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Animal Friends

Grades 3-6 in the Fall of 2023

Spend time at the Wanake Farm with goats, chickens, rabbits, cats, horses, and other guest animals.  Take care of the farm animals, including feeding, watering, and exercising them. Enjoy exploring the animals living in the Frog Pond, The Lake, and The Wanake Woods with Wanake’s incredible bullfrogs and turtles!  Meet the horses that live at Wanake.  Watch for Wanake’s native wildlife: birds, squirrels, butterflies, fish, and deer.  Swim, craft, explore the Bible, cookout, play camp-wide games (wide games), and enjoy s’mores and the ice cream breakfast. Live in the cabins nearest the Wanake Farm with the option of a sleepout under the stars. If your camper requires a specific housing option, please contact Wanake to arrange for their housing.

Dates Offered

Choose from three weeks this summer!

June 18-23, July 9-14, or July 23-28

Cost

$499 – Tier 1

$559 – Tier 2

$662 – Tier 3

Activity list

In addition to time spent with all the animals of Wanake, groups will also be able to choose activities to round out their week: Canoeing, Star Gazing/Telescope Watching, Rock Climbing, Fishing, Video Games, and more!

Housing Location

Wanake has two cabin locations, the White cabins and the Pines cabins. Furnished with bunk beds each cabin will house a maximum of 14-16 people. Both cabin locations have electricity and changing rooms, and are a short walk to bathhouses. Pines cabins are strategically located and ventilated to keep them cooler in the summer months, while the White cabins have air conditioning.

Optional One Night Sleepout Locations

Rock Lodge
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The Rock Lodge features a Bouldering wall built into the structure on the ground level.  (Bouldering is climbing horizontally rather than vertically as in rock climbing.)  Campers climb up into the structure.  The second floor is a picnic shelter about eight feet in the air.

Campers climb a built-in vertical ladder through a trap door into the bedrooms upstairs.  Each bedroom can sleep up to 8.  Hammock style beds hang from the ceiling of the structure as campers enjoy evening rests in the treetops. The top floor is completely enclosed for safety and security. 

Adirondack Shelter
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This traditional structure, patterned after the Adirondack Shelters of the Appalachian Trail, is like a three-sided log cabin with a screened in fourth side, making it mosquito-proof. These shelters do not have electricity. The smaller shelter houses 6 and the near-by larger shelter houses 10.

Wanake’s Adirondack Shelters are located in a shaded area near the Woods Shelter (which makes for a great “hang-out”, rain shelter, or gathering spot). The composting toilet (45-100 yards) and the hand washing (tooth brushing – face washing) station (45 yards) are also very close.

Survival Cabin
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This completely enclosed cabin can sleep up to 12 in one room and 8 in another. It has a canvas roof, continuous peak skylight and a rustic feel of a cabin constructed by survivors of a near by  airplane downing. Mosquito netting and screen doors make it mosquito proof.  The sky lighting and wispy mosquito netting windows make for a well-lit interior by day.

Of course, this cabin does not have electricity. It is located near the composting toilet and the hand washing (tooth brushing – face washing) station (100-120 yards). The Survival Cabin also features a very nice campfire site complete with fire ring and seating logs.

Wanake Camp and Retreat Center

Wanake Camp and Retreat Center