Our youngest campers experience a summer of fun and friendship as Darers.
Our days are intentionally designed to encourage campers to discover their best, live a balanced life and contribute to a positive community.
Campers become a part of cabin groups which serve as their family at camp- they live together, eat family-style meals, and participate in daily community activities and games together. Darers live in open-air, wooden cabins nestled in the woods, helping to foster a deep connection with the natural world. Campers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience. Favorite Interest Group options include archery, horseback riding, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, arts and crafts, theater, sports, dance, yoga, rock climbing, beach time and more. Campers select new activities each week, giving campers 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. Favorites include the Leader Hunt, Safari, Council Circle, and the Talent Show, where campers perform and share their gifts. Evening Reflection on the beach brings a quiet close to the day as we reflect, set goals, and learn more about one another while watching the sunset over Lake Michigan.
Campers leave Miniwanca with lasting memories, new found skills, friends, and newly gained confidence in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.
2019 Dates & Tuition
Darer (entering grades 3 - 5)
1 week: June 30 – July 6 ($1,130)
2 week: July 7 – July 19 ($2,500)
3 week: June 30 – July 19 ($3,300)
1 week: July 21 – July 27 ($1,130)
2 week: July 28 – August 9 ($2,500)
3 week: July 21 – August 9 ($3,300)
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.
Our Four Trails adventure trip leaders are at least 21 years of age, participate in a rigorous 3-week training, and are certified in high-level first aid as Wilderness First Responders. All of our staff members have background checks run against multiple local and national databases.
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