Camp Amnicon

Camp Amnicon strives to be a sanctuary to all people who set foot on its beautiful Lake Superior shoreline. Amnicon's ministry empowers today's youth by building community on small group adventure trips for at-risk youth groups. Campers are transformed by a week in the wilderness by learning that they are capable of overcoming challenges. Youth return home with the confidence and support to address the challenges in their home lives after team building in the wilderness at Camp Amnicon.
Jan 22, 2013

A Date with the Largest Lake in the World

Campers gather firewood on Lake Superior
Campers gather firewood on Lake Superior

Dear Friend,

If you’ve ever seen Lake Superior, you know that its scope and beauty can stop a person in their tracks. If you’ve never seen the inland sea known by the Ojibwe as Gitche-Gumee, you’re in the same boat as many Amnicon guests. From the very beginning, it has been Camp Amnicon’s undertaking to “connect the mission of the church and the care of God’s creation” by providing awe-inspiring outdoor experiences—like a date with the largest lake in the world. Through your gift to Camp Amnicon, you’re helping to make that mission possible.

On the first night of their Amnicon experience, summer campers make the almost half-mile trek from the main site to a campfire on the shore of Lake Superior, following a wide and grassy trail. This is where the Amnicon miracle starts—a welcoming circle of warmth and wonder and, for many campers, their first glimpse of the big water. This year, due to disastrous spring storms, a portion of that essential lake trail slid downhill, creating a dangerous edge, and requiring extensive rebuilding. This project and many others, large and small, are funded by your generosity.

When you come to Amnicon and see a well-cared for site, with sturdy buildings, safe infrastructure, and clear trails—all a part of the camp’s ministry of welcome and hospitality—you know that your money is being put to good use. Thank you for your support. Together, we’re living up to Lake Superior, creating a truly Superior experience in Christian community.

In Peace,

Alana Butler

Executive Director, Camp Amnicon

P.S. If you want to see your generosity at work, come visit us! Schedule a stay in a hermitage cabin or just stop in to say hi—and catch a glimpse of Gitche-Gumee while you’re at it. And you can always call with thoughts or questions, or to share your dreams for Camp Amnicon, at 715-364-2602.

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Sep 20, 2012

Campers Give their Thanks

This Adventure 100% Donor Funded
This Adventure 100% Donor Funded

One Friday this summer, twenty campers came back down Camp Amnicon Road just jumping to tell us the stories of their time together in the woods—stories of hard paddles against the wind, success in the rapids, and new friendships made—stories that never would have come to be if it weren’t for you.  These trips were 100% funded by your generous campership donations.  

Thank you for your gift to Camp Amnicon’s campership campaign.  Since my words always feel inadequate to describe the significance of your contribution, I’ll turn the thanking over to some of the campers whose lives you’ve touched.  Here’s what they have to say:

“Thank you.  That’s the least I can say because I had a great time and I couldn’t have experienced it without your donation.  The world needs more people like you that are willing to give instead of receiving.”

“Thank you, Thank you for your kindness…  you created an opportunity for those youths to meet each other, become friends, and work together to experience an incredible, marvelous, challenging, and bonding experience.  ”

“It is people like you who inspire me to do kind things like you have done because this trip has changed me to be a better person.”

You did that.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Peace in Christ,

Alana Butler

Executive Director, Camp Amnicon

 

P.S. I invite you to ‘like’ Camp Amnicon on Facebook to see pictures and stories from the adventures that your generosity made possible! 

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Mar 27, 2012

Give the Gift of Camp to a Kid in Need

Enjoying a Flat Stretch of Water
Enjoying a Flat Stretch of Water

It's that time of year--the weather, the flora and fauna, and all of us are starting to lean hard towards summer.  Here in the office at Camp Amnicon, I'm watching a chilly spring wind whip last year's leaves around the yard while I take reservations for this summer's exciting adventures.  On the wall of the back office is a giant master calendar, with each trip color-coded and each week of our summer season laid out in a grid--and it's starting to fill up!  Our summer will consist of canoe trips of every type, from lake trips in the Sylvania wilderness of upper Michigan to adventure on the high seas of Lake Superior in the Apostle Islands, to a lot of relaxed paddling on the beautiful Namekagon river. The guides we just hired are equally likely to lead a trip of rural girls in foster care as a group of suburban lutherans.  In fact, of the 23 trips on our summer calendar, 13--that's more than half!-- come from some kind of an at-risk background.  We're hosting trips from inner-city churches and neighbhorhood organizations, from Cass Lake reservation, and from foster care agencies.  We're working with first-generation college-bound students and immigrant communities.  And almost half of our trips will need some kind of financial help to make their camp experience a reality. 

When groups come for an Amnicon adventure, they’re equipped with everything they need for a week of camping, and two caring, competent, and well-trained guides.  Campers engage their minds and spirits through a Bible study or secular theme study; they unplug from cell phones and plug into community; they are challenged and changed as they paddle downstream, cook over an open fire, and learn how to live the simple life.  As a guide for three years, I’ve seen incredible things happen on trail; young people open up to each other, glow with pride as they accomplish things they never thought they could, dig deep and find strength in themselves, in their community, and in their faith.

A young person from the projects in Chicago once told us that he had thought summer camp was just on tv, not a real possibility.  At least not for someone like him.  At Camp Amnicon we take this personally.  It is our mission to share the wonder of God’s creation, of caring community, and of self-empowerment with young people from all backgrounds, not just those who can afford it. In almost 50 years of history, Camp Amnicon has never turned away a single camper because they can't afford our price--and we don't plan to!  Funds are tight this year, and to make these powerful experiences possible, we need your support.  Just $400 can provide a campership for a young person who needs what Amnicon has to offer. 

Gathering Firewood
Gathering Firewood
A Quiet Moment
A Quiet Moment
A Camper and Guide
A Camper and Guide

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