Boys Camp & Girls Camp
Adventurers encounter stunning Michigan scenery on a two week cycling tour of self discovery.
Miniwanca’s Adventurer campers use the power of their “Physical Fold” to venture up and down West Michigan. With their gear packed on their bikes, Adventurers are introduced to self-supported bicycle touring while experiencing the joys of living simply, camping out each night, and pushing themselves into their growth zones as they discover their personal best.
During their first days in camp, Adventurers prepare for their trip by learning the fundamentals of cycling and bike maintenance from their leaders and coordinators. They’ll also participate in at least two practice rides, known as shakedowns, where they’ll gain a better feel of riding on their bikes with their gear. All participants in an AYF cycling experience need to display an aptitude for biking.
The Adventurer trip allows campers to challenge themselves with a true physical feat of endurance while building a positive community with the support of their group. Prior experience on a Four Trails trip is not required, but campers must be in strong physical condition to enroll in this trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Though there are no hard and fast requirements, Four Trails campers must be in good physical condition and prepared for an experience in the outdoors. Beyond that, a positive attitude and a sense of adventure are the only things necessary to join the Four Trails program. You can review recommended exercise routines in the program handbook under the ‘Resources’ section of this page. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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.
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.
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 BunkNotes, 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.
“Our daughter comes home full of confidence and inner peace, ready for the next school year! Her heart is full of wonderful memories and time spent with good, good friends. So many great stories to share with her family. Thank you for the positive, values-laden influence you and others like you have on her during her stay at camp and on trail.”
– Miniwanca Camper Parent