Skunkworks Project List
... A skunkworks project is a project developed by a relatively small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation.
- 2020 www.wintercamp.com remodel
- Update the appearance of the site, remove links that no longer matter, reorganize content, and fix or remove pages that no longer function.
Some projects, once started, take on a life of their own and continue for years becoming part of Winter Camp tradition.
- El Mediodia
- June 29 is the day when the next Winter Camp is first closer in time than the previous Winter Camp. Steve Donohue suggested in early 1999 that the date be commemorated with some sort of event, and Occasional Visitor's second official contribution to camp was the name. While no formal event was held, El Mediodia was and continues to be marked by special graphics on the Winter Camp Web page.</P><P>In 2009, several Winter Campers and friends of Winter Camp gathered on El Mediodia at the Beaver Creek building and shared pizza from Greg's Pizza as a salute to the holiday. Present for this celebration were Mark Bollman , Kristie Donohue, Paul Kupser, and Shaun Range , all of whom were serving on the Trail to Eagle staff and thus in camp already.</P><P>After several attempts to plan a formal El Mediodia event, Doug and Joy Wilson hosted a picnic at their Ann Arbor-area home on 8 July 2017. There were good friends, good food, and good times shared by all. 4 out of 6 of the Arrowmen who attended Winter Camp I were there, and total attendance was close to 30 including families. A badminton court hosted several games over the course of the afternoon, including a 3-on-3 game. The second party was held at the Wilsons' on 8 July 2018, and included chauffeured rides in a 1928 Model T driven by Alan Wilson. This car had been modified to include an aftermarket digital speedometer. 13 July 2019 was the date of the third party.
- Geo Location Boxes
- These unusual items debuted at Winter Camp ??. They are gps-enabled.
- Pinball Machine
- Ron Donohue is a pinball machine collector, and he and Doug Wilson combined their efforts to bring a working machine to camp at Winter Camps XXVIII, XXIX, XXXI, and XXXII. The Bally Freedom model was housed in the northeast corner of the Beaver Creek building on its first two appearances before moving to Clearwater in 2007, and has been a popular entertainment option throughout the four weekettes. It returned to Beaver Creek in 2008, but was left behind during the bugout when Winter Camp relocated to Trout Lake cabin in search of electricity. At Winter Camp XXVIII, 170 games were played on Day One, 223 on Day Two, 108 on Day Three, and 163 on Day Four. At 25¢ per game, these 664 games represented a total of $166 in foregone income. Plans are underway to commission a new Winter Camp-themed back glass for the machine.
- Poker Chips
- Mark Bollman has sorted the chips at the conclusion of every Winter Camp Casino Night, beginning at Winter Camp II-and is projected also to do so at Winter Camp L. In 2006, he arranged for the manufacture of professional-weight casino chips bearing the Winter Camp logo, in red, blue, black, and green. Though Casino Night was not on the schedule at Winter Camp XXX, the chips saw their first use that year in Arrowman Bingo. In 2007, Mark added white and gold bordered chips, replicating the border colors of the Winter Camp patches. The new color in 2008 was gray, which corresponds to no patch. Additionally, red, blue, green, and black chips with 12 edge stripes rather than six were introduced, for a total of eleven chip designs. In response to a comment about the lack of a new color in 2009, pink chips were added in 2010, light blue chips in 2011, and purple chips in 2012.
- Winter Camp Network
- The Winter Camp Network had modest beginning in Aprll of 1997 when Steve Donohue discovered the internet and his ability to create a website using his AOL account. On July 14, 1997, he registered the domain name wintercamp.com. An actual site occupied that domain beginning on October 8, 1997.
The first major interactive part of the site was added shortly afterwards on November 27, 1997 by Steve Donohue and Mark Bollman. The Wall was very popular for many years but has gradually become less busy as the planning pages for each Winter Camp have replaced much of what used to happen there.
The network has expanded over the years. There have also been other TLDs which were accessible for a time, but many of those have been allowed to expire over time.
Sometimes domains are registered for awhile before the sites go live. There have also been a few hiccups when we changed hosts. There have been three major hosts over the years: Concentric/XO, DetroitNet, and now IONOS.
- Winter Camp Souvenirs
- Staring in 2015, Winter Camp has had a number of imprinted souvenirs. These souvenirs have been distributed for free mostly at Winter Camp and El Mediodia but they have also appeared at chapter meetings.
The golf pencils have appeared in many places as there were 20 gross of them and they seemed to multiply.
- The Yottapedia was added to Encyclopedia Wintercampica in 2001.
Over the years, Winter Camp has benefitted from a large number of projects which could be identified as being a skunkwork. Developed by a smalll team often with no official authority other then that which they have opted to tell and take. A few examples might include:
- Building the Torch
- The goal of this project is to collect and publish the resources needed to plan and lead Winter Camp. This includes both creating new resources and collecting existing resources to make them easily accessible to the Winter Camp planning team.
- Candy Machine
- At Winter Camp XIII the antique candy machine appeared. It had not been restored and didn't work. The lock was drilled and the machine was open and found to be mostly intact.
Since then it has been a fixture at Winter Camp operating first on nickels painted red and later on buffalo nickels
- Cellphone Activated Hydrogen Balloons
- At Winter Camp XLII, plans were made to explode some hydrogen balloons but no one remembered fuxe or a detonator. Alan (The World's Most Dangerous Wilson} Wilson made a cellphone based detonator using materials he had at camp.
- CHR Memorial Site
- In its heyday, the Charles Howell Scout Reservation near Brighton was widely regarded as one of the finest Scout camps in America. However, the property was sold by the Detroit Area Council in 1986 for development into the Pine Creek Ridge subdivision of luxury home sites. Several Winter Campers have made visits to CHR since its sale, and a number of artifacts, including 5 campsite markers (Jim Bridger, Davy Crockett, OA Cabin, Plainsman, and Ranger), have made their way to Winter Camp for enshrinement at the CHR Memorial Site, which was constructed at Winter Camp XI in 1987. The collection of artifacts was enhanced at Winter Camp XVI, when soil from CHR was scattered over the site and a tree was transplanted from the former CHR Ordeal site to the Beaver Creek woods.
The memorial is a fenced-in area housing the campsite markers, with a gateway built from two trees and the Lime Lake Field Sports sign. It is located somewhat downhill from the Last Ceremony site in such a location as to make it unlikely that it will be discovered without a deliberate search. Winter Camp's annual, 5-year, and 10-year time capsules are buried there each year. Jeff Rand has written a brief ceremony performed at the site during each year's time capsule placement in commemoration of two former DAC camps in metro Detroit: CHR and Waterford Township's Camp Brady. At Winter Camp XXVI, the ceremony was updated by Gordon Draper to include recognition of Winter Campers who had camped at CHR and the singing of the Charles Howell Reservation song.
The 1997 Fall Fellowship saw a crew from Mahican Chapter converge on the site and build a new wing, increasing the size by 50%, and add a basement. Unfortunately, the basement had collapsed by Winter Camp XXI, and there are no plans to rebuild it.
- Cone Foiler
- It seemed like a fun and simple idea: to serve macaroni and cheese at Winter Camp XXXVIII in freshly-baked bread cones. The engineering required to get bread dough to hold a conical shape resulted in cardstock covered with aluminum foil as a mold and the coining of the name "cone foiler" as the description of the crucial job in their assembly. This spawned a new entry in "You Might Be A Winter Camper If...".
- Cookie Cutters
- Arrowmen attending the Winter Camp XL, XLI, and XLII planning meetings enjoyed home-made sugar cookies in the shape of the Winter Camp logo. These were cut using cookie cutters that had been 3-D printed by Alan Wilson. The cookies were baked by Doug Wilson.
- Creepy Clown Cookie Jar
- The Winter Camp XXXVIII pre-planning meeting was held at D-A and coincided with Dave Morosky's garage sale as he prepared to retire and move to Vancouver, Washington. Several campers stopped into the sale after the meeting, and a white ceramic clown-head cookie jar was judged by all present to be a Winter Camp must-have.</p><P>All present, that is, except Kristie Donohue, who dubbed it the "Creepy Clown". When the jar arrived at camp, Lauren Wilson had enhanced the jar with paint in several bright colors. This did nothing to lessen its creepiness, according to Kristie.
- Many Winter Camp games have used dice of various number of sides. In 2018, Mark Bollman arranged for the manufacture of blue, red, and green 6-sided dice bearing the inscription "Winter Camp XLII" on the 1 face. These were distributed to campers on Day Five of Winter Camp XLII.
- The computer game Empire originally ran on the TRS-80, but was later ported over to IBM-compatible machines by John Howey. Arrowmen went nuts over this game from Winter Camps VI through X, playing at all hours and almost coming to blows over who got to play next. The object of Empire was to run a medieval kingdom. Players made decisions on how to feed their people and how much money to spend on commerce, industry, agriculture, and the military to increase earnings. Simultaneously, each player could attack the other players and gain land. When a player's acreage ran low, his resources would be destroyed and his serfs beaten and murdered. Finally, when a player lost all his land, he would be overrun, an event often accompanied by Winter Campers chanting "Over Run! Over Run!" Winter Camp modified Empire in a couple of ways, reprogramming the game to introduce a random turn order and introduce a note of randomness into the computer players' finances. (SD, JH)
- First Run Movie
- At Winter X in 1986, campers were able to watch Top Gun which was still showing in theaters at the time.
- Grey Area Goons/Goon World Order
- The Grey Area Goons was a name originally applied to Arrowmen between the ages of 18 and 21. 'Grey area' refers to the fact that such individuals are considered youth in the eyes of the Order of the Arrow, but adults as far as the rest of Scouting is concerned. The term has evolved over the years and is currently defined in The Goon Guide as "An Arrowman over the age of 18 who fails to make contributions to Winter Camp commensurate with his perceived abilities". Wilson's Rules of Order provide a mechanism for goons to move on to adult status, but few members of this class seem interested in such a transition.<P>"Goon World Order" emerged as an alternate moniker at Winter Camp XXI, when members of the alliance decked themselves out in official gray GWO T-shirts. The Goons moved from their traditional home at Clearwater cabin to High Point for Winter Camp XXIV, but their influence began to wane after Winter Camp XXV.
- Grit Kit
- Steve Donohue took the idea of Jackpot Grits and turned it into a gift item distributed to several campers at Winter Camp XLI. A Grit Kit contains a variety of grits toppings and food coloring and a pair of dice for suitable randomization. So it is that the spirit of Winter Camp makes its way throughout the rest of the year.
- Gumball Machine
- Purchased by Kristie Donohue and restored by the Wilson family, the giant gumball machine made its first appearance at Winter Camp XLII. It wasn't officially used as part of the program but it was filled with capsules containing ingredients appropriate for inclusion in grits. (SD)
- Hit Singles
- At Winter Camp XXXIV, the soundtrack for meals consisted of the #1 songs for each year in the 25-year period corresponding to each day. The tunes were a cooperative venture between Keith King and Doug Wilson, and included one song originally recorded on an Edison cylinder.
- Jell-O Molds
- Among the many curiosities dotting the walls of the Winter Camp kitchen are a pair of Jell-O molds which are traditionally hung each year. The copper lobster and cornucopia were filled with gelatin at Winter Camp II and occasionally thereafter, but their primary function is decorative. At Winter Camp XXXVIII, an inventory of accumulated Winter Camp gear revealed 12 linear feet of Jell-O molds. While records are not carefully kept on this matter, this may hold the record for most Jell-O molds at a single camp.
- Kitchen Logo
- The Winter Camp kitchen logo was designed by Steve Donohue specifically to be placed on aprons when Cafepress.com (home of the online Winter Camp Universe store) announced that they would be available for the summer of 2002. Bearing the legend "Winter Camp Kitchens-Eat it now or eat it later", the logo also features a crossed canoe paddle (a/k/a Rand Stew Stirrer) and a kitchamajig.
- Latrine Contest
- This contest was held annually from Winter Camps IX through XIV. For its first four years, the registration of time spent and a log of toilet paper usage were maintained on a honor system. At Winter Camps XIII and XIV, Jeff Rand put together a computer program which monitored these activities and warned of latrine invasions by unauthorized users. Competition of sorts was contested in several categories, including longest and shortest visit, total time during the weekette, and toilet paper conservation.
- Logo Cakes
- Kristie Donohue arrived near the end of the Winter Camp XXX planning meeting with a rhombus cake with the lettering of the Winter Camp logo. She chose, wisely, to replace the artwork in the interior with a simple "XXX". A similarly simplified logo comprised the third layer of the cake Kristie made for the Winter Camp XXX anniversary party. The sides of this latter cake's three levels were adorned with the Roman numerals from I to XXX.
- Logo Light
- The Winter Camp logo has been used on a light-up sign made by Paul Kupser and hung outside Beaver Creek since Winter Camp XXVI. The four inner quadrants of the logo light up, alternately, in blue, orange, red, and green.
- Low Sun In Sky All Day Camp Book That Tells What Words Mean
- This book is an ongoing work which draws from the Winter Camp Adventure at Winter Camp X and its main character, Big Bro. The book is Big Bro's official dictionary of the acceptable English language-since the Adventure allowed Arrowmen to speak only in one-syllable words, that's all that will be found here.
Some of the definitions lose nothing in this restriction ("fife: a small flute with six to eight holes"), while others become convoluted almost beyond recognition ("box: a thing that is part square and holds things, most times it is made of soft changed wood"). Units of measurement are particularly tough to untangle ("dyne: a force that will cause a change in speed of a tenth of a tenth of the length scale used in most lands per one three point sixth of a tenth of a tenth of an hour per one three point sixth of a tenth of a tenth of an hour on a mass of one gram").
Jeff Rand adds one letter per year to this lexicon, and he displayed the "Z" chapter on schedule, during the Winter Camp XL planning meeting. At the Winter Camp XXXIV planning meeting, it was clear that Jeff was hard at work on the S's, as his interest in the word "sluice" was unusually strong, almost to the point of being disturbing. It should be noted that the version of Big Bro lurking in the Winter Camp electronic universe, while attempting to live by the standards of the game, does not seem to consult the book for his definitions. His very use of the phrase "Cold Time Camp" contradicts Jeff's favored phrasing.
Low Sun... was completed on time, for Winter Camp XL in 2016.
- M*A*S*H Sign
- Winter Camp XXXII had a military them and it prompted M*A*S*H fan Keith King to produce a version of the iconic sign from the center of the camp.
He set it up at camp on set-up day. It has become a fixture of camp and is set up every year.
The first year it pointed to the missing Paul Kupser in Tampa, FL and a few other places. New signboards have been added through the years and most of the original signs only appeared that first year. Keith has taken suggestins over the years.. The sign is stored in the attic between camps.
- Newton's Cradle/Swinging Wonder
- At Winter Camp XL, the dining room was dominated on Day One by a giant Newton's Cradle made of five bowling balls suspended by ropes from the rafters. Doug Wilson led a team from the setup crew in constructing this larger-than-life version of the popular desktop toy. Such a large device was destined to interfere with full use of the room, and so it was dismantled early in the weekette.
- Nixie Tube Clock
- At Winter Camp XLI, Alan Wilson displayed a clock he had built that marked Winter Camp Standard Time in military time. The clock used nixie tubes: light-up tubes in the shape of each of the ten digits.
- This book, compiled by Steve Donohue and Jeff Rand for Winter Camp XIV, was the first recreational Winter Camp book as well as the first serious effort to record intricate details of Winter Camp traditions.
- Parody Logo
- The parody logo was designed by Steve Donohue as a joke. It takes the standard Winter Camp logo and replaced the items in each pane with an item more closely associated with the Goons. Little Ozzie is replaced with a yellow Pontiac Aztek, similar to the one driven by John Howey. The outhouse is replaced with a Hooters chick; the thermometer, golf ball, and soccer ball are replaced with a cup of piping hot coffee, and the single TRS-80 computer is replaced by the networked computers of the GoonNet. Goon Camp is described further as "Usually Unimpressive".
- While the idea had been kicked around off and on for many years, it was only at Winter Camp XXIV that a Winter Camp patch was available. Jeff Rand arranged for their manufacture in two versions: the Winter Camp rhomboidal logo with a gold border, awarded to youths completing the requirements for the new Winter Camp Participation Award; and the logo with a blue border, available for purchase at $3. Tim Hunt was the first to buy a patch. Steve Donohue posted one for auction on eBay during camp, which sold for $8. Two other patches offered on eBay were sold to campers before the sale price dipped below $3. Most of the first batch of blue-bordered patches had been sold by the end of Winter Camp XXV.<P>Winter Camp University provided motivation for several other border colors, beginning at Winter Camp XXVI. Four new colors were ordered, and the College of Winter Camping planned to award a white-bordered patch to its graduates. At Winter Camp XXVII, WCU's College of Historical Studies announced plans to award red-bordered patches-the first of these were awarded in 2005. Black-bordered patches are awarded by the College of Engineering, and the green-bordered patches await assignment.
- Paul's Home Brew
- Paul Kupser's assigned hobby for Winter Camp XXIII was silversmithing. He did not appear to report at camp, but returned at Winter Camp XXIV with the first fruits of his new self-selected hobby: soda brewing. His 12-gallon keg of home-brewed root beer enlivened that year's Casino Night events. Paul's brewing interest continued during 2001-a bottle of root beer was presented to each Arrowman in attendance at the November pre-planning meeting, and an array of beverages including grape soda, cream soda, and ginger ale was served during Winter Camp XXV. Additionally, Paul provided 48 bottles of root beer in souvenir bottles for the 162-Dish Banquet. Arrowmen were cautioned to open the bottles outside in case unusual pressure was released-several did, but the cork launches were generally unimpressive. At Winter Camp XXVI, Paul stocked the Winter Camp trading post with seven flavors of home-brewed pop: root beer, grape, lemonade, strawberry-kiwi, raspberry, ginger ale, and fruit punch. At Winter Camp XXVII, Paul provided all of the pop for camp, in a variety of flavors including Mountain Dew, cola, and root beer.
- Paul Kupser built a piñata in the shape of the Winter Camp logo for Winter Camp XXV. The piñata graced the fireplace in the Wyckoff Dining Hall during the 162-Dish Banquet and was smashed at the Beaver Creek building the next night.
- Three meals at Winter Camp XXIII-the Hot Potato Lunch, Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, and On Beyond Zebra Lunch-were adorned with commemorative placemats designed and provided by Steve Donohue. The placemats contained games and interesting facts about the menu items. Crayons were provided at the Hot Potato Lunch to aid campers in completing the maze on the mat.
Ethan Rein later created two additional placemats which he brought to Winter Camp.
- Polaris Access Road
- Keith and Michaela King created a road wide enough for a Polaris to access the CHR Memorial Site.
- Postmark Project
- This project was inspired by Jeff Rand's list of cities bearing the names of Winter Campers and was engineered by Steve Donohue in 2001. It was revealed online in 2002. Over 50 postcards from these cities and others like Beaver Creek, MN of interest to Winter Camp have been collected.
- Ranger Alarm
- This gadget was talked about for years, but only fully implemented at Winter Camp XII. In an effort to warn inhabitants of the Winter Camp universe about invaders from beyond, sensors were placed on Ranch Road at the boundaries of Beaver Creek subcamp. When these sensors were disturbed, an audible alert sounded in the BC building. Useful for detecting the invasion of Winter Camp by outsiders, the alarm system was also handy for tracking the movement of Winter Campers entering or leaving camp.
- Responsible Adult Companion
- At Winter Camp XLI, Steve Donohue and Jeff Rand arrived at camp feeling the aftereffects of life-threatening cardiac and neurological events from earlier in the year. As Kristie Donohue was unable to do more than visit camp, she deputized two adults as responsible adult companions to look after Steve and Jeff throughout the weekette and monitor their medical status.
- Jeff Rand constructed a wooden hexahedron with sides in the Winter Camp rhombus shape for the 162-Dish Banquet at Winter Camp XXV. Though this was Winter Camp's silver anniversary, the solid is painted gold. Since that year, the rhombohexahedron hangs in the dining room during camp.
- Slide Shows
- Gordon Draper and Jeff Rand are avid travelers, and beginning at Winter Camp XXVI, they have occasionally entertained Winter Campers with slide shows of their journeys.</p><P>At Winter Camp XXXI, Gordon put together a digital slide show of the weekette and showed it on Day Four. Keith King presented his own "Weekette In Review" slide show toward the end of Winter Camp XXXV.
- The Attic
- At Winter Camp XXII, the campers arrived to find the cabin had been seriously remodeled and the attic was more accessible from a high door in the dining area; we used a bunk bed to reach it.</p><P>We have since made many improvements to the safety, efficiency, and security of our storage.
- The Pipe
- During the summer of 1993, Steve Donohue, Joe McEachren and Doug Wilson decided to bury a pipe across the road to allow us to safely run a wire from Beaver Creek to Clearwater with laying it in the road.
- The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook: Winter Camp
- Mark Bolllman-->, Steve Donohue, and Kristie Donohue collaborated during 2004 on this parody work, which appeared at Winter Camp XXVIII. The Handbook contains advice for Winter Campers and those left behind on handling common situations that arise during camp, and includes as an appendix a helpful guide to the Winter Camp alumni who appear for each camp but are not often seen at other chapter events.
- Volkswagen Races
- Volkswagens were raced in this TRS-80 computer game programmed by Jeff Rand and used as part of Casino Night beginning at Winter Camp II. Thirteen simulated VW's traced paths around a course, and the Winter Camp sports book accepted bets from campers. A quirk of the game was that if someone didn't bet on car #13 and it won, they owed $1.
- Wilson's Rules of Order
- These rules for parliamentary procedure at the annual planning meeting were first collected just before Winter Camp XIX. Mark Bolllman--> compiled the list under the auspices of the Winter Camp Bureau of Standards, and noted in the original introduction that Doug Wilson's name was selected for the rules because he was largely innocent of their tangled creation.
- Winter Camp Adventure
- Although some think of the game, this was actually a computer system which developed rules and roles for a game using a parameter file which was used to assign specific roles to each camper and provide them with appropriate goals and a subset of the rules.
The most famous use was probably the Big Bro game at Winter Camp X.
It honestly predated some more commercial things which came later including things like the award-winning Fiasco RPG.
- Winter Camp Almanac and Book of Facts
- The first production of the Winter Camp Bureau of Standards, the Almanac was proposed during the grocery shopping expedition for Winter Camp XVII. Mark Bolllman--> compiled three editions of this publication, which debuted at Winter Camp XVIII and was put out under the auspices of the Winter Camp Bureau of Standards.
- Winter Camp Book of Lists
- Released along with Origins as the first two Winter Camp books at Winter Camp XIV, The Winter Camp Book Of Lists, by Jeff Rand and Doug Wilson, was a little bit tougher to find. Only one copy was produced, but the diligent searcher who uncovered it in the Winter Camp library was rewarded with a wide array of opinions and facts from Winter Campers about life both inside and outside the Winter Camp universe.
- Winter Camp Book of Poetry
- Winter Camp XVIII was graced with a fine collection of poetry, produced by several Arrowmen. Steve Donohue was the most active poet, crafting a collection of short works on topics ranging from the general spirit of Winter Camp to some of its more hallowed traditions. He was joined by Jeff Rand and Mark Bolllman--> for the Winter Camp Epic Limerick Cycle, a collection of limericks commemorating highlights of each previous Winter Camp. Jeff chipped in further with a pair of more general Order of the Arrow verses. The Epic Limerick Cycle inspired a similar set of works created at camp, when Steve was joined by Joe Hall and John Howey in writing a limerick caricature of each 1994 Winter Camper. Joe's three-stanza ode to Steve's snoring in Clearwater was the first work to be written, but soon all campers found their names and personalities commemorated in print.
- Winter Camp Bureau of Standards
- Mark Bolllman--> founded the WCBS in 1994 as a cover for his work compiling the Winter Camp Almanac and Book of Facts and appointed himself the Bureau's first director. He has continued unchallenged in this role as the WCBS has taken on a wide range of statistical responsibilities. The Almanac was published for three years by the WCBS; also maintained there are Wilson's Rules of Order, the Index to Winter Camp Newspapers, the Cavalcade of Winter Camp Food, and the Winter Camp Activity Log. All of these documents are official records of Winter Camp's past, and the last two have found a role in the Bureau's compilation of the Winter Camp Universal Evaluation System. The WCBS has also been the source of work to expand the Universal Measurement System and is the home of the print version of Encyclopedia WinterCampica.
- Winter Camp Casino Guide
- This elementary guide to casino gaming, with emphasis on the games and chip values in use at Winter Camp XXXVIII, was written by Mark Bollman for campers' reference during the Ocean's 38 Casino Night. Much of the material was drawn from Mark 's book Basic Gambling Mathematics: The Numbers Behind The Neon, which had been published by CRC Press in 2014.
- Winter Camp Live!
- Following several years of idle speculation, Winter Camp's first live webcam debuted at Winter Camp XXXIII thanks to the efforts of Keith King. While no live video was transmitted from camp, the fixed-location camera took a picture in the Beaver Creek dining room every 30 seconds, and approximately 5400 collected photos were displayed online at
- Winter Camp Logo
- After considerable discussion, the official Winter Camp logo debuted at Winter Camp XIV in 1990. The logo is striking in its rhombus shape, and bears icons commemorating the main features of Winter Camp. A latrine building (hand-drawn by Jeff Rand) represents camping, Little Ozzie represents the Winter Camp kitchen, a TRS-80 Model I computer notes the centrality of home computers in the Winter Camp program, and winter sports are depicted by an icy thermometer, a soccer ball, and a teed-up golf ball. The logo's first appearance was on the cover of Origins and the new three-ring binder for the Winter Camp Manual; it has since appeared on a wide variety of items (see "Logo Sightings" in the Yottapedia for a full list). Many of the newest logo items are available in the online Winter Camp store.
- Winter Camp Museum
- Jeff Rand created this box and collection which has been maintained. It contains artifacts of Winter Camps past as well as photos and objects related to Scouting in general. It also houses the official Winter Camp library.
- Winter Camp Shorts
- This collection of short stories was released by Jeff Rand at Winter Camp XVIII. Three stories were printed for the entertainment of the members, and the book closed with the first lines of over a dozen new stories. Jeff added one story for Winter Camp XIX, and Mark Bolllman--> also added a short story to his Winter Camp bibliography that year. Steve Donohue contributed a story at Winter Camp XXI.
- Winter Camp Trivia Challenge
- At Winter Camp VII, several Arrowmen undertook to write a Winter Camp Trivia Test computer program. Steve Donohue was responsible for the programming on the TRS-80, and a host of questions was contributed by Steve, Mark Bolllman-->, Steve Pejuan, and Doug Wilson. Later modifications to the TRS-80 version included incorporation of the Alpha Technologies voice synthesizer for Arrowmen with less than adequate reading skills. Its sometimes hilarious attempts to read questions included the famous "three-zero a.m. baking" line. The program faded to obscurity until Winter Camp XIV, when Mark--> updated it for the 1990's with a new version for IBM-compatible computers called the Winter Camp Trivia Challenge. Over 1700 multiple-choice and true-false questions are now included in its database. The program provides a variety of quiz options, including a special novice challenge, a "Greatest Hits" test, subject-specific tests, and tests based on Channel 120, Paradox Metaphor, After The Apocalypse, and Another Ten Seconds.
- Winter Camp's first board game was constructed by Steve Donohue, with printing assistance from Tim Hunt, and debuted at Winter Camp XXII. A direct takeoff on Monopoly with Winter Camp landmarks replacing Atlantic City sites, the game occupied many free time hours that year.
- Zero Node
- Jeff Rand's second Winter Camp novel, a parallel story to Another Ten Seconds, debuted online in 2006. Included in each chapter of the online version was a set of explanations of hidden messages from the corresponding chapter of the previous work. After a decade-plus gap, the story resumed in 2019.