Miniwanca Girls Camp Reunion

Girls Camp Reunion will take place August 12-15, 2022

We invite you to return to Miniwanca for the rescheduled five-year Girls Camp Reunion from Aug. 12 to 15, 2022. Join us for three days on the sand dunes to visit with old friends, rediscover favorite memories, and connect with the values of best self and balanced living.

Reunion Schedule

Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

4 to 6 p.m.: Registration and Move In
6:15 p.m.: Dinner in Eating Lodge
8 p.m.:  Opening Circle

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022

8 a.m.: Rising Bell and Polar Bear Dip
8:35 a.m.: Set-Ups and Flag Raising
9 a.m.: Breakfast
Morning: Interest Groups & Activities
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Rest Hour
2:30 p.m.: Afternoon Interest Groups
4:30 p.m.: Deck Tennis & Captainball
5 p.m.: Free Time
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
8 p.m.: Candlelight Sing in Eating Lodge

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022

8 a.m.: Rising Bell
8:35 a.m.: Setups
9 a.m.: Breakfast
10 a.m.: Sunday Something Sacred Service
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Rest Hour
3 p.m.: AYF Update
4 p.m.: Free Time/ Free Swim
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7:30 p.m.: Nights Doings – Mini-Olympics
8:30 p.m.: Closing Circle
9:30 p.m.: Social Hour

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

8 a.m.: Rising Bell
8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
9:30 a.m.: Clean up and departure
12 p.m.: Happy Trails To You


All prices include meals and activities.

Dorm Housing: $250
One bed in Seay or Four Seasons dorm

Cabin Housing: $200
One bed in shared cabin

Off-Site Housing: $150
Covers meals and activities for participants who choose to stay off Miniwanca property. 

We will do our best to accommodate roommate and cabin mate requests.


We cannot offer Grand Rapids airport shuttles this year, but we encourage participants to carpool and offer airport pickups as needed. If you need a ride or pickup, contact Alumni and Community Relations Director Molly Mulcahy and she’ll be happy to help connect you with other Reunion participants.

Who's Coming?

Registered online for the reunion

As of July 19, 2022:

Abby Dixon

Abby Wells

Amy Skalinder

Amy Wolfe Knauff

Barb Felton

Barbara Spragens Kelley

Barbara Van Buskirk

Beatrice Cook

Beth Conkin

Bridget Gilmore

Bridget Stack

Bronwyn Jones Craven

Carolyn Negley Wester

Carla Schantz

Charlotte Cabrol

Christine Miller Orsborn

Claire Bliss

Clare Sanford

Cynthia Dickinson

DD Danforth-Burlin

Diana Tisdale

Deb Siedel

Donna Gates

Elizabeth Herr

Elizabeth Hoffman

Ellen Pritchett Moore

Emily Cline

Emily Jones Knuth

Heather Jermak

Helen Strate Kielty

Holley Young

Janelle Rienstra Jones

Jennifer Givens Harrop

Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Pett-Ridge

Jordan Saylor

Julianne Smutz

Katelyn Gilroy

Katie Brokaw

Lara Cooper

Laura Hilscher Humphrey

Laura Jones Joukovski

Laura Venn

Liz Marshall

Madelyn Cook

Marcia Corbett

Margaret Cline Curl

Margaret “Gigs” Finnegan

Margot Van Buskirk Hoerner

Marsha Ware Rusco

Meg Bergen

Mia Smutz-Ulmer

Mimi Seidel Holmes

Myriah Frlich

Nancy Brokaw

Nancy Thies Weed

Patti Ashbaugh DeLano

PJ Smith

Rebecca Bond

Ruth Fiedler

Samantha Weed

Sandra Sherman George

Sara Streed Dick

Sarah Bleeker

Sarah Greifenkamp

Sharron Miller Sanborn

Shawna Myers

Sophia Fry

Stacy Chriswell

Stacey Davis Jacobs

Stephanie Borum

Sue Ellis Kemper

Susan Sanford Venn

Susie Marshall Lapine

Susie Vumbacco

Tory Roberts

We will update this list as people continue to register. Please spread the word and invite your friends!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can come to the reunion?

This reunion is for adults ages 21 and over who have been a part of Miniwanca Girls Camp (both YG and OG) at any point in their lives. We’ll have attendees who attended Miniwanca during different decades from the 1940s onward.

Can I bring my children?

Not this time! This is an adult-focused program without a kids camp option. For family opportunities, take a look at Alumni Family Weekend the following weekend (Aug. 19 to 22).

What activities will be available?

You’ll be reliving summer camp days, beginning with Polar Bear and ending with Night’s Doings! Activity options will be geared toward many different interests and will include a range of activities. You can also enjoy crafts, songs, and a chance to jump in Lake Michigan.

Where will we sleep?

Housing is provided in Seay Building, Compton Lodge, Four Seasons Lodge and in the summer cabins. You can select your housing preference and list roommate requests when you register. We will do our best to accommodate those requests.

Can I make overnight accommodations somewhere else?

Of course. We have a rate for those who plan to stay offsite ($150 for the weekend).

How will meals work during the reunion?

The reunion price includes all meals for the weekend from Friday dinner to  Monday breakfast. We eat family style in the Eating Lodge. You will see fresh ingredients, local produce, and your favorite camp meal staples. The Miniwanca Food Program is able to accommodate a range of dietary needs. Please list all dietary needs and food allergies when you register.

I haven't been back to Miniwanca in a long time. Will I know anyone?

Don’t worry – if you don’t see old friends, you will make new ones right away. Some of the faces may be different since your last visit, but the culture and community are the same. We can’t wait to meet you and hear your favorite camp stories!

How do I register?

You can register for Girls Camp Reunion on CampBrain. A $50 deposit is due upon registration; the final payment is due June 1.

What is your COVID-19 vaccination policy?

The health and safety of our summer community is the American Youth Foundation’s top priority. In accordance with CDC and FDA recommendations, the AYF board of directors and leadership require all summer 2022 staff and participants eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated and up to date on their vaccination before their session starts. Proof of vaccination will be collected before arrival at camp. Thank you for your understanding.

How can I help?

We would love help getting the word out! If you are interested in helping with reunion outreach, please email Alumni and Community Relations Director Molly Mulcahy.

8845 West Garfield Road
Shelby, MI 49455

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