Miniwanca

Boys Camp

For summer 2021, Miniwanca is offering a powerful and unique Boys Camp experience for returning campers entering grades 5-12 from June 27 to July 17.

All Boys Campers will experience days intentionally designed to encourage them to discover their best, live a balanced life and contribute to a positive community. Campers will become part of cabin groups that serve as their family at camp — they live together, eat family-style meals together, and participate in daily community activities and games together. These experiences will be tailored for three age groups: Darers, Seekers, and Wayfinders. Learn more about each below.

Campers will live in open-air, wooden cabins nestled in the forest, helping to foster a deep connection with the natural world. Seekers and Wayfinders will have opportunities to tent-camp on various parts of the stunning Miniwanca property for part of their time at camp this summer.

The American Youth Foundation is committed to a safe, healthy summer experience for campers and staff. Learn more about how we plan to adapt our 2021 summer programs to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and regulations. 



Darers

Entering Grades 5-6

Our youngest campers experience a summer of fun and friendship as Darers. Darers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience. Favorite Interest Group options include archery, fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, sports, crafts, rock climbing, chess, 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 the Darer community gathers for Night’s Doings fun. Boys Camp favorites include the Leader Hunt and the Talent Show, where campers perform and support their friends. Evening Reflection brings a quiet close to the day as we reflect, set goals, and learn more about one another.

Seekers

Entering Grades 7-8

Seekers in Boys Camp connect with new friends and discover their strengths in a dynamic and supportive environment. Rising 7th and 8th graders will attend a three-week session where they will build deep connections with their cabin and community. Seekers are vital members of their small cabin groups, their color team or "Quad," as well as the full Seeker age group. Campers will experience an overnight camping adventure at the Well Site Outpost on our property, where they are introduced to camp craft skills and outdoor cooking. All Seekers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience, with options including archery, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sports, crafts, rock climbing, chess, 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. Seekers leave Miniwanca with lasting memories, newfound skills, friends, and newly gained confidence in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.

Wayfinders

Entering Grades 9-12

The Wayfinders program is our most challenging program for our oldest campers. High school-aged participants will engage in a mix of complex problem-solving activities, including tailored service and leadership experiences. They will embark on a rigorous, multiday wilderness trip that challenges them to explore environmental issues while increasing self-reflection and self-reliance skills. Wayfinders will have the opportunity to give back to the Miniwanca community while experiencing program opportunities that build on the rich learning and adventures they've previously had at Miniwanca. Opportunities for the oldest campers to earn rugbies/vests will be still be available!

A Day in the Life

Miniwanca
Shelby, MI 49455
231-861-2262

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