Dare to Adventure

All genders

August 8 to 11, 2023

Applications open in January 2023!

Dare to Adventure is a four-day fun, outdoor educational experience for middle-school aged youth from the Detroit  and Wayne County areas who are new to summer camp experiences.

This camp aims to provide more equitable access to the outdoors and American Youth Foundation programs by offering a low cost, mini-camp experience. Miniwanca staff lead activities designed to introduce youth to the outdoors and experience living joyfully in nature.

Dare to Adventure is staffed by Mulcahy Fellows, seasonal AYF staff who hold similar backgrounds and identities to the campers.

Campers experience traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, high ropes and rock climbing courses, outdoor cooking and camping skills, and lots of fun, active games. They will also enjoy quieter moments of reflection and discussion about their values and what access to the outdoors means to them.



Who should apply?

• Campers must be youth entering 6 to 8 who are residents Detroit or Wayne County who have never experienced a summer camp before.

• Campers must hold at least one historically marginalized identity, including but not limited to Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latinx, Indigenous, multi-ethnic, or LGBTQAI+.

• The primary caregiver’s household income must be at or below living wage for Wayne Country.

• For more information or questions, please email Director of Community Life, Diversity and Inclusion Ambrean Ford at aford@ayf.com.



What does Dare to Adventure cost?

Dare to Adventure costs $10 to apply. All other program costs, including round-trip bus transportation to and from Miniwanca, are covered by the American Youth Foundation.

Dare to Adventure serves 50 campers, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, pending medical review.



A Typical Day at Miniwanca

Dare to Adventure campers participate in activities designed to introduce youth to the outdoors and experience living joyfully in nature.

Dare to Adventure is staffed by Mulcahy Fellows, seasonal AYF staff who hold similar backgrounds and identities to the campers.

Campers experience traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, high ropes and rock climbing courses, outdoor cooking and camping skills, and lots of fun, active games. They will also enjoy quieter moments of reflection and discussion about their values and what access to the outdoors means to them.

 

 

Morning

8:00 a.m.: Rising Bell
8:40 a.m.: Morning Energizer
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Activity 1

Afternoon

12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Rest Hour
2:30 p.m. Activity 2
3:30 p.m. Snack Time
3:45 p.m. Activity 3
5:15 p.m. Camper Free Time

Night

6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Large Group Game
9:00 p.m. Community Reflection
9:30 p.m. Bed Time Prep
10:00 p.m. Lights Out

What does camp look like?