Miniwanca

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth.

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach and a second, inland lake provides the perfect setting for swimming, sailing, and canoeing.

Our days are simpler. We challenge often but have more fun. The outdoors is our home. We work together to create a community where individuals are respected, and where our values guide our actions.

The AYF mission is the foundation for all we do. Programs are intentionally designed to encourage all to stretch beyond what is comfortable to see what is possible, to allow participants to discover more about their unique capacities, and to practice putting their own best into action in big and small ways.

Registration for Summer 2023 is now open!

Summer 2023 registration is a first-come, first-served model, and waitlists will be created when programs fill. Miniwanca is pleased to served more youth in 2023, offering one-, two- and three-week sessions during Sessions A and B.

Session A: June 25 to July 14

Session B: July 16 to August 4

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Explore all our program offerings below and sign up for our email newsletter to receive registration reminders and the registration link directly in your inbox!

The American Youth Foundation is committed to making the camp experience accessible to as many youth as possible through Financial Aid.

Families registering more than one camper are also eligible for a Sibling Tuition discount. Families pay the full tuition of the program with the highest cost, then receive 5% off each additional camper’s program. For example, families pay the full tuition for their oldest Explorer camper and receive 5% off their younger Seeker’s tuition.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email miniwancacamps@ayf.com.



Camps & Programs

Piper climbs to top of high ropes course

Darers Girls Camp Entering grades 3-5

  • Season: Summer
  • Sessions: 1, 2, or 3 weeks
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Darers Boys Camp Entering grades 3-5

  • Season: Summer
  • Sessions: 1, 2, or 3 weeks
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Seekers Boys Camp Entering grades 6-8

  • Season: Summer
  • Sessions: 1, 2, or 3 weeks
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Seekers Girls Camp Entering Grades 6-8

  • Season: Summer
  • Sessions: 1, 2, or 3 weeks
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NLC Group

National Leadership Conference

  • Season: Summer
  • Sessions: 8 Days
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Summer Seminars for Women Adults

  • Season: Summer
  • Sessions: 4 days
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Miniwanca Community & School Programs

  • Season: Year Round
  • Sessions: Short term residential
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College Programs

  • Season: Year Round
  • Sessions: Short term residential
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Children reflect on Lake Michigan beach at Miniwanca

Group Retreats

  • Season: Year Round
  • Sessions: Short term residential
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Miniwanca
Shelby, MI 49455
231-861-2262

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