Voyageur is a 5 week trip that takes rising 11th graders on a true wilderness adventure: sea-kayaking in the Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada.
Campers spend the first week within Boys Camp or Girls Camp, developing their kayaking skills on Stony Lake and Lake Michigan before journeying to open water for an adventure around the islands of the beautiful Georgian Bay.
After completing their trail experience, Voyageurs rejoin camp, where they are welcomed by the entire community, cheering on their incredible accomplishment. Voyageurs conclude their experience by delivering a community wide message at Flag Raising or Evening Reflection, sharing insights they gathered during their journey.
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Entering grade 11
5 week: July 1 – August 3 ($6,200)
Though there are no hard and fast requirements, Four Trails campers must be in good physical condition and prepared for an experience in the outdoors. Beyond that, a positive attitude and a sense of adventure are the only things necessary to join the Four Trails program. You can review recommended exercise routines in the program handbook under the ‘Resources’ section of this page. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Miniwanca is fully accredited by the American Camp Association and meet or exceed state health requirements and industry safety standards in both our in-camp and adventure trip programs. American Red Cross standards guide our waterfront activities. We have a team of committed, on-site health professionals, staffing multiple fully equipped health centers, with the nearest hospital just 12 miles away. Miniwanca campers are supervised throughout the day and maintain a 1:6 staff to camper ratio so that we can provide a fun, safe summer for our campers.
We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. We value each camper’s right to fully experience Miniwanca free from prejudice and harassment. All of our staff members are trained to supervise children and to prevent and address incidents of conflict or bullying based on any aspect of a person’s identity, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
Staff members strive to be excellent role models by adhering to the camp motto, My own self, At my very best, All the time. Our senior staff members are caring professionals who work with children year-round in camp, school programs and conferences.
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Fact the First: WTF Is Keratin Straightening? This TF Is Keratin Straightening Your hair is made of keratin, so a keratin treatment pretty much consists of marinating yourself in even more of the stuff until it sticks (heat helps this process). It smooths out the surface of follicles and, depending on how much you use, releases curls, takes out waves, etc. It makes hair shinier and helps prevent breakage, too. It's not cheap—salons can charge anywhere from $200–$600—and it's tricky. So don't grab the first Groupon you see.Fact the First: WTF Is Keratin Straightening? This TF Is Keratin Straightening
Fact 2: Keratin Treatments, Unlike Face Tattoos, Aren't Permanent Keratin washes out eventually. Most treatments last about eight weeks, but it could be up to six months. Obviously, this is something you want to ask about beforehand unless you enjoy literally any kind of surprise, even like “Surprise! Your hair is straight for half a year!”Fact 2: Keratin Treatments, Unlike Face Tattoos, Aren't Permanent
Fact 3: Keratin Straighteners Shouldn't Be Carcinogenic If you're freaked out by the low level of formaldehyde that's produced during classic keratin treatments, be direct when you make your appointment and say you'll only accept formaldehyde-free services (there are a lot of new options). “Not only is it a more pleasant olfactory experience, it's also safer for your skin and eyes!” Pena says.Fact 3: Keratin Straighteners Shouldn't Be Carcinogenic
Fact 4: You Can Use Keratin To Get Rid Of Frizz Without Straightening Your Curls If all you want is slightly smoother texture, keratin can do that, too. Ask for a weaker formulation that won't release curls. Pena loves the Zero Frizz Quickie treatment in particular because “there's no downtime; you can wash your hair that night, and you're back to natural in six to eight weeks!” Coincidentally, Pena also created Zero Frizz Quickie, but we won't hold that against him.