Boys Camp & Girls Camp
Trailblazers experience the best of both worlds by taking on the challenge of adventure trips while still enjoying their favorite in-camp activities.
In their introduction to the Four Trails program, Trailblazers will explore the terrain of Michigan through a short multi-day hike on the North Country Trail, the nation’s longest scenic trail. After their hike, they’ll canoe for several days down Michigan’s Manistee River. All the while, they’ll learn and practice valuable outcamping skills that will continue to be useful throughout their Four Trails experience.
While not on trail, Trailblazers will choose from a variety of in-camp activities including arts and crafts, sports, performing arts, rock climbing, sailing, and more. They will discover new skills, experience friendly competition, and reflect on becoming their best selves in a supportive atmosphere. Campers choose new activities each week, giving them the opportunity to discover and explore new interests and strengths in a dynamic and supportive environment.
Each evening, our community gathers for all camp Night’s Doings fun. Favorite events include the Leader Hunt, Wanca Kart, and the Talent Show, where campers perform and support their friends. Evening Reflections brings a quiet close to the day as we reflect, set goals, and learn more about one another.
Campers leave Miniwanca with lasting memories, new found skills and friends, and newly gained confidence in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Miniwanca is fully accredited by the American Camp Association and meet or exceed state health requirements and industry safety standards in both our in-camp and adventure trip programs. American Red Cross standards guide our waterfront activities. We have a team of committed, on-site health professionals, staffing multiple fully equipped health centers, with the nearest hospital just 12 miles away. Miniwanca campers are supervised throughout the day and maintain a 1:6 staff to camper ratio so that we can provide a fun, safe summer for our campers.
We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. We value each camper’s right to fully experience Miniwanca free from prejudice and harassment. All of our staff members are trained to supervise children and to prevent and address incidents of conflict or bullying based on any aspect of a person’s identity, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
Staff members strive to be excellent role models by adhering to the camp motto, My own self, At my very best, All the time. Our senior staff members are caring professionals who work with children year-round in camp, school programs and conferences.
Our cabin leaders have completed at least one year of college, are certified in first aid and CPR, and go through two weeks of extensive training at camp prior to the arrival of campers.
Four Trails adventure trip leaders participate in a rigorous training program in which leaders gain hands-on experience in each of Miniwanca’s program areas: backpacking, cycling, canoeing, and kayaking. Our leaders are certified in first aid, and many of our leaders are certified as Wilderness First Responders. In addition, each Four Trails adventure trip has at least one leader who is 21 years of age or older.
Children love to hear from their families while at camp! Campers are encouraged to write letters during the session and parents are also welcome to send mail to their camper, or send emails through our one-way email provider, which our office staff print and distribute every day.
If families have an urgent message, question or concern about their child, our directors are always willing to speak with parents on the phone.