Miniwanca

Voyageur

Boys Camp & Girls Camp

Voyageurs experience the pristine wilderness of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay on this five week kayaking expedition in Ontario, Canada.

On our most remote trip, Voyageurs adventure onto the open water and islands of the beautiful Georgian Bay. They’ll kayak each day to a new island and watch the sunset over the water. They’ll camp out each night in tents and wake each morning to the sunrise.

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 a community wide message at Flag Raising or Evening Reflection, sharing insights they gathered during their journey.

Learn more through our FAQs, meet our staff or review parent resources.



A Day in the Life

2019 Dates & Tuition

Entering grade 11

5 week: July 7 – August 9 ($6,275)

 



Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need previous experience to participate in the Four Trails program?

Though there are no hard and fast requirements, Four Trails campers must be in good physical condition and prepared for an experience in the outdoors. Beyond that, a positive attitude and a sense of adventure are the only things necessary to join the Four Trails program. You can review recommended exercise routines in the program handbook under the ‘Resources’ section of this page. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

What safety measures does Miniwanca take?

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.

Will my child feel included at camp?

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.

What qualifications do staff members have?

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.

Four Trails adventure trip leaders participate in a rigorous training program in which leaders gain hands-on experience in each of Miniwanca’s program areas: backpacking, cycling, canoeing, and kayaking. Our leaders are certified in first aid, and many of our leaders are certified as Wilderness First Responders. In addition, each Four Trails adventure trip has at least one leader who is 21 years of age or older.

How do parents communicate with their children during camp?

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.

What kind of food does Miniwanca serve?

Following our Food Program guiding principles, we aim to serve a variety of healthy options, including a balance of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables incorporated into a child-friendly menu.

“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