About Us

Our History

Since 1919 YMCA Camp Winona has been a place where youth have 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, YMCA Camp Winona is nestled among 68 secluded acres of oaks and pines on the shores of our 88 acre spring fed Lake Winona. Our heritage and 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. In the 1960’s, girls were welcomed and fun in the sun ensued co-ed. Every year at Camp, 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.

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Staff

Alexandra Kinney, Executive Camp Director

Alex is originally from the Midwest and had worked for YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln in Iowa since 2008. She loves the Y and has experience in many Y departments such as youth sports, member services, and fund development. Summer Camp is her main passion and thinks it’s one of the most incredible and important experiences any child (and adult!) can have!

Fun Fact: this past year Alex, her husband Mike, and their dog, Luca, traveled the US in their van and visited all the National Parks!

Tyler Mapel, Camp Facilities Director

Tyler joined our team in January 2020. He also comes from the Midwest (Kansas City to be exact – he’s the Chief’s #1 fan!) and had worked in a variety of roles for the last 10 years at the Augusta YMCA. This is the first time in a long time that Camp has had a dedicated person to taking care of the Camp facilities and grounds – and we are so excited to have Tyler’s talent here!

Summer Staff

Because a high-quality staff is the heart of a camp experience, we set high standards for the young men and women that join our summer team. We look for young adults who will serve as outstanding role models by exhibiting high standards mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We also look for creativity, an outgoing personality, an appreciation for the outdoors, and the ability to provide leadership while being a team player. Our staff participates in a 10-day intensive pre-camp training, which includes First Aid and CPR.

Every employee at camp must pass a criminal background check, drug testing, and reference checks before they are hired to work at YMCA Camp Winona.

Board of Directors

Fred Cleveland, Chair
Kathy Ambachtsheer
Peter Ambachtsheer
Jeff Berner
Amy Cleveland
Charlie Cobb
Gerri Commodore
Gary Cornwell
Tricia Kanawall
Jeff Newfield
Ian Shinnick
Kent Zweifel

Interested in becoming a Board Member?