The Winter Camp Network began on AOL and gradually moved into its own domain and hosting.
The Winter Camp site began life on AOL and became its own domain on July 14, 1977. On November 20, 2001 we purchased wintercamp.net and pointed it at the same address.
Winter Camp remains the largest site (excluding pictures) in the network and, despite having endured a few previous redesigns, may be the most in need of a design update.
It serves its purpose by providing an online reference for Winter Camp and the rest of the world. It is also helpful in planning Winter Camps events and activities by allowing discussion online. It helps to preserve the "community" of Winter Camp.
One Part Words was the next member of the network. It remains dedicated to explaining the world in words of but one part. The domain was purchased on August 19, 2000 but didn't have content until March 2, 2001.
It continues to serve its original purpose but is not as active or well-maintained as it could be. One Part Words was the first site in the network to use a logo designed as a work for hire.
Ask the Beast was a regular feature in the Winter Camp News almost from its inception; once Ron received a PhD, changing the title to Ask Doctor Beast seemed normal. The site became part of the network on July 24, 2002 and on October 16, 2002 a frustrated Steve added the domain www.askdrbeast.com to his library.
The site remains in production and, though seldom used, has a decent array of advice.
December 2001 found Steve thinking about the Universal Measurement System and purchasing the domain UniversalMeasurement.Com. He waited too long though and someone snapped it up days before he looked. Universalmeasurementsystem.com was purchased on March 7, 2002. It provides an explanation of the Universal Measurement System and calculators for converting common units.
Winter Camp University is unique among websites in the WC Network in that it has no official logo. It was purchased on November 29,2002 and basically launched in time for Winter Camp XXVII in 2003. It provides course information and program details for Winter Camp University.
The Rand Institute of Leadership domain was purchased on November 29,2002 in the same transaction as wintercampuniversity.com. The site had little more than a logo until January 7, 2005 when it roared to life. It focuses on leadership and is affiliated with the WCU. It was also the first site ever to formally claim to be part of the Winter Camp Network.