At-Risk Youth Build Resiliencey in the Wilderness

by Camp Amnicon
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A camper and their guide bonding
A camper and their guide bonding

The people who come to Amnicon are changed because of you and your support. Youth and families alike experience real community and have an opportunity to be their true selves here. One of our at-risk groups who has been coming every year always has such life-changing experiences because of your support. They are a group from the inner city and do not have many opportunities to be surrounded by God’s creation. They truly embrace the opportunity to be real, be challenged, and be changed through their experiences here.

One of their adult leaders wrote the following about their experience on the Flambeau River:

“Thank you so much for supporting Camp Amnicon! Our Trip down the Flambeau River this week was amazing. At the beginning of the trip, everyone was afraid – of bugs, canoes, the rapids, and sleeping outdoors – but by the end of the week, were all paddling down the rapids with huge smiles on our faces. Camp really gave us an incredible opportunity to try new things and ourselves. We all learned that we are so much more capable than we ever imagined!”

Later, the adult leader went on to say “I think Amnicon is such a valuable experience for everyone – kids and adults alike.”

Because of your support, this group – and all of the groups that come to Amnicon – have the opportunity to learn that they are capable of things they never thought possible and are able to face their fears and grow as a community! Thank you so much for making it all possible!

Peace!

P.S. To hear more stories from campers and get all the updates from Camp, watch for our regular newsletter, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook updates—or stop by for coffee and let us thank you in person next time you’re in the Northwoods!

Paddling down a river.
Paddling down a river.
Hanging out at a campsite
Hanging out at a campsite
Paddling in whitewater rapids! Looks exciting!
Paddling in whitewater rapids! Looks exciting!
Having a blast swimming!
Having a blast swimming!

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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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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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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.

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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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Camp Amnicon

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

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