Boys Camp & Girls Camp
Voyageurs embark on five weeks of outdoor adventures and self-discovery in the best of scenic coastal Michigan.
As some of our older Four Trails campers, Voyageurs take on more defined leadership roles while on trail. With the help of their leaders, they’ll plan and facilitate Evening Reflections, cook meals for the group, and help lead the group each day as they plan their next destination. Along the way, they’ll learn to feel empowered by themselves and by the support of the mobile community they’re creating together.
At the end of their Voyageur experience, they’ll rejoin camp and be welcomed by the entire community as they cheer on their incredible accomplishment. Voyageurs conclude their experience by delivering community-wide insights they gathered during their journey and receiving their well-earned rugbies.
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.
Voyageurs will embark on the capstone of their Four Trails experience, a journey of self-discovery and personal reflection amid the beauty of Upper Midwest wilderness. Voyageurs will:
- Complete a 19-day kayaking trip in the spectacular upper basin of the Mississippi River from Red Wing, Minnesota to La Crosse, Wisconsin.
- Establish independence in outcamping skills, including cooking with backpacking stoves, backcountry camping, and water purification.
- Discuss how to be leaders and share the AYF principles in their camp and home communities.
- Live the value of serving humbly through service learning.
- Celebrate their achievement with the traditional ride-in at Miniwanca.
- Receive their well-earned rugbies to mark this important milestone in their lives.
Due to the pandemic’s continued effects on international travel, Voyageurs will not travel to the Georgian Bay in Canada this year. We are confident this journey on the Mississippi River will challenge and inspire your camper in new, exciting ways.
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
Dates: June 26 to July 29 (Five Weeks)
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.
“Voyageur was a great experience for her. She has wanted to do it since her first year at camp and it was all she expected it to be and more. She is so happy and confident. She knows she had a life experience many never get in a lifetime and she values every bit of it.”
– Miniwanca Camper Parent