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Cabin Leader

Cabin Leaders are responsible and camper-focused youth development professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Our days as a cabin leader are simpler. We challenge often but have more fun. The outdoors is our home. We work together to create a community where individuals are respected, and where our values guide our actions. We gain confidence, share, and have fun.

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach. A second, inland lake provides the perfect setting for swimming, sailing, and canoeing.

At Miniwanca Boys Camp and Girls Camp, cabin leaders will work with campers and staff members from around the world. Cabin leaders can expect to lead 2-4 cabins of 4-6 campers between the ages of 8 and 17 as they discover and develop new strengths in 1, 2, and 3 week overnight camp programs. The primary responsibility of cabin leaders is to help each camper adjust to camp life and achieve their personal best.

Interested applicants can scroll down for FAQs or click the Apply Now button to complete and application.

What should I know before applying?

Our Cabin Leaders...

  • Love working with kids and being outside.

  • Are enthusiastic about growing and inspiring campers to grow.

  • See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Miniwanca.

  • Live in our open-air cabins with the campers.

  • Have one day off for every six days worked.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What do we do in staff training?

    During staff training leaders will learn all about the mission, philosophy and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with campers, how to teach activities, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, leaders will be prepared to lead a cabin, teach Interest Group activities, and more.

    What do the living arrangements look like?

    Leaders will live in our open air cabins with their campers. Our cabins have open windows with no screens on them and have flaps that roll down to cover the windows in inclement weather. We suggest leaders bring mosquito netting to cover their twin size bed.

    I have never been to camp before. Is that okay?

    It is not uncommon for leaders to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. Leaders should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca, especially if this is their first time at Miniwanca or at a summer camp in general.

    What does a typical day as a leader look like?

    Leaders will begin and end their day with their cabin, helping the campers prepare for the day and later for bed. In the morning leaders will travel with their campers to a flag raising ceremony, will eat all their meals at a table with their cabin, and will lead a reflective activity with their campers. During the morning and afternoon, leaders will teach 3-4 activities for campers that align with their interests and abilities (Interest Groups), will facilitate a rest hour for their cabin, and will engage with campers during Free Time. After dinner, leaders will engage with the entire camp during a night time activity and will participate in an evening reflection. After helping the campers prepare for bed, leaders will lead their cabin in an activity to close out the day.

    What if I have dietary needs?

    Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is peanut and tree nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.

    I don’t have a car. How do I get to camp?

    Miniwanca will pick up leaders on specific days from local airports and bus stations. If you do not have a car and are interested in using public transportation to get to camp please talk to your supervisor about what options are available to you.

    "My time as a cabin leader has been nothing less than inspiring. I've had the incredible opportunity to support young people as they grow into their best selves and learn to spread their light to those around them." -Shannon Mack, Cabin Leader 2017

    What a summer at Miniwanca looks like: