At-Risk Youth Build Resiliencey in the Wilderness

by Camp Amnicon
Vetted

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.

Links:

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

Links:

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.

Links:

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

Links:

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.

Links:

 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Camp Amnicon

Location: South Range, WI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.amnicon.org/​
Project Leader:
Leah Damon
Development Coordinator
South Range, WI United States

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.