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Waterfront Specialist

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

Our days as a waterfront specialist 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, Waterfront Specialists will work at our Stony Lake and Lake Michigan waterfronts to create a safe and exciting environment for campers from both Boys Camp and Girls Camp. Waterfront Specialists will hone their skills in sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding during staff training, and will teach these skills to campers throughout the summer.

Interested applicants can check out our full job description linked here and scroll down for FAQs.



What should I know before applying?

Our Waterfront Specialists...

  • Love working with kids and being on the water.

  • Are enthusiastic about growing and inspiring campers to grow.

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

  • Are lifeguards.

  • Have some experience in sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

  • Will live in open air cabins.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    I'm not a lifeguard yet, but I want to be a waterfront specialist. What do I do?

    You have a few options. You can choose to take a lifeguard course from a nationally certified company, like the American Red Cross. You can also take the lifeguard certification through us for no charge. We offer this certification annually over the course of the three days directly preceding the normal Waterfront Specialist start date.

    What do we do in staff training?

    Waterfront Specialists will spend many of their days in staff training down at our Stony Lake waterfront setting up for the summer and learning about our systems and boats. 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 food and housing provided?

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

    What do the living arrangements look like?

    Waterfront Specialists will live in our open air cabins with other staff or with campers if they are also acting as cabin leaders. 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 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.

    What a summer at Miniwanca looks like: