Boys Camp & Girls Camp
Our Avail Senior program is an opportunity for community service and leadership within the Boys Camp and Girls Camp communities.
Service projects include mural painting, dune restoration, and community volunteer work. Some campers serve as tribal leaders, providing direction and leadership for the tribal teams while being role models for younger campers. Avail projects take place on site and in the surrounding community at organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Oceana Food Bank, and Shelby Public Schools, offering campers the opportunity to make a difference in the wider world.
Avail Seniors choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience, with options including archery, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sports, crafts, woodworking, rock climbing, and more. Campers select 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, with favorites ranging from the Leader Hunt to 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.
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.
“My daughter and I talk about Miniwanca all year long. Especially as she's gotten older and is more able to articulate her thoughts, we talk about things like how we can help each other be our best selves and lead balanced lives. It's a wonderful legacy that will be with her for her whole life.”
– Miniwanca Camper Parent