WHAT ARE YOU UP TO AT AMNICON THESE DAYS?
We are watching and listening to the awakening spring – the snow is gone, the river is opening, the mud
is ever present, the waves on the lake are crashing, and the birds are singing songs of gratitude. While
we are enjoying the peaceful solitude of our corner of the wilderness, we are missing the folks that
would have been spending their time at camp these days. We have had to cancel several weekend
Lodge retreats this spring and other guests have been unable to spend time at camp.
Our Hermitage cabins are still open for guests coming from the local area (we are discouraging folks
from outside the Twin Ports from coming), as we can provide this opportunity within the guidelines for
proper social distancing and as both hotel/motel services and outdoor recreation are considered
essential activities during Wisconsin’s Safer at Home requirements.
During this sabbatical from on-site guests, we are spending our time planning, preparing, dreaming, and
scheming so we are ready to provide impactful wilderness experiences when we can begin to serve the
Amnicon community on our site once again. We are continually asking the question “How is Amnicon
going to come out of this crisis stronger than we were when it started?” While the concrete answers
each and every day, we know that the biggest answer to this question is that we must fulfill our mission
this year in creative and strategic ways.
Most importantly during this time, we are thinking and praying for you – the volunteers, donors, campers,
alumni, families, ministry leaders, retreaters, hermits, and adventure seekers that make up the Amnicon
community. Peace be with you.
WHEN WILL AMNICON BE BACK UP AND RUNNING?
WHAT WILL ADVENTURE TRIPS AND PROGRAMMING LOOK LIKE THIS SUMMER?
steps to make sure groups stay separate from each other, or it could mean that we are unable to host any groups or guests all summer.
It could also mean that have the opportunities to provide some exciting new opportunities for adventure! We are currently imagining what these opportunities might be with the desire to be helping families and
congregations experience adventure, even if in just some small ways, this summer.
We are not canceling or making any firm changes in plans yet, and we won’t be for a while. We will be attentive to recommendations as our response to the virus progresses and will make these decisions when we feel it is time.
WHAT IF I’M REGISTERED FOR A TRIP OR HAVE RESERVED SPACE FOR A RETREAT AT WE CAN’T COME?
WHAT ABOUT THE SUMMER STAFF?
adventure trips or experiences. We feel that even if our only work this summer is to invest into the lives of about a dozen young adults for their personal growth and leadership development, we will have fulfilled our mission this summer.
Committing to hiring our summer staff also means we have more flexibility in the program and adventure opportunities we are able to provide this summer, and will allow us to get closer to the summer to make these decisions. Again, we will only be bringing our summer staff onsite if it falls within
guidelines of federal, state, and local health officials.
WHAT ABOUT THE MAY VOLUNTEER WORK WEEKEND?
WILL THERE BE OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THIS SPRING/SUMMER?
We hope so! We’ve got some exiting plans and projects for this spring and summer, including two big ones: the construction of a new gathering pavilion near our main site which will hold a large solar panel array on its roof, as well as the re-siding of Alleluia Lodge. Both of these projects, along with many other
smaller projects and tasks, will rely on volunteer labor.