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Sep 28, 2011

A Great Summer of Wilderness Experiences!

Dear Friends of Amnicon,

Camp can be a powerful and often life changing experience.  Many youth don’t even know what they have been missing until they come for the first time!  They comment on how confident they feel after paddling a whitewater river and how good it feels to be a part of a community – to belong someplace.  They are amazed at how much they can accomplish if they have a positive attitude and work together.  AND they do it all without being plugged in – they make their own music, play together and talk face to face about important things. 

Through the generosity of our donors, we are lucky enough to serve a large percentage of youth who would not normally be able to come to camp because of our campership program.  Teenagers of all ethnicities, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds and life circumstances find a home at Camp Amnicon – a large percentage of youth that often would not make it at other camps - kids with behavioral or mental health issues.  This note from a social worker who attended camp with her group says it well:

“For the last several years, we at the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH) have been fortunate enough to have a remarkable association with Camp Amnicon and its directors and staff.  Each year we have been offered scholarships provided by Camp Amnicon for many of our foster youth to attend a week of summer camp.  Although PATH makes a contribution towards camp expenses for these youth, it doesn’t come close to the amount required for Camp Amnicon to provide such a great week of fun.

Having been involved with Camp Amnicon for three years now, and having personally attended a week of camp with a group of foster youth, I wanted to write this letter to express gratitude for what this camp experience means to our youth.  During the week that I spent with Amnicon’s two guides and our 6 foster boys, I saw tremendous growth in all of the boys.  They were taught many survival and camping skills, but also life skills such as getting along with one another, working together as a team, learning appropriate communication skills, and finding empathy for each other.  They learned about the environment, nature, birds, fish and animals, canoeing skills, and the importance of caring for others, themselves, and our planet.  Some of our youth have returned over and over to Camp Amnicon, and some are striving to become an Amnicon youth leader one day.

I’d also like to mention the amazing directors, staff, and guides of Camp Amnicon.  How Camp Amnicon manages to find such wonderful, compassionate, patient, fun-loving guides is unbelievable!  Each guide has such an enormous capacity to create a safe, fun, learning environment while also demonstrating an incredible amount of patience for youth who can be extremely difficult at times.  Each year I am so impressed with the new guides who come in, and happy to see many of the same guides return each year.

Camp Amnicon has been a Godsend for many of our foster youth who would otherwise not have the ability to attend a camp during the summer. The adventures they’ve had at Camp Amnicon are so worth the effort it takes to get them up there, and the memories they make are priceless.

Thanks so much, Camp Amnicon!  You’re the BEST!”

-Mary Petersen, LSW, MSW

 PATH Social Worker

 

You can make a difference!  Would you help Amnicon support over 100 youth with a generous donation towards camperships.

Thank you for all that you do and give to Amnicon and for your generous financial support! 

If you have ideas or comments or know of others who would support our mission, please contact us at amnicon@usa.net or view our website at www.amnicon.org    

 

In Christ,

Alana Butler & Simon Gretton

Co-director       Co-director

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May 27, 2011

The 2011 Summer Season is Almost Here

Dear Friends of Amnicon,

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and support of the ministry of this camp and all who come to it, as campers, as staff, as visitors.

Each Spring Camp Amnicon plays host to a great deal of change. With the budding of the trees comes a spirit of joy and excitement for all the wonderful times ahead. Volunteers come from all over the Midwest to help prepare the facility and equipment as the summer staff gather all of their energy to prepare for the coming months. There is something truly electrifying about a the spring time at Camp Amnnicon. 

All of this excitment is thanks to the many people who have taken the time to make sure that every person who has come to Camp Amncion leaves with the knowledge that they are loved and valued. This is what Camp Amnicon is for, connecting youth and adults to creation, themselves and each other. 

Because of your ongoing support, Amnicon continues to make new connections as well as supporting valued relationships with non-profits organizations, churches, and individuals. Many of members of the groups that come to Amnicon would not be able to afford their experience without the loving support and financial contributions of caring donors like you. Be assured your donation fosters profound differences in the lives of our individual campers as well as the larger communities where they will return.

Thank you again for your generous support!

In Christ,

Alana Butler & Simon Gretton

Co-director       Co-director

 

8450 E Camp Amnicon Rd 

South Range, Wi 54874

Jan 24, 2011

New Years Reflections on the People of Camp Amnicon

Dear Friends of Amnicon,

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and support of the ministry of this camp and all who come to it, as campers, as staff, as visitors.

Camp Amnicon is people. So many individuals from incredibly diverse walks of life come together to connect with each other, creation, and deeper into themselves. Campers and retreat guests are cared for by wonderful staff. The staff is here due to the compassionate giving of all our donors. And it is all connected by the loving work of volunteers and our board members. The effort of hundreds of people contribute greatly to make each young person that experiences a summer trip feel that they truly are lovable and capable (many for the first time). 

The New Year is proving to be full of joys and challenges. The summer calendar is filling up and we are on our way to meeting the goal of hosting over 40 wilderness trips this summer. More volunteers than ever have expressed a desire and a commitment to give of their time and talents. Excited college aged students are beginning the process of applying for positions as Guides and Support Staff, and generous people form across the world are coming together to show their financial support. The people of Amnicon, connecting in ways no one could have expected to provide life changing experiences for those most in need.

Because of your ongoing support, Amnicon continues to make new connections as well as supporting valued relationships with non-profits organizations, churches, and individuals. Many of members of the groups that come to Amnicon would not be able to afford their experience without the loving support and financial contributions of caring donors like you. Be assured your donation fosters profound differences in the lives of our individual campers as well as the larger communities where they will return.

Thank you again for your generous support!

In Christ,

Alana Butler & Simon Gretton

Co-director       Co-director

 

8450 E Camp Amnicon Rd 

South Range, Wi 54874

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Oct 21, 2010

Looking back on Summer, Planning ahead.

Dear Friends of Amnicon,

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and support of the ministry of this camp and all who come to it, as campers, as staff, as visitors.

Camp is a quiet place this time of year. The trees are bare and the cold winter is slowly creeping in. But from time to time we are joined by retreat and hermitage guests that bring more warmth and energy than we know what to do with! Fall at Amnicon is a wonderful site to behold.

The transition from our summer program to the retreat season has gone smoothly and now we are blessed to look back on the lives we have touched throughout the busy tripping season. Through the thoughtful giving of people like you, we were able to use campership funds to help over 100 young people see the image of God through wilderness experiences. For many this was their first opportunity to feel like a loved and valued member of a community.

As we look ahead to to the coming seasons the need for enriching the lives of the impoverished becomes strikingly evident. Camp Amnicon is host to a number of retreats for the homeless or those that are considered "at-risk". Providing large healthy meals, an environment of care and bellies full of laughter. A brief respite that makes a lasting difference in so many lives.

Because of your ongoing support, Amnicon continues to make new collaborations as well as maintain consistent relationships over many years. Many of those from these groups would not be able to afford an experience at Amnicon without the loving support and financial contributions of caring donors like you. Be assured your donation fosters profound differences in the lives of our individual campers as well as the larger communities where they will return.

Thank you again for your generous support!

In Christ,

Alana Butler & Simon Gretton

Co-director       Co-director

Links:

Aug 2, 2010

Amnicon's Summer 2010 Updates

Nature Discoveries Happen at Amnicon
Nature Discoveries Happen at Amnicon

Dear Friends of Amnicon,

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers and support of the ministry of this camp and all who come to it, as campers, as staff, as visitors.

We are now in the midst of our 2010 summer season! Every week, excited church and at-risk groups from across the state arrive at camp and are greeted with open arms by our summer guides. Adizokan Village, the newest ministry at Amnicon, is receiving its final preparations before its first groups arrive. A bear box, fire ring and water station have been added to the rustic family and group camp to help those who come feel taken care of.

You, as our invaluable friends and donors, are an integral part of making sure that all our youth, from all backgrounds, feel welcome here, as one camper has already shared this summer:

“I just wanted to take the time to say thank you. I’ve never been here before and already I feel like I’ve always come here. I feel like if ever things get tough for me I can close my eyes and remember this moment, how things are right now. You’ve made me feel so at home.”

Because of your ongoing support, Amnicon continues to make new collaborations with youth programs as well as maintain consistent relationships over many years. Many of the youth from these groups would not be able to afford an experience at Amnicon without the loving support and financial contributions of caring donors like you. Be assured your donation fosters profound differences in the lives of our individual campers as well as the larger communities where they will return.

Thank you again for your generous support!

In Christ,

Alana Butler Simon Gretton Co-director Co-director

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Camp Amnicon

South Range, WI, United States
http://www.amnicon.org/

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Bethany Ringdal

Associate Director
South Range, WI United States

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