Apply to Compete in the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games COMPETITIVE TRACK

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The 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games are happening January 17 – February 11, 2022

  • 1 elementary school in each of Maine’s 16 counties will be selected to compete in our Competitive Track!
  • 4 weeks of competition! $50,000 in cash and prizes awarded to schools! Weekly student incentives!
  • Application Deadline: November 10, 2021 at midnight (EDT)


GOLD = $10,000

SILVER = $7,500

BRONZE = $5,000


Week 1 (Jan 17-21) Outdoor Physical Activity

Week 2 (Jan 24-28) Nutrition

Week 3 (Jan 31-Feb 4) Family Engagement

Week 4 (Feb 7-11) Winter Carnival

If your entire school cannot compete for the full duration of this schedule, we invite you to register your class for our Play-Along edition instead, where you can participate at your own pace, and enter to win weekly prizes! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.


  • In December, schools will receive their Winter Games Toolkits and participate in a pre-competition webinar
  • Schools can accrue up to 25 points per week based on a rubric of challenges
  • One school per week will receive 1 bonus point for the winning Moment of the Week submission as judged by an independent panel of WinterKids sponsors and Maine Olympians
  • Any schools tied for first place at the end of the competition will submit a “snow principal” likeness – judged by an independent panel of WinterKids sponsors and Maine Olympians

school commitment

  • 4 weeks of competition for the entire student body and faculty (extra points for non-teaching staff)
  • Weekly submission of points
  • Weekly submission of “moment of the week”
  • Community involvement
  • Parent/family engagement

selection process

  • Any elementary school in Maine can sign up EXCEPT for previous WinterKids Winter Games GOLD Medal Winners
  • All schools selected for the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games are at the discretion of WinterKids
  • One school per county will be selected to compete in the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games


  • 50% or greater Free and Reduced Lunch
  • The least access to community resources and supports
  • Proposals that include the improvement of students’ health and the school environment; outdoor activities a plus!



A brief roster video introducing your school is required as part of your application.

  • MUST INCLUDE School Name & County
  • Should not exceed 30 seconds
  • Please hold video horizontally (wide video angle)
  • Your video may be featured online as part of the Winter Games. Please make sure all children who appear in your video are approved to do so.
Here’s a great example from our 2020 gold medal winning school:

Application Deadline: November 10, 2021 at midnight (EDT). No late submissions accepted.

Having trouble, or have additional questions? Submit a message to Marion Doyle, our Education Director, right over here:

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Students, Teachers, and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”



With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

annual report


We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.