bonding through shared memories

YMCA Camp Minikani’s Family Camps are retreat-style weekends where you can spend family time in a peaceful, natural setting. We cook the food, plan the activities and the best part – we clean! All you have to do is relax and enjoy your time together. Whether you come with your children, grandchildren or the whole family, we promise a weekend you’ll cherish forever!


Memorial Day Family Camp

May 22-25

Join us for a unique family vacation this Memorial Day Weekend. Spend four days and three nights on 150 acres of pristine wildlife along the shores of Amy Belle Lake. Camp Minikani provides a variety of activities that excite all ages. Some activities are just for adults, while others are specifically for children. However, most activities are for everyone! The best part is that activities are supervised by YMCA Camp Minikani staff, and you can come and go as you please. Let Camp Minikani do the cooking, cleaning and planning. You just need to bring the family and have fun!
Please contact us for more information.

2020 Registration Form

Sample daily schedule
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Morning activities (pool, boating, archery, etc.)
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Afternoon activities (tie-dying, capture the flag, water trampoline, etc.)
5:30 p.m. Supper
8:30 p.m. Evening program (campfire, BINGO, skit night, etc.)

Adoptive Family Weekend

Aug 31 – Sept 2

Get cozy around a campfire and spend some time bonding with other families just like yours! Your family is invited to join both domestic and international adoptive families at YMCA Camp Minikani for an informative, fun-filled weekend! Hear from our guest speakers; participate in our adoption panel and discussion groups. Meanwhile, child attendees participate in fun activities and games with our adult adoptee volunteers and Minikani staff. Other family-oriented activities are also included such as the Family Olympics, archery, boating and high ropes and rock wall courses.

Register Now! Click on the Register now button to the right! New families can create an account. If you attended in 2018, you already have an account, and can reset your password using the reset password link under the login box. Feel free to call the office if you aren’t sure what email address we have on file for you.

For additional information, please contact Eli Fyksen at efyksen@ymcamke.org or Carmen Knight at adoptivefamilyweekend@gmail.com.

Adoptive family weekend is brought to you by YMCA Camp Minikani in conjunction with Carmen Knight and The Cradle, an adoption agency in Illinois.