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Program Area Specialists

Miniwanca Specialists are responsible, enthusiastic, and camper-focused youth development professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Our days as specialists 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.

Program Area Specialists work to create a safe and exciting environment for campers from both Boys Camp and Girls Camp. There are several different specialist positions available throughout both camps: Craft House Specialist, Woodshop Specialist, and Challenge Course Specialist. In each program area, specialists will work to create an experience that helps campers learn and grow. Campers will learn and practice new skills under the care of the specialists.

If you’re interested, click the Apply Now button below or scroll down for more information, FAQs, and photos.



What should I know before applying?

In all of these positions, specialists typically:

• 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do we do in staff training?

Specialists will spend many of their days in staff training in their program area preparing for the summer and learning about our systems. They will also 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, how to keep campers safe at the waterfront, and will work to build our positive community.

Is housing and food provided?

Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.

What do the housing arrangements look like?

Specialists will live in our open air cabins with other staff members. 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 staff bring mosquito netting to cover their twin size bed.

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

It is not uncommon for staff members to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. First time staff members should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca.

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.

A summer at Miniwanca looks like: