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Miniwanca, Girls Camp, Summer Camp, Costumes, preventing homesickness

May 8, 2018

7 Do’s and 1 Don’t for Preventing Homesickness

May has arrived with beautiful weather and sunshine here at Miniwanca, and with it comes the reminder that summer camp 2018 begins in less than …

Juniors jump on Lake Michigan beach

April 21, 2018

PICOUP Award

We are thrilled to share with the AYF community that Anna Kay Vorsteg has been awarded the Association for Experiential Education’s 2018 PICOUP Award. Each year, …

April 20, 2018

Remembering Ryan Thomas

We  are saddened to share that longtime camper Ryan Thomas died unexpectedly on April 16, 2018. Ryan spent many summers growing up at Miniwanca, following …

Miniwanca Volunteer Weekend

April 17, 2018

A Moment of Gratitude

Every April, powered by the Points of Light Foundation, some time is set aside for the celebration of National Volunteer Week. It serves as an …

Miniwanca, Summer Camp, Kayaking, Georgian Bay, Wilderness

April 2, 2018

Paying Attention: Four Trails, Four Folds

We don’t matter much, but the children do. Show them daisies and the pale hepatica. Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen . . . Give them …

Sun sets over Lake Michigan at Miniwanca beach

March 30, 2018

Remembering Jean Booker

Jean Booker was a committed educator and fervent advocate for youth. Over her years with the AYF, she was the driving force behind efforts to …

National Leadership Conference Participants perform and scream at Camp Miniwanca

March 26, 2018

NLC: Updating Tradition and Working Towards our Best

By the NLC Team My own self, At my very best, All the time is a moving target. Our best self requires a commitment to …

Merrowvista Voyageur Campers Embrace

March 23, 2018

Enkindled Spirits

In AYF programs we often speak about the power of enkindled spirits; how one enkindled spirit has the power to change the world by sharing …

February 16, 2018

My Own Self, At My Very Best, All the Time…Especially When It’s Hard

By Heather Kiley Vice President, AYF My own self, At my very best, All the time, especially when it’s hard. That’s what we practice in AYF. …

Boys Camp Director Philip James

January 14, 2018

Welcome Boys Camp Director

Leadership is at the heart of Miniwanca’s programs, as outstanding role models provide guidance and inspiration for our campers and staff. This fall we conducted …

Depths of Winter, Miniwanca

December 14, 2017

In the Depths of Winter…

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus Margaret “Gigs” Hoerner is long-time Miniwanca Girl. …

December 6, 2017

Remembering Steve Schrepper

Dear Friends, We write with great sadness to share that Steve Schrepper, Facilities Manager at Miniwanca, passed away on Monday morning from late stage stomach cancer. …

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