The Menogyn program has been carefully crafted to offer progressive challenge and growth for teens, ages 12–18. As campers return to Menogyn year after year, trips increase in difficulty, and campers build upon their wilderness and leadership skills.
Days 1 and 2
The first 48 hours of camp are spent preparing for the upcoming adventure. Campers plan the route and menu, learn new skills for wilderness travel, enjoy all-camp activities, make new friends, build group trust and get ready in mind, body and spirit to go “on trail.” Campers are checked-in by the health officer, visit the canoe workshop and learn about safely traveling through the area.
Day 3 and On
Campers typically go out “on trail” the morning of Day 3. Daily activities vary depending on the type of trip. Every camper will have time to practice new skills, whether they are learning the j-stroke, packing a backpack or using proper belay technique. The challenges of small group wilderness travel help develop maturity and self-esteem, as well as positive interactions with peers. While on trail, campers have input in the daily schedule and learn about leave-no-trace camping and flora and fauna.
Second-to-Last Day of Camp
After being welcomed “home” in the afternoon, campers visit the health officer and are then treated to a sauna and banquet dinner. An all-camp closing campfire celebrates everyone’s achievements, and the evening ends with a trail-group closing ceremony.
Following breakfast, campers fill out brief evaluations and exchange contact information before boarding the bus for the story-filled trip back home.