Amnicon Volunteer Corps FAQs

Amnicon is not just a camp—it is, in the words of one camper, “a safe place to thrive.” In the summer months Amnicon provides life-enriching high adventure canoe and backpacking trips around the Northland. And we are committed to providing this powerful opportunity to those most in need—almost 50% of Amnicon’s campers come from “at-risk” settings, including the inner-city and foster care agencies. During the fall, winter, and spring, Amnicon’s year-round staff community hosts group and individual retreats and prepares for the next season of summer ministry.
Yes! Volunteers live on site and receive room and board, along with a small monthly stipend for personal costs and access to a health-care fund. Amnicon takes care of your basic needs so that you can follow your passion for service!
The day to day work at camp is diverse, and includes everything from preparing for and hosting retreats to writing newsletters and planning events. AVC tasks are likely to include housekeeping and retreat hosting duties. Other tasks will be split up among the staff community according to skills and interest. Amnicon Volunteer Corps members are invited to spend a portion of their time on a project of their own choosing to benefit the camp.

AVC is a wonderful program—but it’s not right for everyone, and not everyone is right for it! Consider the following qualities we’re seeking.

  • Independent—the staff is small; all staff must be self-motivated and able to work and problem-solve well without direct supervision. It also takes a certain kind of independent spirit to thrive away from the bustle of town!

  • Hard-working—there is always more work than there are hours to do it in! Some days we will work long and hard, but we always try to make up for it later.

  • Flexible—The work is constantly changing. An AVC member can expect to do anything from basic housekeeping to welcoming guests to planning events to helping in the office. Work hours aren’t set in stone, and will change according to the camp schedule and tasks on hand. Plans and conditions can change quickly; problem-solving skills are a must!

  • Personality—Life at Amnicon is simple and rustic—for example, staff cabins don’t have running water, and it is a 30 minute drive to town. Some people thrive in the relative simplicity and isolation of the North-woods; others get lonely or bored. Some things the Amnicon community does for fun: read and discuss books together; cook and eat good food; hike, paddle, and ski Amnicon’s 800 acres; make crafts; play music; play games; enjoy quiet time. What will you add?

If you’re interested in joining the AVC, contact the camp through our online form or call us at (715)364-2602. We’re looking forward to meeting you!