At-Risk Youth Build Resiliencey in the Wilderness

by Camp Amnicon
Sep 28, 2011

A Great Summer of Wilderness Experiences!

Dear Friends of Amnicon,

Camp can be a powerful and often life changing experience.  Many youth don’t even know what they have been missing until they come for the first time!  They comment on how confident they feel after paddling a whitewater river and how good it feels to be a part of a community – to belong someplace.  They are amazed at how much they can accomplish if they have a positive attitude and work together.  AND they do it all without being plugged in – they make their own music, play together and talk face to face about important things. 

Through the generosity of our donors, we are lucky enough to serve a large percentage of youth who would not normally be able to come to camp because of our campership program.  Teenagers of all ethnicities, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds and life circumstances find a home at Camp Amnicon – a large percentage of youth that often would not make it at other camps - kids with behavioral or mental health issues.  This note from a social worker who attended camp with her group says it well:

“For the last several years, we at the Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH) have been fortunate enough to have a remarkable association with Camp Amnicon and its directors and staff.  Each year we have been offered scholarships provided by Camp Amnicon for many of our foster youth to attend a week of summer camp.  Although PATH makes a contribution towards camp expenses for these youth, it doesn’t come close to the amount required for Camp Amnicon to provide such a great week of fun.

Having been involved with Camp Amnicon for three years now, and having personally attended a week of camp with a group of foster youth, I wanted to write this letter to express gratitude for what this camp experience means to our youth.  During the week that I spent with Amnicon’s two guides and our 6 foster boys, I saw tremendous growth in all of the boys.  They were taught many survival and camping skills, but also life skills such as getting along with one another, working together as a team, learning appropriate communication skills, and finding empathy for each other.  They learned about the environment, nature, birds, fish and animals, canoeing skills, and the importance of caring for others, themselves, and our planet.  Some of our youth have returned over and over to Camp Amnicon, and some are striving to become an Amnicon youth leader one day.

I’d also like to mention the amazing directors, staff, and guides of Camp Amnicon.  How Camp Amnicon manages to find such wonderful, compassionate, patient, fun-loving guides is unbelievable!  Each guide has such an enormous capacity to create a safe, fun, learning environment while also demonstrating an incredible amount of patience for youth who can be extremely difficult at times.  Each year I am so impressed with the new guides who come in, and happy to see many of the same guides return each year.

Camp Amnicon has been a Godsend for many of our foster youth who would otherwise not have the ability to attend a camp during the summer. The adventures they’ve had at Camp Amnicon are so worth the effort it takes to get them up there, and the memories they make are priceless.

Thanks so much, Camp Amnicon!  You’re the BEST!”

-Mary Petersen, LSW, MSW

 PATH Social Worker


You can make a difference!  Would you help Amnicon support over 100 youth with a generous donation towards camperships.

Thank you for all that you do and give to Amnicon and for your generous financial support! 

If you have ideas or comments or know of others who would support our mission, please contact us at or view our website at    


In Christ,

Alana Butler & Simon Gretton

Co-director       Co-director



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Camp Amnicon

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

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