Day campers celebrated in new Steel Wolf program

  Last summer, day campers, counselors and directors gathered around a campfire each week to share stories about wolves and leadership. While mostly fictitious lore, the stories represented a set of values that emboldened the Day Camp program this summer.  Through a new accolade program called “Steel Wolf,” day campers were celebrated for possessing up […]

YMCA Camp Minikani celebrates opening of Tom’s Treehouse

Camper-centric counseling is a 99-year-old legacy at YMCA Camp Minikani. This summer, a grand treehouse along the shores of Mud Lake will continue this very legacy—in the name of one exceptional mentor. Tom’s Treehouse will be a space where children are provided agency to be their best selves, while also learning social and emotional skills […]

Becoming our best selves: The Raggers and Bear Claw programs

By: Peter Drews Every summer, campers open the door to the cabin that will be their home for a week or two and are met with endless new stimuli: new friends, new counselors, new smells, new traditions. The list feels infinite. Among these novel experiences are what look like kerchiefs hanging from their counselor’s bed. […]

Facilitating friendships through thoughtful cabin placements

The camper’s mind races leading up to the first day of camp. Among these thoughts is a question that has been kernel to the Minikani experience for almost 100 years: “Which cabin will I be in?” As you and your camper head to camp, the anticipation increases. Thoughts seem to flood in these moments, so […]

The role of the counselor in a camper-centric program

By: Rachael Shaff YMCA Camp Minikani counselors are known for their energy, enthusiasm and ability to inspire campers’ best selves. If you ask any counselor why they are passionate about camp, one truth rings through: When they were a camper at Minikani, a counselor inspired them to be themselves, unabashedly. Minikani counseling staff—figuratively and sometimes […]