YMCA CAMP MINIKANI



fun is just the beginning

By sending your child to Overnight Camp, you are providing them an experience far more meaningful than pure fun. During your child’s session, they will be challenged to make an effort; meet new people; take action; and use their mind, body and heart to its full potential. Your child’s counselor, who was once a camper at Minikani, will help them navigate new experiences that may not always be comfortable. They will likely interact with someone who is different. They might try to scale the climbing wall for the first time. Or maybe, they will find it nerve-wracking to sleep away from home on their first night. Throughout these unfamiliar experiences, your child will be safe, supported, challenged and inspired by their counselor. In turn, the Overnight Camp experience will ask that they:

  • Be a kind member of a cabin with eight campers and two counselors
  • Enjoy cabin sleeping and tent camp outs
  • Follow a daily schedule and choose how they spend supervised free time
  • Maneuver rustic, sometimes steep natural surroundings while supervised
  • Be reasonably responsible for personal care, health and safety
  • Understand and engage in group activities
  • Participate in songs, campfires, family-style meals and cheers that build a strong sense of community
  • Contribute positively to the community of Minikani

Prepare for Overnight Camp



Traditional Overnight Camp

Ages 8-13

Our traditional overnight program fosters exploration and independence. In one-or two-week sessions, campers forge lasting bonds with cabinmates and counselors while learning new skills and participating in tradition-rich activities.

DATES

Session 1: June 16 – 29
Session 1A: June 16 – 22
Session 1B: June 23 – 29
Minisession*: June 30 – July 3
Session 2: July 7 – 20
Session 2A: July 7 – 13
Session 2B: July 14 – 20
Session 3: July 21 – Aug. 3
Session 3A: July 21 – 27
Session 3B: July 28 – Aug. 3
Session 4: Aug. 4 – 17
Session 4A: Aug. 4 – 10
Session 4B: Aug. 11 – 17

*Minisession is for 7- to 12-year-old campers

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EXPLORERS

Ages 13-14

During their first week, Explorers learn wilderness and trip-planning skills taught by well-trained counselors and directors at Minikani. The entire group, including counselors and directors, then travel to Rhinelander to backpack, tent camp and canoe down the Wisconsin River.

Campers must be 13 by June 15 of the year the camp occurs. Explorers or Master Explorers satisfy pre-requisites for the Leadership Training program. Explorers are not allowed to place cabin requests, because a fundamental aspect of the Explorer program is independence. We challenge our Explorers to expand their comfort zone.

DATES

Session 1 Explorers: June 16 – 29
Session 2 Explorers: July 7 – 20
Session 3 Explorers: July 21 – Aug. 3
Session 3B Explorers: July 28 – Aug. 10
Session 4 Explorers: Aug. 4 – 17

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MASTER EXPLORERS

Ages 14-15

Master Explorers, similar to Explorers, spend their first week at camp in preparation for their second-week trip. Master Explorers travel to base camp in Bayfield, Wisconsin. From there, campers will kayak on Lake Superior and explore the Apostle Islands and its wildlife trails, rustic light houses and sandstone cliffs. Campers are accompanied by trained staff and a professional outfitter who safely guides the adventure. Spaces fill quickly for this popular program.

Campers must be 14 by June 15 of the year the camp occurs. Explorers or Master Explorers satisfy pre-requisites for the Leadership Training program. Explorers are not allowed to place cabin requests, because a fundamental aspect of the Explorer program is independence. We challenge our Explorers to expand their comfort zone.

DATES

Session 1B: June 23 – July 6
Session 2B: July 14 – 27

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EXPEDITION TRIP

Ages 15-17

Campers and counselors fly from Milwaukee to Denver for a two-week hiking and rafting exploration of the Rocky Mountains. While there, campers and staff work closely with the staff at YMCA Camp Chief Ouray to safely outfit and accompany the adventures.

Campers need to be able to participate in two weeks of strenuous activity, such as hiking and rafting. Program is limited to 10 campers. Please call the camp office for more details and registration.

DATES

Session 2 Expedition: July 7 – 20

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Beginner Equestrian Overnight Camp

Ages 8-12

Our beginner riding camp fosters responsibility and compassion through hands-on, play-based equestrian instruction. Counselors guide campers by modeling patience and passion. Beginner campers and their counselors work closely together by being together for all aspects of the experience and by encouraging and supporting one another to meet personal horseback riding goals. As a result, campers forge strong bonds among one another and make lasting camp memories.

DATES

Session 1A: June 16 – 22
Session 1B: June 23 – 29
Minisession: June 30 – July 3
Session 3B: July 28 – Aug. 3

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fireside riders equestrian overnight camp

Ages 8-12

Fireside riders, a hybrid between traditional and equestrian overnight camp, fosters responsibility and compassion through hands-on, play-based equestrian instruction. Counselors guide campers by modeling patience and passion. Beginner campers and their counselors work closely together by being together for all aspects of the experience and by encouraging and supporting one another to meet personal horseback riding goals. As a result, campers forge strong bonds among one another and make lasting camp memories. Campers spend half the day in equestrian programming and the other half in traditional camp activities.

DATES

Session 4A: Aug. 4 – 10
Session 4B: Aug. 11 – 17

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Intermediate equestrian overnight camp

Ages 8-12

Intermediate campers develop initiative and resilience by working towards more advanced riding goals such as cantering, crossing rails or even jumping. Counselors help campers navigate the learning process with their positive encouragement, enthusiasm and creativity. Intermediate campers and their counselors work closely together—both by being together for all aspects of the experience and by supporting one another in meeting personal goals.

DATES

Minisession: June 30 – July 3
Session 2A: July 7 – 13
Session 2B: July 14 – 20
Session 3B: July 28 – Aug. 3

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Western Week Equestrian Overnight Camp

Ages 8-12

In this program, campers develop confidence in their riding ability through learning a more casual and relaxed style founded in the American west. Counselors and campers forge lasting bonds by working closely together on western techniques and having fun as a cabin outside of lessons.

DATES

Session 3A: July 21 – 27

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ADVANCED EQUESTRIAN

Ages 11-13

Advanced riders spend their day learning techniques in cross country, stadium jumping and dressage. Alongside seasoned instructors and counselors, your child will experience the thrill of eventing while riding in open spaces and over natural obstacles. Riders must demonstrate ability to walk, trot and canter in order to participate in Advanced Equestrian Camp. Jumping experience is preferred. Please contact Emily Lundquist at elundquist@ymcamke.org for more information. Minikani provides equestrian body protectors for no additional charge.

DATES

Session 4A: Aug. 4 – 10

Equestrian Explorers

Ages 13-15

Equestrian Explorers learn important horseback riding and outdoor skills while forging new friendships during their first week at YMCA Camp Minikani. The second week, Equestrian Explorers and trained staff venture to the beautiful Northern Kettle Moraine, where they camp with the horses, trail ride, hike and enjoy the area lakes. Riders must be proficient in walk and trot in an open setting in order to participate in Equestrian Explorers.

Campers must be 13 by June 15 of the year the camp occurs. Equestrian Explorers meets a pre-requisite for the Equestrian Leadership (junior counselor) program. Explorers are not allowed to place cabin requests, because a fundamental aspect of the Explorer program is independence. We challenge our Explorers to expand their comfort zone.

DATES

Session 1: June 16 – 29
Session 3: July 21 – Aug. 3

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