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.
Oct 22, 2015

A safe space for families

Dear Friends,

 

Take a moment to imagine a crackling fire, a star-filled sky and the waves of Lake Superior hitting the shore, as families are coming together to restore, renew, refresh and grow together as a community.

This is the experience you make possible for families like the Jackson’s at family camp .

The Jackson’s have been through a lot in their lives and they had not had many opportunities for quality family time and craved an opportunity to be together away from the distraction and stresses of everyday life.

One mother, Holly told a story about her daughter Destiny’s experience of this beautiful place:

“The very last thing my daughter said to me on the very first night here was ‘Mommy, it’s so beautiful.’ The first thing out of her mouth the next morning was the same thing. And I thought, you can’t pay for that kind of joy and emotion coming from a child.”

 Dylan, Holly’s son, also expressed how this placed opened him up and made him more personable, which paid off with a sense of self confidence and friendship. 

Many marginalized families do not have a safe place to connect with members of their family or feel welcomed to share about their struggles and challenges they face as a family with others. They also do not feel they can relax and be themselves around others when they feel they will be criticized.

The experience your support provides is not only for the inner family experience or for personal growth, you also provide a space for families to learn and grow from each other. You provide a safe, welcoming environment where families can be real, be challenged and be changed.

“I was really touched by the love that families displayed to each other when things didn’t go perfectly. It made me think that we all have a responsibility to humanity, no matter where we come from. We are all on level playing field here.” - Holly

For the three days that the Jackson family was an Amnicon, they were able to view the world around them in a new way and experience people from all walks of life coming together to love each other and grow together. They felt safe and welcomed to be themselves with their family and the families around them.

 Families need your help to experience transformation like the Jackson family has.

          Not only is the cost for the camper to come to camp important, cost for upkeep around Amnicon is also necessary to create that restorative space

          Amnicon is a sacred place that needs your support to continue touching the lives of the people that interact with it. You provide the safe and welcoming space for families to see the beauty of God’s creation around them and in the lives of others.

          Will you consider sharing a special gift to help the Jackson family and other families, campers and retreat guests experience the restorative power of community at Amnicon?

          Your generous gift of whatever size - $25, $50, $100, or $1000 or more – will help each and every camper and guest interact with God’s creation and the people around them.

          With your gift, you will find a priceless sense of satisfaction knowing you are making it possible for families and guests to experience God’s creation and love all around them. Thank you.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

 

Alana Butler

Executive Director

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Jul 15, 2015

When there's a tree in the road...

When there’s a tree in the road… move it.

     Eight girls with their guide were returning from a canoe trip when they came upon a large fallen tree blocking the road. The van was not able to go around or over it. It would be hours before the highway crew could get there.

     So one of the girls – the one who was the most uncooperative early in the trip – offered a suggestion:  “Let’s move this tree.”  Which is exactly what they did. Soon they were back on the road.

     Then the conversation started … about how working together they were able to do far more than they thought possible. What a great learning experience for them.

     They experienced the power of people joining together to make possible what appeared to be impossible.

     Camp Amnicon offers people – especially young people – adventures like this where they learn to trust others, to experience Christian community, and to grow in their Christian faith.

     That’s why young people are drawn to Amnicon and are eagerly awaiting their trips this summer.

     There is a tree in the road for some youth who want to come to camp. In fact, the tree is in the road of every child.

     One thing I never want to happen is for a child to say he or she could not attend camp because they didn’t have enough money to pay the fee.   Not having enough money to afford camp is a tree that blocks a child’s road to camp.

     Did you know that even when a child pays the fee for a week of camp that fee is not the full cost? The full cost is $950. So when a child pays $450, an additional $500 must come as a gift to make the week of camp possible.

     That’s where you come in. Your gift of any amount goes toward keeping the fee within reach of most young people. And youth who cannot afford to pay the fee are helped by your generosity.

     Will you consider giving a generous gift to help “get the tree out of the road” – to help these kids get to camp?

     Just like those young women coming home from the canoe trip joined forces to move that tree, so your gift, no matter what size -- $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1000 or more – will join gifts from other friends to make camp possible for children.

     Summer is here. Young people are on the road to camp. Please do your best to get the tree out of the road… keep the fees within reach … and give full scholarships to those who need it.

     Thank you for joining other friends to do what no one of us can do alone.

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Mar 16, 2015

New Confidence

“I’m trying to express in words how much this trip meant to me, but truly it’s not completely possible to describe it. This trip has brought me so much happiness.”    -Camper Melissa

It’s often hard for us to express in a simple letter how much your support of Camp Amnicon means to kids like Melissa. To put it simply: without your gifts, there would be no wilderness trips like the one she attended last summer, no summer staff to help her build faith and confidence, no place in the Northwoods for her to call ‘home.’

Melissa’s church brought a group of teenage girls to camp. They didn’t know each other well, but they had one thing in common—a tendency to be negative towards themselves. Their guides stepped in right away with a new rule: for every unkind thing each girl said about herself, she had to give herself two genuine compliments.

It worked. Two days into the trip, and the girls were starting to see themselves—and each other—in a new light.   Melissa shared things with the group that she never would have shared at home. She felt safe here. She was real. She was challenged. And she was changed.

Later she said: “We discussed as a group things that were a ‘light’ in our darkness and these trips are mine. These trips remind me of my importance and my place in my faith. I hadn’t known I was on the wrong path until this week, but I feel I’m once again on the right path. I will take home confidence and new friendships.”

 
   

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