Our Story


In 2000, the seed for Camp Oonie Koonie Cha sprouted over drinks at a local diner attended by five Winston-Salem Musicare teachers: Amy Haywood, Amy Wright, Beth Frack, Claire Valine and Sandy McFalls. Beth Frack suggested forming a music camp. This idea was met with underwhelming skepticism.  That summer, Amy Haywood was teaching at the Winston-Salem Montessori School at their summer fun week and while there envisioned how the camp could be structured.  The logo was scratched out on a napkin and the next summer featured three individual weeks with different themes hosted by the Montessori School.  The response was overwhelming. 

The following summer, the group ran camp independently at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem. The first theme was The Wild West. Camp filled quickly and had a waiting list! 

Fifteen years later Camp OKC is it going strong with a total of five themes and a sister camp running in Boulder, Colorado, started by Amy Haywood.

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha always strives to make camp better and better every year; listening carefully to parents feedback and the responses from the children.  OCK parent reviews are exceptional and the fact that campers come back year after year is the greatest endorsement.