Miniwanca

Explorer

Boys Camp & Girls Camp

Campers entering grade 9

In the Explorer program, campers entering grade 9 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.

Specific trip details for Explorer 2023 will be available in late 2022.

Check back this fall or sign up for our email newsletter to receive timely updates about summer 2023! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email miniwancacamps@ayf.com.


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 2023 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.



2023 Dates and Rates

Explorers entering grade 9

Session A
June 25 to July 14 (three weeks)
Rate: TBD

Session B
July 16 to Aug. 4 (three weeks)
Rate: TBD



SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID

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