Boys Camp & Girls Camp

Explorers discover the fundamentals of outdoor adventures in the best of scenic coastal Michigan.

In the Explorer program, campers take their first steps in our Four Trails program and will embark on at least one outcamping experience in some of the most beautiful wilderness settings that West Michigan has to offer. These self-supported adventures offer the additional challenges of carrying all the food and supplies campers will need for the duration of their trip and continuing to reflect on how they can best support each other as they encounter new opportunities for growth.

Explorers stretch themselves physically and emotionally as they build friendships, gain confidence, and thrive in the mobile communities they create while on trail.

2022 Four Trails Details

2022 Four Trails will be different than previous years due to the ongoing pandemic. Our camp community’s health and safety are our top priority, and all Four Trails plans are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

We are confident these experiences will provide all the challenge, community, personal growth, and fun your camper expects on a Four Trails trip, even if the routes take us new places.

Explorers are taking their first steps exploring the outdoors beyond Miniwanca. They will:

  • Embark on a three-night hiking trip on the Manistee River Trail and a one-day canoe experience on the Manistee River.
  • Learn the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
  • Learn the basics of backpacking and canoeing.
  • Practice outcamping skills, such as cooking with backpacking stoves, backcountry camping, and water purification.
  • Explore and apply AYF principles of best self, balanced living, and positive community.
  • Give back to the community through a service-learning project.

Upon arrival to camp, Miniwanca staff will conduct an extensive pre-trip evaluation to make sure all participants are physically and mentally prepared for trail life. A camper’s trip plans may be altered after individual assessment.

To best prepare for the physical demands of their Four Trails experience, Miniwanca will provide a pre-trip training plan with the 2022 Family Resources in the spring. We strongly encourage your camper to review and adhere to this plan to ensure the safest, most enjoyable Four Trails trip.

Summer 2022 registration is now open. Campers are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis (pending medical review), and waitlists will be created when programs fill.

2022 Dates and Rates


Session B (Three Weeks)
Dates: July 10 to July 29
Rate: $5,000


The AYF is committed to making summer camp accessible to all youth. As a nonprofit foundation fueled by generous donations from our alumni and families, the AYF offsets the price of every program for every participant. AYF also offers generous full scholarships and need-based financial aid.

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“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