
1:50 2nd program/activity time
5:00 family time
5:30 dinner
7:00 evening program
9:00 quiet cabin time

Monday Schedule
8:00 breakfast
9:00 program time
Noon lunch
1:00 checkout

egistration is on a first come – first serve basis with priority going to New Hampshire and Vermont families until August 15th. Registrations from other states will be accepted after that time.

For a Registration Form, please reach us via:
Phone:(603) 645-1489 or
email: info@childhoodcancerlifeline.org

We thank YMCA Camp Coniston for their dedicated service to our mission of supporting the families of children with cancer.

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