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.
Jun 30, 2016

Be Real, Be Challenged, Be Changed at Camp Amnicon

Dear Friend of Amnicon,

     An Amnicon staff member, Adam, recently reported a comment he heard at a campus ministry fair. Upon seeing that Adam was wearing an Amnicon ChiRho, Erik engaged Adam in conversation about his experience at Amnicon. He ended the conversation by saying “If I hadn’t gone to Camp Amnicon, I wouldn’t have come to college.”

     His life had been changed like many Amnicon campers over the last 50 years of ministry.

     I wondered what kind of home life Erik had. I have a pretty good idea of what it could be like since I know something of his neighborhood.

     His home life could have been one of poverty, where money is in short supply. Or where parents are so stressed out they have little time nor inclination to give him the loving attention and support he needs. Or where peer pressure at school and on the streets is luring him into trouble.

     Many of the kids who come to Amnicon are “at-risk” kids which means they are at risk of not making it into a thriving adulthood. They risk failing to finish school. They risk making poor decisions which will haunt them the rest of their lives.

     For many of them they truly do not know anything different than what they grew up with.

     What is it about the Amnicon experience that would lead a young person to change paths in life so dramatically?

     The answer to this question is clear because I know what happens on our trips. The young people are in unfamiliar surroundings, on a challenging and fun adventure, with a feeling of belonging to God, creation, and those around them.

     Erik experienced this caring community, developed confidence in himself and a connection to God and creation that led him to feel capable to do more than he could have ever imagined possible.

     Amnicon’s trips are adventures for young people – adventures on the rivers, on Lake Superior, and most of all, adventures in their spiritual journeys.

     This summer I anticipate 70 more youth than last summer. That’s great… but it also means an additional $50,000 in gifts to the annual fund will be needed to cover the cost of serving these kids.

     Did you know that every child who attends Amnicon receives campership help – that is, help in covering the cost of a week of camp?

     The full cost of a week at camp is $950 per child. The fee charged is $450, so that means gifts of $500 are needed for every fee paid. And there are many children who simply cannot afford to pay much at all, if anything, toward the fee.

     That’s why I’m writing you today. Will you help a young person come to Amnicon this summer by sharing a generous gift to the Annual Fund?

     Your gift of $950 will cover the cost of one child… $500 will join with the fee a child pays… and every size gift – $25, $50, 100 or more -- will make it possible for children to have adventures that save their lives.

     Make out your check to Amnicon. Complete the response card and mail your tax-deductible gift today. Or you can give on-line by going to amnicon.org/donate.

     Young people – many of whom are at-risk – will be coming to Amnicon this summer looking for the opportunity to be real, be challenged, and be changed for a life of new possibilities. Thanks for helping them.

     Sincerely,

     Alana Butler, Executive Director

P.S.    Please do your best to provide support for youth at-risk. Give as generously as you can today. You will find great satisfaction knowing you’re helping a young person find hope for the future.  Thank you.

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Apr 7, 2016

"This trip saved my life"

Part of the Family
Part of the Family

When I read these words, written by Duane, a young boy who came back from one of Amnicon’s canoe trips, questions came to my mind.

I wondered what kind of home life he has. I have a pretty good idea of what it could be like since I know something of his neighborhood.

His home life could be one of poverty, where money is in short supply. Or where parents are so stressed out they have little time nor inclination to give him the loving attention he needs. Or where peer pressure at school and on the streets is luring him into trouble.

Many of the kids to come to Amnicon are “at-risk” kids which means they are at risk of not making it into a fulfilling adulthood. They risk failing to finish school. They risk making poor decisions which will haunt them rest of their lives.

For many of them they truly do need to be saved from this kind of home life. Another question I asked myself was, “What is it about the Amnicon trips that would lead a young person to say it saved his life”?

The answer to this question is clear because I know what happens on our trips. The young people are in new surroundings, on a fun adventure, surrounded by caring Christian people.

Duane experienced this caring community because he also wrote, “I got to share my thoughts with people… and grow a family.”

Amnicon’s trips are adventures for young people – adventures on the rivers, on Lake Superior, and most of all, adventures in their spiritual journeys.

This summer I anticipate 70 more youth than last summer. That’s great… but it also means an additional $50,000 in gifts to the annual fund will be needed to cover the cost of serving these kids.

Did you know that every child who attends Amnicon receives campership help – that is, help in covering the cost of a week of camp?

The full cost is $950 per child per week. The fee charged is $450 so that means gifts of $500 are needed for every fee paid. And there are many children who simply cannot afford to pay much at all, if anything, toward the fee.

That’s why I’m writing you today. Will you help a young person come to Amnicon this summer by sharing a generous gift to the Annual Fund?

Your gift of $950 will cover the cost of one child… $500 will join with the fee a child pays… and every size gift – $25, $50, 100 or more -- will make it possible for children to have adventures that save their lives.

Young people – many of whom are at-risk – will be coming to Amnicon this summer looking for the opportunity to get a new lease on life. Thanks for helping them.

Sincerely,

Alana Butler, Executive Director

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Feb 16, 2016

Leaders are Formed Because of You!

Marissa is an impressive women. She is a minority living in the innercity where opportunities can be hard to come by. Amnicon has become a place for her to grow and learn more about herself. She has been coming to Amnicon for five years, two of which she was a student leader for the middle school girls. She has learned to step out of her comfort zone and become a leader for the girls in her group.

Marissa said the following to her guide one night,

"I've learned how valuable a positive attitude can be and how far optimism can go – and seeing how amazing it is when people sacrifice for each other. I don't like spiders and I am often scared of the rapids, but I know that I am safe here and when I show the girls that I am strong and can face my fears, it gives them courage to face their fears, too."

These are the leaders that Amnicon helps produce - leaders that help others grow and learn from their experiences.

"There is always a really honest, welcoming atmosphere here that makes camp just that much better." - Marissa

This is the environment that is possible because of your support of Amnicon. This is the atmosphere that creates great leaders who will go home and be leaders for change in their community.

Because of you, we were able to reach our year end goal of $5,400 so leaders can be formed.

Thank you!

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