What We Do

Camp Amnicon is a wilderness adventure camp that offers year-round wilderness trips, retreats, and hermitage. We are located on the south shore of Lake Superior, about a half-hour east of Duluth, MN. We are affiliated with the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America).

For over 50 years, our role in Christ’s mission has been to offer transformative experiences of adventure and community on the shores of Lake Superior. We seek to provide opportunities to be real about who we are and be challenged to discover who we could be together—and in so doing, be changed to create room for Christ to bridge the gap.

Outreach

We extend Christ’s welcome to all—especially those who have been left out or left behind. Every year, many of Amnicon’s campers come from “at-risk” settings, including the inner-city and foster care agencies. We find that the kids who most need to get in the woods are often the least likely to have that opportunity. In practical terms, extending Christ’s welcome to all means that we provide scholarship funds to anybody that has need.

Providing safe and quality wilderness experiences is an expensive endeavor. It costs the camp $950 to bring each camper to Amnicon, but even kids whose families are able to pay the full fee are only charged about half of that. We rely on donors to make up the difference and keep camp accessible. We’re not willing to see money (or the lack of it) get between kids and the chance to experience the wilderness. Will you help support us?

Creation Care

Camp Amnicon’s retreat center and hermitage cabins at our main site are open all year. Our retreat center provides a beautiful and comfortable setting to play, work, or connect with your group. Two hermitage cabins are a place for individuals or couples to come away for prayer, silence, and a space of your own. Consider joining us for retreat here at Camp Amnicon, surrounded by 800 pristine acres of God’s beautiful creation!

Amnicon’s wilderness trips take place on rivers, lakes, and trails all over Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Before each group of kids gets into their canoes (or puts on their hiking boots!) for a week-long Amnicon adventure, they learn about the ‘seven-generation principle.’ Many Native American communities strive to protect land in its pristine state by thinking seven generations into the future in their decisions. Campers are challenged to think the same way during their trip.

We are proud to be a seven-generation organization, seeking sustainability in our community, our programming, our finances, and our relationship with the land. In 2014, the Camp Amnicon board of directors took a big step towards seven-generation sustainability by signing a historic conservation easement.

The easement legally protects 500 acres of Camp property as habitat in perpetuity, including a half-mile of wild Lake Superior shoreline and two miles along the Amnicon River. Protecting the Amnicon wetlands means protecting the fragile ecosystem of Lake Superior, and preserving the land for generations of youth to come is one more way to serve them with Christ’s love.

The Western Wisconsin Land Trust holds the easement on Camp Amnicon, and as an added bonus, the property will become a migratory bird research area through the Wisconsin Stopover Initiative. Bird experts say that Amnicon’s waterfront forest may be an especially important habitat component for neo-tropical migratory birds that summer in northern forests and winter in South America.

Many thanks are due to the Western Wisconsin Land Trust, Enbridge Energy, and the Amnicon Board of Directors for their work on this project, but the biggest thanks belong to you, the supporters and friends who sustain this ministry for the generations to come.

Community

Since Christian community is such a vital part of our mission of providing the opportunity for all God’s children to enjoy God’s creation, we live it at every level of our ministry. Our full-time staff all live on-site at Camp, praying with and caring for one another as we work to support our shared ministry.

In the summer, our staff community grows as we are joined by summer staff: wilderness guides and support staff. These young adult staff learn from the example of their leaders to live together with care, authenticity, and a commitment towards God’s kingdom.

Because they are already living it, our guides are able to share the experience of Christian community with their campers. Over the course of just one week in the wilderness together, we see the body of Christ come to vibrant life in many groups as they get real about the big questions of faith, face challenge together, and learn to value each member. As these groups take their experiences home, they empower their churches, organizations, and ultimately the whole body of Christ to be real, be challenged, and be changed.

Community isn’t just for campers. This work is supported by what we call “the Amnicon Community”–the donors and volunteers who make this mission possible. Many members stay connected to the camp throughout the year through newsletters, volunteer events, and gatherings around the region. You can meet some members of the Amnicon community through their testimonials and join them in supporting us.

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