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.
May 24, 2013

Toby's Experience Was Priceless...

Toby’s experience at Amnicon was priceless….

Dear Friend of Camp Amnicon:

When Toby came to Camp, he was cold and detached.  He stood with his arms folded and his mouth closed during the opening campfire, refusing to participate. 

His guide knew that something was wrong. During the star-lit walk back to camp, the guide hung back to ask: what’s wrong

This young teenager was haunted by personal tragedy. He had witnessed death and conflict in his family… carried anger towards absent parents… and felt very alone in the world.  He had few friends and no outlets for his grief, fear, and loneliness. 

Frankly, he was ready to give up on life.  This was a child on the margins. 

But he insisted that he wanted to participate in this experience. Already he trusted his guides to help and care for him during his week at camp.

Toby thrived.  As the group paddled from site to site on the Namekagon River, he began to connect. His guides watched with proud pleasure as Toby talked and laughed with his peers. 

Toby was a large guy; during swim-time the younger kids would throng around to play with him.  He was respected.  He had something to offer.  He was not an outsider here.

A week at Camp Amnicon did not change the circumstances of Toby’s life.  He still went home to absent parents and a life of difficulty.  He still struggles with pain and sadness. 

The miracle of Toby’s camp experience was that, for one week he cast off the label of ‘troubled kid’ to laugh, learn, and experience the healing power of Christ in community.

That’s what he took home – the awareness that the Lord is always with him and that there are people who care about him and value him.

Yes, Toby’s experience was priceless… but it wasn’t cheap.                                                                                                

It cost about $700 for us to share this miracle with Toby. That’s the full cost of one week of camp for every child who attends. Some of the young people are able to pay the fee of $400. Others can pay only a portion of that fee. And youth like Toby cannot afford to pay anything.

That’s why your help is so vitally important. Fees charged do not cover the whole cost of camp.

For summer 2013, Camp Amnicon has pledged to bring 87 kids like Toby, and some of their families as well, to the shore of Lake Superior to experience the gifts God has for them in Christ.

And there will be another 331 kids who will not need full camperships but do rely on gifts to keep the fee within their reach.

Will you consider sharing a special gift today to help Toby and other young people experience the love of Christ at Camp Amnicon this summer?

Your gift of $700 will provide the entire cost of one child for one week… $400 will supply the fee of one child… and $300 will supply the difference between fee and cost for one child.

 

Be assured that whatever size gift you give – $25, $50, $100 or $1000 or more – your generosity will help each and every child who comes to camp.

           In your giving you will find a priceless sense of satisfaction knowing you are bringing the love of God in Christ to children. Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Alana Butler

Executive Director                               

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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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